Parenting

We’re Training Here

You know how when you go through a check out line and there are two people working? And one has a little badge that indicates he’s a cashier in training? And you sigh a little bit at choosing the line you did as the other one zips past you, but then you smile and give him a little extra grace because, well, he’s new at this. And we all...
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Personal Growth

Fictional Finds

I love it when I find a new author to love. And this month I found two. Now I will proceed to read everything they’ve ever written (which, unfortunately, isn’t nearly as much as Barbara Kingsolver). None of these novels are impeccably written. That said, each of them said something I needed to hear right now. I connected easily to all the story lines and will likely even reread...
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Loving Others

A New Just Wait

“You think being a kid is tough? Just wait until you have to pay your own bills.” “You think long hours at work are tough? Just wait until you have long hours at work and your kids wake you up at 5am on the weekends.” “I know you feel huge and you have insomnia, but just wait until you have a newborn. Then you’ll never sleep (and still feel...
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Live Simply

Saving My Life This Winter

Winter can get rough around these parts. And so many times we think of the negative things surrounding us. Dark, gloomy, freezing days, anyone?  So when Anne suggested making an actual list of things that are saving your life (no matter how small), I jumped on it. Here’s what’s keeping me sane this winter: Shelving We put some shelves above our daughter’s top bunk which means she can keep...
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As a Family

What I’m Into (January 2015)

Goodness gracious, how is it the end of January already? Not that I’m complaining. Because after January is February – a very short month – followed by March which promises hope of spring! Here’s what I’ve been up to & into this month: Reading I finished both The Giver and Carry On, Warrior earlier this month. Read my thoughts about them here. I also read Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic...
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Inspiration

All the Time There Is

Pa and Ma Ingalls and family had just spent an entire year building something from nothing. A barn to protect their horses from wolves. A cabin from felled wood by the creek bed. A well for fresh water. Pa had just gotten enough hides to trade for garden seeds and supplies. Next year they’d have a garden. After a year of hard work and skill we can only imagine,...
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Personal Growth

On Dystopia & Our Messy Lives

I love it when the books I’m reading share themes and ideas and push me to think harder about life and love and my faith. This is especially fun when the overlap happens between fiction and non-fiction. That’s exactly what happened this month. I picked up The Giver this month because I wanted to read the book before watching the movie which is now at Redbox. I never read...
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