Category Archives: Journal

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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It’s happening….

I’m sitting in the Vision Therapy office today.  We have two children receiving therapy right now and life is full.  This is the first week I’ve found a wifi signal at the office, and am using some of this hurry up and wait time to write to you. While I am here watching Grant play […]
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How to blow your budget and end up eating stuff like “Ox Tail” but not starve

For new readers, I’m challenging myself to only spend $400 a month on food–to feed 8.  That’s $1.66 per person per day or about 50% of what we would be given from the government if we qualified for food stamps.  We are doing this because a huge foundation repair on our home devoured our savings […]
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25 Ways to Raise Happy Kids

  A few weeks ago, I was sitting in church with a full heart.  We had been trading illness around our house for a few months and hadn’t been able to attend as a family for that long.  It felt so good to be there!  I had a lot of things on my mind…a special […]
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The Way I Speak About Him…

…will determine the way the rest of the world sees him.  I know him better than anyone else.  I know more about him than anyone else.  If I say unflattering things about my husband, his reputation will suffer.  My girl-friends will lose their respect for him.  My mother could hold a grudge as a natural […]
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Take Note

It’s time to do yourself a little favor.  Take a quiet moment while the memories are still fresh and write some Christmas notes for yourself for next year. This isn’t the time to make huge plans (Which is so tempting when the execution of those plans is still 12 months away.)   Just write some […]
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The Perfect Christmas

I easily get caught up in wanting Christmas to be perfect and dreaming huge dreams for the short future.  Dreams so huge that when the future speedily comes my way I flail and flounder and botch everything up. In the past I’ve had lists of 25 activities that I want to do with the kids […]
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Turning a Corner

I think I’ve had a midlife crisis of sorts.  And then I think, wait—You’re not that old.  And then I realize that if I double my life I’d be 74…..I’m that old?!  But it’s not really about me.  It’s about Heidi, who will be turning 14 in a few weeks.  14! Have you seen her? […]
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I’ve been keeping a secret

We filmed a segment of the reality TV show Extreme Cheapskates….two years ago.  We were sworn to secrecy about the filming because it was the pilot episode and hadn’t been approved to air.  We thought the producer would let us know when it was going to air, if ever, so we could send out a […]
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