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Gathering

Being Real

I'm preparing for a couple of different get-aways during October. I already mentioned the adoptive momma retreat that I'm planning locally, which I hope is going to bless the mommas attending. I've also been invited to attend a different adoption retreat in Seattle soon, also quite small and intimate. At each retreat there are mommas I've known for awhile, and others I'll be … [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

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. … [Read More...]

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Success:  This week I had several days where I didn’t go anywhere. When you’re trying to be careful with your money, just staying out of the stores can be a big thing. Fail:  When my husband needed to replace a water timer  (to water our garden while we’re gone) I suggested he try a different […]

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When our oldest daughters became teens a decade or so ago, none of their friends had cell phones. Since then electronic communication has exploded.  These days most young teens have cell phones, along with many elementary school kids.  And most of these phones have internet access built in right along with calling and texting. Everywhere […]

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Frugal Friday

You know, at first I was feeling like I didn’t have a lot to say about frugality this week.  After all, we just got back from a week at the beach where we stayed in a lovely house right on the water.  Bliss, but not the most frugal of adventures.  Except– and I think this […]

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family time

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grace, guidance, and grudge-holding

I’ve been hashing over a dilemma that has plagued me to a degree ever since my first kid told me no, and continues to challenge me these days as we parent many teens.  In nearly every parenting journey, there’ll be times when a kiddo looks you in the face and blows a big fat raspberry, […]

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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