Easter Surprise

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Last fall, a good friend emailed to ask if we would be interested in a free trampoline. Her kids had outgrown it, and she thought we might like it - all we had to do was dismantle it and haul it away. My husband and I left Bee in charge of her younger siblings, went […] Keep Reading

A Typical Day at Our House – 2014

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One day each year, I keep my camera with me and document the day’s happenings. I write these posts mainly because I enjoy looking back at how the children's appearances and interests have changed over the years, but also they serve as a scrapbook about our family life. I love knowing that someday, when they’re […] Keep Reading

The Man Cave Remodeling Project

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When we visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, Missouri last summer, our tour guide told us that there were some rooms on the second floor that we couldn't see. One of them was full of miscellaneous stuff - a junk room - because Laura believed that "every house needs a junk room." I agree […] Keep Reading

Aging with Grace, Revisited

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3 years ago, I wrote a post about how I didn't want to color my hair anymore. Having found my first gray hair at age 17, I had been attempting to fight genetics with an arsenal of different hair dyes for 11+ years, instead of just accepting that it was my fate to be prematurely […] Keep Reading

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Two years ago, my husband and I went to a counselor for help, not with our marriage (though we have seen a marriage counselor in the past), but because I was at the end of my rope. People often use this expression when they're frustrated or under stress, but this was more than mere frustration. […] Keep Reading

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Saturdays are very busy days for us. My husband has Bible Study Fellowship leaders' meeting very early on Saturday mornings, and the rest of the day is usually spent doing errands and household chores that we can't manage to get to during the week. We have no set meal times on weekends, and we typically […] Keep Reading

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Slow Cooker

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At our house, the main protein sources are chicken, turkey, salmon, and beef. In particular, we eat a lot of ground beef because it's versatile, economical, and tasty. However, I have a minor problem with ground beef; I don't especially like cooking it. I know...first world problems and all that. It's not like it's a […] Keep Reading

Weekly News Digest – March 13th, 2014

*People think that because I like to write, and putting words on paper generally comes easily to me, I must always know exactly what to say. On the contrary, I sometimes sit down, keyboard in hand, and can think of absolutely nothing even remotely interesting to write about. Or I know what to say, but […] Keep Reading

DJ Naming the Dinosaurs

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I'm a little overloaded this week with speech writing for MOPS next week, and working on the dreaded tax return, but I wanted to share this little video I took of DJ rattling off the names of all the dinosaurs in his favorite book. My favorite part is when he argues with me over what […] Keep Reading

True Romance

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This morning, when I was really annoyed because I'd been trying (unsuccessfully) for 20 minutes to drink a cup of coffee while dealing with kid demands and interruptions, I said to my husband, "It's a good thing I have low expectations for Valentine's Day, because let's face it - it's a holiday for people in […] Keep Reading

Weekly News Digest – February 11th, 2014

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* It's still cold here, folks. REALLY cold. The kids had 2-hour delays both Monday and today because of -20 temps and biting winds. And guess what? It's supposed to snow again tomorrow! Good grief. To give you an idea of how tired I am of winter, I actually asked my husband to get me […] Keep Reading

The Long Winter

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I have lived in the upper Midwest my entire life, and I'm no stranger to long, hard winters. I grew up near the Minnesota border, and I can remember playing on mountains of snow as tall as some houses, and getting out of school for an entire week because of severe winter weather. We Midwesterners […] Keep Reading