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16+ Clutter Free Gift Ideas for Young Kids

Our daughter turns five at the end of this month so we’ve been thinking through what we’ll get her. We loosely follow the want, need, wear, read philosophy so we’re thinking along those lines. But with Christmas something like 98 days away (AHHH! My eyes!), I thought I’d share a longer list of clutter free gift ideas for young kids. Because I, for one, love when people give us...
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Personal Growth

Desperately Interrupted

Just like last month, I only managed to read two books this time around. But, just like last month, they are great ones. Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson Mae and Clarkson know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by motherhood. Mae is currently in the trenches with her three young children, and Clarkson has four grown children and has...
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Faith

Why I Gossip and How I’ve (Mostly) Stopped

I hate to admit that I struggle with gossip. I’d rather downplay it. The reality is, I don’t gossip with very many people. And therefore I’ve justified it as okay. But it’s not. And I’d like to say it’s something I put aside years ago. But that’s not true either. I can say that I’m much improved over the last year or so. But I can’t say that’s from...
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As a Family

Why I’m Teaching Our Kiddos Hymns

“One of our great idolatries, yours and mine, comes from our loss of memory, of respect for the past; we become locked in the present moment, no longer able to judge and discern the good from the mediocre. We forget in the entertainment of the moment to bring with us the best of what God’s gifted men and women have given us, and to maintain a standard for what...
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Parenting

Mamas: You Are NOT Alone

When you forget to pay a bill and incur a late fee. You are not alone. When you blow up at one of your kids. You are not alone. When you look around and wonder how all the other mothers are doing it so perfectly while you are failing. You are not alone. When you’re scared you’re getting it all wrong. You are not alone. When the milk spills...
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As a Family

An Alternative to Bucket Lists

I’ve done bucket lists before. For fall. And Christmas. And winter.  And since I like having a plan, they have sort of worked for me. But I like checking things off. All the things. And bucket lists rarely get fully accomplished. Someone gets sick. We have a few bad days. Or a new and exciting opportunity comes along and pushes the list to the side. That’s normal. But I...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Into (August 2014)

August is a crazy month in our family. Not only do we celebrate Dan’s and my anniversary and my birthday but we also have: My brother and sister-in-law’s anniversary Dan’s parents anniversary Dan’s sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary My brother’s birthday My other brother’s birthday My sister-in-law’s birthday And if we wanted to get really crazy…four of my cousins and an aunt celebrate their birthdays in August as well. Thankfully...
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