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Tokens of Affection

A giveaway and a favor

I have a book giveaway for you today! Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression is billed as a book for couples recovering from postpartum depression, but I chose to review it thinking it might encourage adoptive families as well.  Adoptive moms can struggle with depression in just the same way that bio moms do. Bottom line-- adding a child to … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Our family place

Down by the river side

This past weekend we took some of the kids camping in the mountains. 'Some' because with three teens working and one taking a summer class, it's becoming just about impossible to find a time everyone can get away. This weekend we left two teens home … [Read More...]

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Summer projects for outdoor fun

Recently while thinking about the summery fun I’m hoping to have with my family, I came across several ideas that I thought would be fun to try. Easy DIY Firepit — John got me one of these metal firepits for my birthday last summer, and we’re thinking it would be really fun to jazz it [...]

The Nesting Place giveaway

Giveaway: The Nesting Place

Folks, I am soooo excited about this lovely book!  It is by Myquillyn Smith, who blogs at The Nester, and it contains many, many simple and delightful ways to make a wonderfully comfortable haven out of any ordinary house.  You don’t have to have thousands of dollars.  In fact, you don’t even have to own [...]

We're the lilies of he field

Running to our Saviour

We’re the lilies of the field Covered by the sun We’re the sparrows of the air Lifted by his love Oh, oh, oh, seasons come and go He is ever closer To take the last breathe here Is to leave behind the tears we cry With nothing left to fear We’re running to our savior

a typical grocery trip

Frugal friday– and ways to save at the store

Whew! It’s frugal Friday again, and somehow I’ve taken a blogging vacation this week. Except, instead of FEELING like a vacation, it felt like driving and more driving. To job interviews and shopping and doctor appointments and more shopping and more appointments. The good news is that both of my soon-to-be-driving sons now have summer [...]

Graduation Day

A happy weekend

Happy weekend for us– Jared, our third born and oldest son, graduated from college with a degree in computer science!  He starts a new job in June. So proud of him!

Our graduates

(not so) frugal Friday

Oh, I’ve had a busy week!  This weekend Jared graduates from college (computer science major), and next weekend Lidya graduates from high school.  So we’re planning a party for both of them along with some friends who are also graduating.  We’re also finishing our school year and trying to get in the groove of a [...]

Beef Stroganoff

Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

A NYT article Putting Meat in its Place captured my philosophy on meat perfectly. We don’t NEED huge slabs of meat on our dinner plates every day! In that spirit, here’s a recipe that I posted a couple years ago but just now got around to photographing. We only make this once a month or [...]

Bracelet

Stitch Fix time again– help?

Thanks to those of you who have been trying Stitch Fix along with me, once again I built up some credits to spend. Yay-thank you!  My latest fix had some things I adored, and some that seem almost right but have me still guessing.  This bracelet set is absolutely lovely, but at $36 for the [...]

With all 10 kids  :)

Easy summer learning

This week I’m thinking about what school our kids will be doing this summer, besides yard work, and hanging out with friends, and summer jobs. For years we took summers entirely off school, and I have to admit that way still sounds appealing. But then I remember about the math-forgetting, and the wandering around bored, [...]

Frugal Friday

Frugal Friday

I’m so glad you’ve been sharing your frugal successes with me every Friday! There are soooo many opportunities in a week to spend money.  Knowing that I’ll be telling on myself really helps me avoid overspending!  Speaking of which, I’ll start with my frugal fails.  I spent way too much on lemons and avocados late [...]