Category Archives: Family

A Look at Contentment Part 1

During a long illness last winter, I watched every episode of “Say Yes to the Dress.”  It was shocking.  I couldn’t look away.  These brides willingly dropped half an annual salary on a dress they would wear once, for a marriage that was likely to end in divorce within the next 5 years. Many girls […]
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Teaching Kids to Handle Money: The Trip Envelope

My parents have 8 grandchildren. Two years ago, they started an annual tradition to build personal relationships with each of the kids in small groups. Every year, they take 2 of the kids on a road trip to see some national treasure like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Pike’s Peak.   For the year leading […]
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House Remodel Update

Have you ever been pregnant almost 2 weeks past your due date and someone asked, “Have you had that baby yet?” “Um, look at me.  Do I look like I’ve had this baby?” I know people are just trying to reach out, to make conversation and say “I care about you.” What an overdue mama really needs […]
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Summer’s not over…but my vacation is

What!?  It’s August? School is just around the corner…. It’s been a few years since I wrote a “What I did On My Summer Vacation” paper.  If you hate watching someone’s vacation slides, you might want to skip this and come back tomorrow. In late May, we took a road trip to Florida.  We loaded up our […]
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Ham and Cheese Pockets

There’s something wonderful about having a basic recipe memorized.  It gives freedom in cooking and opens up creativity.  It allows a woman to go into another home, discover a need, and whip up a delicious supper without running to the internet or a cook book.   My Basic pizza dough is a recipe like that. […]
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What Are all Those People in Line for?

Have you ever walked or driven by a huge line…and been all insecure? Like they know something awesome is going to happen and you don’t have a clue? That almost happened to me.  Ok, it happened this week but the good news is there are still 5 days for us to join in and we […]
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An important fact about Playdough

I was shopping for birthday gifts this week for a little boy that’s about to turn 3.  Is that even possible? This boy is particularly fond of playdough.  Sometimes I like to make my own, but this time I wanted him to have some with vivid bright colors and decided to splurge for the real […]
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How to Properly Use a Red Card

Ah Target. For all your personal flaws, I like your aisle style. I love that your red card includes a debit card option, gives me a 5% discount, donates a percentage of my purchases to my school, and gives me free shipping online. You have an ulterior motive though.  I can see through your niceness. […]
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What you need to know about your threshold

When I was 12 years old, I was 30 lbs overweight and miserable. That’s 12 year old me all the way over on the right. My dad’s entire family was obese and even though my dad was normal and my mom was tiny, I was convinced that I looked the way I did because of […]
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Buffet Before and After

I’m guesting over at DecorChick today, where we’re talking about cutting grocery budgets.   A few years ago I ordered this buffet from Home Decorators Collection from their clearance center.  The description read “antique white with a honey oak top.”  When it arrived it was puce green with an orange top.  Whenever I looked at it, […]
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