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Habits are the Best

I am coming out of the baby fog, folks. Yes, I still have two kids 5 and under, but every day I marvel at how much easier life is becoming (okay, maybe not every day). Both kids sleep through the night. They can both climb into their carseats without assistance. They can both use their words to tell me exactly what they want. And many times they are truly, actually...
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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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Forget Resolutions, Form Some Habits

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for their unhelpfulness. We don’t usually keep them, so I don’t really bother making them. Habits on the other hand are remarkably reliable. I brush my teeth every night before bed. And put my seat belt on each and every time I get into a car. These aren’t things I think about or will myself into. I just do them. Mainly because they’re habits...
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Getting Outside in Winter Time

  Update: We now live back in Michigan where we’re enjoying loads of snow and wind chills near zero in mid-November. So I thought it was a good time to repost this…mainly as a reminder to me. Because getting outside in the winter is not my favorite. But it’s worth it. Occasionally. And with no guilt trips from me toward you. Because I haven’t taken the kids out yet...
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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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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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Money Talk with Preschoolers

“Is it in our budget to get me a toy today?” my four-year old inquires. Yay! She’s absorbing something underneath all that squirming. Talking to our kiddos about money at a young age sets them up for a healthy relationship with finances in the future. Here’s how the conversation is taking place at our house. Around two years old, our daughter started asking why Daddy had to go to work....
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