Category Archives: Family

The Filthy Rich

Lately at Sunday School, the pulpit, normal conversation …  discussions about the rich have been more frequent than usual.  Most of the conversations have been about the evils of wealth and the scriptures that talk about how hard it is for a rich man to get into heaven. In all of these discussions, no one talking about the […]
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Surrounding Myself with Success

I don’t have a lot of time today, but I wanted to express something short.  We become like the people we spend the most time with.  If we want to be savers, hanging out with extravagant spenders will influence how satisfied we are with our meager existence. Have you ever heard someone say, “I grew up […]
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Some Cool Things

Today is a busy day.  This week I’ve gone through all my fabric (roughly 12 big tubs worth) and am letting it all go.  Well, almost all of it.  I’ve kept back just enough to fill 3 Sterilite tubs.  The rest needs to be cleaned, straightened, measured and marked for the craft show this weekend. […]
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How to Motivate Your Kids to Practice

  Music is the language of God.  The more I study it, the more I’m convinced it’s a fact. As an adult it’s easy for me to spout the benefits of music study….especially when it comes to brain development in the language and mathematic areas.  You would think these lofty truths would motivate my kids to practice. […]
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Tough Decisions

It was one of those mornings. Brandon was screaming for a half an hour, because he couldn’t find his backpack.  No one could find the backpack, and I was asking him to move on, “Make your lunch.” He’s in first grade, his backpack is empty.  We have other bags. Seriously.  But it was super important […]
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How to Get Your Husband to Budget with You

Hi Ladies! Long time no see. I’ve been back in bed for a bit, except to teach choir and maybe another hour or two.  Technically I could blog from bed (like I’m doing now) but sometimes even that takes too much energy. I don’t want to dwell on that, though. I want to talk about manipulation.  Wait. […]
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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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