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What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

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Today is the last day of our Christmas Break from homeschooling. It has just flown by. In case you were wondering, here’s what we did: Cleaned out the garage. Finally! Baked and decorated this cake. Attended tea parties. Visited my parents. Cried that these guys are growing too quickly. Searched for shells and hermit crabs at […]

Goal Setting: Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

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That’s me – the list maker. Each year come the last week of December, I think about the past year and how life has changed and how my family and I have grown. And then I plan for the next one and try to anticipate how life will change and hope for how my family […]

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered: What a Merry Christmas!

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the […]

More Important than Your To-Do List

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The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

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My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]

10 Books that Are Necessary to Life

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Photo source: takomabibelot / CC BY 2.0 This time of year has me thinking about resetting the clock, getting a fresh start. With the new year beginning in just a few weeks, my mind moves toward new ideas, new habbits, and new resolutions for my mind. Part of that process for me is reading or […]

Freezer Cooking: Crazy Woman Lives to Cook Another Day

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Would you talk some sense into me next time? Yes, at about 5 pm, I realized that I was in deep. Due to a missing roasting pan, a long-cooking turkey, too much beef to cook in one round, etc, etc, my afternoon stretched into evening. When FishPapa came home, I still had beef to shred, turkey […]