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Winning Family Movies

Winning family movies

One thing that's almost inevitable when you've been a mom for a few years, is that you're going to watch and re-watch a lot of kid-movies. This week we happened to watch a couple movies that are a few years old but that I still enjoy after multiple watchings. It got me thinking about the rarity of a decent family movie that's still fun for both kids and parents even after … [Read More...]

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Crab Chowder recipe

Recipe: Hearty Crab Chowder

Weather around here has been lovely and spring-like, but I see that all over the U.S. much of the weather has been awful. If you're looking for a warm winter chowder, you might be interested in trying this recipe. I always use imitation crab, but of … [Read More...]

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Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Hooray! Finally, after years of living only in my head, my very first e-book is complete and officially releases on Monday. It's called Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families and is chock full of my best tips for doable homeschooling … [Read More...]

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Fall Flowers

Frugality this week

The flowers above are from my sweet mother in law to celebrate the launch of Forever Mom.  (Hope you’re not too, too sick of hearing about it!   )  Very sweet of her to help me celebrate!  We are enjoying the prettiness of the flowers on our table. I did finally get around to canning […]

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Hearing shark music?

I’m very much enjoying the new book by Daniel Siegel titled No-Drama Discipline.  Last night I read a bit to John that had both of us laughing with rueful understanding.  Siegel was writing about how our kids’ actions can be very alarming to us at times, leading our over-active imaginations down scary paths.  He warns […]

with Andrea at C4C in 2013

Need a getaway with a friend?

So today is a big day at the Owlhaven– it’s release date for Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting! The prayer of my heart for Forever Mom is that it will encourage and equip adoptive mommas to love their children well.  I went into adoptive motherhood having read many books, and thought I […]

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Some most exciting news! (photos!)

Something rather thrilling happened around here over the weekend. Our oldest son Jared, who graduated from college in May, asked his Erika to marry him. And she said yes! We are so thrilled for them! PS:  The photographers were Jared’s brother Daniel and their roommate Luke, who were hiding off in the distance unseen. 

At the corn maze

Frugal Friday

This week was quieter than we’ve had in….maybe months.  It was lovely to have no early appointments on multiple days, in fact, no place go *at all* some days.  Ahhhh. It bores my teens to tears, and truthfully I’d have happily watched at least twice as many soccer games as I did this fall.  I […]

Freebies if you order Forever Mom by Nov 4th

FOREVER MOM giveaway!

Just wanted you all to know that Lisa Qualls of One Thankful Mom is doing a giveaway of Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting over on her blog this week. She’s also sharing her impressions of the book, so if you’d like a free copy, go sign up for the giveaway and read […]

Greater

Greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world.

With our sweet grandbabies

Frugal Friday

I don’t feel like I’m completely ‘back’ after a busy couple weeks, but I decided I’d better write out a few of the things I’ve done right to get some momentum building again and work my way back fully into the frugal swing of things. Last weekend I picked peppers and tomatoes out of our […]

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Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting (and free wall art)

I wanted to tell those of you who are interested a little about my latest book Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting.  It is coming out on October 28th, and I must confess to a crazy mix of excitement and tremulous nerves about this book.  My greatest longing is that it will encourage […]

Stitch Fix

Fall Stitch Fix

  Just a quick post about my Stitch Fix for this fall. I got two tops, a skirt, a dress and a necklace.  Overall I was kinda disappointed with this fix. Both the skirt and the dress were short and form-fitting– not the best look for me. I think I need to tell them in […]