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Em at 12

My girl at 12

This girl of mine. I got a few pictures of her at her little niece Ali's first birthday, and I just love how they capture her. She's growing up on me lately-- is only half an inch shorter than I am at barely 12. I think she's going to be a tall lady. Two years of being an auntie have made her proficient at baby-handling. She just loves the little ones, and totes them around … [Read More...]

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Canning

September grocery challenge, week 3

I spent $129 shopping this week, bringing our total for the month to $231. Given the fact that it's Sept 19th, I think we're doing great. I still have $70 to spend! This week I bought milk, eggs, oil, vinegar, cheese, butter, potatoes, oatmeal, … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

When love isn't enough

Why it (sometimes) doesn’t matter how you feel about your kids

In the midst of the challenge of parenting many teens, inevitably there are moments where my kids see me as enemy number one, the  one thwarting their dearest-held wishes. Moments like these frustrate me as much as they frustrate them.  I want them … [Read More...]

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berries

Frugal Friday

Over a couple days time we picked 5 pounds of raspberries and 4 pounds of plums, so on Monday I made more jam. The berries are looking really nice this year. It was a nice wet spring, and we also did a good job pulling out dead canes. I am hoping to make plum jam […]

Food that protects your skin from the sun

Food that protects your skin from sun

Most of my kids are dark skinned enough that they rarely burn, and usually I’m not outside long enough to worry about burning.  But when we go camping, or go to the water park like we did yesterday, I do break out the sunscreen for some additional skin protection.  But to be honest, the more […]

Bees swarming

Buzzing around here

Look what we spotted in the tree above our swimming pool this morning! Anybody know a beekeper in the Treasure Valley area who might be interested in taking them off our hands?

Raspberry Jam

Happy 4th– and Frugal Friday

Happy 4th of July!  It’s Frugal Friday again! This week I cooked double batches of chili and pasta carbonera, so I was able to serve 4 meals for the effort of two. Thankfully my family does pretty well with leftovers, because they are a real help on busy days.  We also resisted fast food when […]

Berry Oreo Dessert

Berry-Pudding Dessert for a Crowd

Last month we had our annual Bible camp in the mountains with a bunch of other families from our church.  As usual, I was in charge of getting the food planned and bought, then handed off much of the actual cooking to others once we got to camp.  Though much of the menu is the […]

On the water

The Pharisee in me

Funny thing about life before parenting, and even life before you’ve had the chance to parent a challenging child. You can be really smug thinking you’re a pretty decent person, that you’re good at loving and good at forgiving. You may glimpse a bit of less-than-awesome lurking in there, but it’s still possible to fool […]

Raise the Banner

Raise the Banner

Here they come We are surrounded We’re out numbered With no place to run So we’re staying here Lifting up a prayer Deliver us

turning a shirt into a skirt

t-shirt makeover

Recently in a bag of hand-me-downs I spotted a ladies top whose fabric I really liked but the style of which did not appeal to any of the girls in the family. That set me to wondering how I could remake the shirt into something that someone would enjoy. The fabric was soft and stretchy […]

Tubing

Camping fun

Here’s at least some of what’s been keeping me away from the blog during the past week. I’ll write more later. Hope you’re enjoying your summer as well!    

Sweet little Ascher

summertime

Too busy to blog today, but thankfully my lovely daughters have somehow found time to blog even with teeny ones!  Maybe you’d like to pop over and see what’s new with them?? Amanda Erika