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Which three words would you choose?

Recently the adoption community was rocked by the news that an adoptive mother of many children was killed in a car accident.  It is so hard to process news like this.  That's when faith has to come in, I guess-- faith that the God who knows everything knows better than we do.  But oh, it's hard to trust that God really does have a good plan for those precious children. My … [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...]

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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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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 [...]

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Reviving tired cabinets with gel stain

We built our house in 1993, and a couple decades with our big clan has left many things looking well worn, including all the cabinets in the house.  In 2012, I gave two bathrooms a $40 makeover. I’ve been wondering about doing a similar makeover in our worn kitchen.  But I was leery of making [...]

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We are in our last push to get school done for the year.  Half the kids have already finished their math.  All but one are done writing.  My two high-schoolers taking college classes are finishing up last projects and gearing up for finals. The teens are down to their last two chapters of chemistry, and [...]

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Here’s another rambling story of things that I did this week to save money. For starters, though, a fail: I frittered away $50 on TWO different fast-food dinners. Both times I was out doing things with a bunch of kids, and it felt like the best way to finish what we needed to do before [...]

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that adoption video going around on facebook

So there’s a PSA-style video that’s been going around on facebook talking about the intrusive questions that adoptive families get about their families out in public.   The video suggested that those types of questions are akin to asking a female if she’s had surgery to augment a part of her body– totally inappropriate and [...]

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Frugal Friday- please join in!

Frugal stuff that happened at our house this week: I cut my husband’s hair. I cut lots and lots of lilacs to decorate our house this week.  So lovely. I found potatoes, apples and oranges for a good price at the grocery outlet. I hunted with my daughter for a prom dress at thrift stores.  [...]

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