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Finding Beauty

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On September 1st, I received word that my junior high art and journalism teacher had lost her battle with breast cancer. What followed was a walk down memory lane that I least expected. I hadn’t thought of my years at Arroyo Seco Junior High in quite some time. Yet, memories of Ms. Berge came flooding […]

Review of A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family

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So many blogs, so little time. The internet is just filled with all sorts of great stuff! I could spend days reading all there is out there about home and family management and life as MOM and probably never exhaust it all. Not everything you read, though is that great. So, when you find a […]

Tim Hawkins – Weird Al for Our Generation

Tim Hawkins is a clever comedian who takes well-known tunes and makes them “relevant for today.” Love this one! And, yes, I think I would agree regardless of who had won the last election. The more I study the American Revolution with the kids, the more I realize the preciousness of our freedoms. Hope you […]

Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

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A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

From Envy to Admiration: When She’s Got What You Want

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image from Allposters This post was originally published November 5, 2008. She’s got a nicer house than you. She’s skinnier after having a baby than you were before you ever got pregnant. She’s better organized. She’s got a great job, and you’re “just” ________________. (fill in the blank.) And on and on and on. Chances […]

The Wingfeather Saga: Books You Can’t Put Down!

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It’s been a long time since I read a book that kept me up late at night reading and that kept me up even later, contemplating the storyline while lying in bed in the dark. Over the last few weeks my boys and I have been reading through the first two books in the Wingfeather […]

Send-Them-Off to College Gifts

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This week 19 years ago, my dad dropped me off at college. I was 18 and ready to take the world by storm. Back then I did my writing on a word processor/typewriter and had never heard the word email. I bought my books at a bookstore (remember those?) and mail order was done with […]

Why We Keep The Friends We Keep

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I met Stephanie in third grade Sunday school. We’ve known each other for almost thirty years {gasp}. We took all the same classes in junior high and high school. We were on homecoming court together. She was at my wedding and my first baby shower. Now we walk through motherhood together. Just a few months […]