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Frugality this week

Here's what I did in the past week to save money: I found five pairs of shorts and several shirts at the thrift store for my kids instead of buying them new. When doing yard work this past weekend, instead of buying new wood to replace the rotted-out wood edging around our play area, I repurposed wood that we already had. When I wanted to add new mulch in the play area, … [Read More...]

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Molly’s 10-Minute Chicken

  Folks who haven't done menu planning before sometimes assume it has to be this big complicated thing. Here's how it most commonly looks at my house-- a simple list of meals in a spiral notebook. (If I'd known I was going to show this … [Read More...]

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Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I've captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It's definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my … [Read More...]

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Toward wise and loving parenting

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This is amazing grace

  This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You’d lay down Your life That I would be set free Oh, Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me Who brings our chaos back into order Who makes the orphan a [...]

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Of Chaos and Coffee

One of the things about having lots of kids is that you’re always trying to control the chaos one way or another. Sometimes that means putting multiple kids in the same activity to save driving, or doing fewer activities overall. Other times you triple a cookie recipe while you’ve already got a mess in the [...]

Easy Egg Rolls

Easy egg rolls

  Here’s a recipe for the egg rolls that I mentioned the other day.  Vary the filling as you wish. PrintEasy egg rolls Prep Time: 40 minutes Yield: 20 rolls Egg rolls are my traditional offering at our family’s Super Bowl party. I fry them at home and re-crisp in my host’s oven for a [...]

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$1000 Suave Moroccan Infusion giveaway

Along about February in Idaho, I think the vast majority of folks could use a little more moisture in their skin. Idaho is basically a desert, after all: Boise gets about 12 inches of rain in an entire year. Then there’s the fact that the vast majority of the people in our house have dry [...]

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Well, I’m sitting here in an airport again today.  My first flight was canceled and I was rebooked on one that departs Atlanta just after 5 PM and is scheduled to arrive home in Boise rather late tonight.  I’m hoping for no more delays or cancellations, because I am more than ready to get home [...]

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Grace was made for people like me.  

Homeschooling Q&A

Homeschooling Q&A

As I was preparing to go to Created for Care this year, I went through some notes from last year and found some of the questions the ladies there asked about homeschooling. I can’t remember how many of these Meghan and I actually answered during our session, but I thought it might be useful to [...]


You know it’s been a bad day at the airport

… when you spot the cot guy driving along dropping off cots at every gate.  Turns out Dallas is not used to snow, wreaking havoc on many, many people’s travel plans yesterday. Many people waited all day as flight after flight was delayed and canceled.  The great news?  My flight was ONLY four hours late, [...]