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At the hospital again

Frugal, not so frugal

Frugal: The biggest news around here is that I got that OB job at the local hospital.  I'll start in early April and will work 3 shifts a week for a month as I get oriented. Once I am oriented I'll cut back to two (night) shifts a week. Since John works only 3 (day) shifts a week, one of us will still be home the vast majority of the time. But it's been SO long since I've … [Read More...]

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Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I've fallen back on wisdom from my mom: "Moderation in everything." Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I'm making out a learning plan for our school … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

Joy for the Journey panel

Talking with our adopted children about their first family

At the adoption retreat that I attended last month, the organizers put together a fabulous panel of birth parents and adult adoptees who talked about their experiences–  Robyn Afrik, Dr. Fran Edwards, and Darrick Rizzo were just some who spoke. Very often in the adoption ‘triad’, the voice of the adoptive parent is heard loudest, […]

Stitch Fix

November Stitch Fix

I thought I’d share my latest Stitch Fix goodies with you this morning. First up is this black chevron skirt and black short-sleeve blouse. The skirt is pretty, but it was a little short for a maxi on me– it almost felt like petite sizing– and is similar to another skirt that I already own.  […]

frugal table decor

Frugality this week

This week I’ve been Christmas shopping, which tends to lead to feelings of non-frugality. But I felt good about overall resisting the siren call of Black Friday shopping, which often seems to end up with me impulse-buying a fair number of random items.  I did buy a few carefully chose items online for excellent prices.  […]

Homeschooling resources

Homeschooling Resources

When talking with a group of mommas about homeschooling at the Joy for the Journey adoption retreat last month, I promised them a post sharing some of my favorite homeschooling resources.  Here’s that list.  Most are ones I’ve used.  Some I mention because they are highly recommended by other homeschooling moms. Some of them are […]

sisters

Friends and Ferguson

A few weekends ago I went to Pennsylvania to speak at the Joy for the Journey retreat for adoptive mommas.  Some of the most memorable and sweetest time on the trip turned out to be visiting with a new friend named Adrienne who drove me to and from the airport, a drive of about two […]

How to Fund Your Adoption

For those of you interested in adoption but wondering how on earth you’d ever afford it –and I KNOW there are lots of you out there!  –here’s a great little book just released by my friend Lauren Casper.  Check it out: How to Fund Your Adoption: Dispelling the Myth That You Can’t Afford to Adopt.

Reeses Bark

Recipes for holiday gatherings

If you’re wondering what to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering, here are a few yummy ideas for inspiration. Cranberry Pumpkin Bread With Orange Glaze is always a hit. This recipe for Reeses’ Bark is from the Hershey’s website. It is yummy, easy and SO pretty!  Seriously, a 20 minute recipe. I’d definitely melt the chocolate […]

Kitties like pencils too.

Books, frugality, birthdays, and an awesome pencil sharpener (do these topics actually go together?)

Life has been nutty around here.  Wednesday alone I had three different interviews for Forever Mom.  By the end of the day both of my phones had dead batteries and I felt certain I had lost all ability to construct a complete sentence.  Whew!  What’s really cool is that people are interested in Forever Mom–here’s […]

Books

Need a new Christmas story?

For many years when we had a whole slew of little ones, each November I would secretly gather together all our Christmas story books, wrap them up individually in gift wrap, and then let our kiddos open one story book each night during the weeks before Christmas.  Always I would sneak in at least a […]

AMAZING

Chat with me?

Hey friends, THIS afternoon on FaithGateway LIVE at 2pm EST/ 11am PST I’m chatting about my new book Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting! Whether you’ve adopted, are considering it, want to support loved ones, or just want to hear more about our adoption journey, come join the conversation! Here’s the link: http://www.faithgateway.com/author-chat-with-mary-ostyn/  […]