52 VERSES FOR 2015

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     Well the new year is here (actually it has been for 20 days), and I have yet to share with you my goal for 2015!       I love new year’s resolutions!  I’m quirky like that.  It just seems to be a fresh invitation to do what I’ve not yet done, or change what I haven’t yet changed.  I usually …

TURNING 50

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     I had a birthday last week and my family took all kinds of opportunities to make it special for me.  Especially my dear husband.  He put lots of extra effort into this one because I’m the first of the two of us to enter a new decade.  Not just any decade.  THE decade.  As in the big FIVE ZERO.  …

BASEMENT MEMORIES

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     I have mentioned that we’ve been in the throes of basement renovation.  That was completed last week.  Yay!!!  Our two “away” kiddoes hadn’t seen the finished project yet, only a picture I sent them of the main area.  They got to come in over the weekend, excited to see the finished product.       My son arrived home around midnight Thursday.  …

COLLEGE WEEKEND

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     It was Parent’s Weekend at Cedarville University, where our third born, Hayley, attends.  Kylie (my youngest, the only child left at home) and I drove up to visit.       I haven’t seen Jim since he left me at the airport last Sunday (see last post), and he arrived home late Friday night after we were long gone, so he …

AIRPORT DAY

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     This morning I awoke to several thoughts, one of which was this is the day I leave Jim and fly home alone.  If you read the last post, you know that we spent some time last week in Myrtle Beach.  Well after that, we flew to Tampa, where his home office is located, spent the weekend, and today I fly home while he stays on for …

27 YEARS OF LAUGHS

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     Jim and I left Sunday on an RV road trip to Myrtle Beach.  This is a big deal for us, because we’ve never done it without kids.  We have spent many a vacation camping at the beach with our kids and we have many, many great memories.  In this new phase of life, the nearly empty nest, with the …

WHY I BLOG

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     About four years ago I found out anyone could blog.  I’ve always felt a need inside of me to express my thoughts and feelings on paper.  Growing up, I wrote a lot, even as a little kid I had a diary all about my secret crushes at the ripe old age of 9.  In high school I kept a journal …

God knows the plan - what to do when you feel chained down. Scripture truths for when you feel God doesn't see you. Encouragement for when you're stuck with seemingly no way out.

God knows the plan; what to do when you feel chained down

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*This post may contain affiliate links.  Should you choose to purchase certain advertised items, I will receive a small compensation, which will help keep this blog up and running!  You may view my policies here.   Have you ever tried to read through the Bible?  That’s been my goal for about 30 years.  But I’ve stayed on track since January 1 …

UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS

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     Just kidding, this has nothing to do with unicorns or rainbows, but “How to make sure you see all my blog posts”  was just too long and boring.  Which is really what this is about. After all, you don’t want to miss out, right???  So, to make it worth your trouble (in case you gulp don’t want to know how to see all …

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SAWYER

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     Sawyer turned one last Saturday and we got to PAR-TAY!  Our grandson is much loved and lots of family attended.  Daughter number 3 prepared his cake and the cupcakes, and daughter number 2 took the pictures.  Let’s just say Sawyer made out like a bandit.  It was an outside party at a local park, and this day just happened to …

THE BATTLE OF THE MARRIED WILLS

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     If you read my last entry, you know that I spent some time in Florida with my husband, Jim, last week.  We are re-entering society as a couple again, instead of two parents with a passel of kids in tow.  We’ve actually been working towards this for a couple of years now, getting acclimated to each other in a …

To the mom who prays for silence - finding contentment in the loud seasons with small children. From an empty nest mom.

To the mom who prays for silence

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Are you a mom who prays for silence – just a bit of peace and calm in your day? A prominent sign in my house read, “Who are all these kids and why do they keep calling me mom?”  I recently moved it to the basement because, well, that’s not really descriptive of my household anymore. When loud season ends …

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

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I just kissed two of my four children goodbye to college in two different states.  My oldest child is due with grandbaby #1 in October. The youngest is still with us – for one more year. These would be the two middle, crazy, clownish children.  You know the ones.  They have to vie for attention from the very beginning to establish pecking …

How to see the world through grandma's eyes; encouragement for the caregiver to slow down, enjoy details, and glean soul focus

How to see the world through grandma’s eyes

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After letting my mom’s cataracts marinate for a couple of years, the optometrist gave the go-ahead to have them removed.  I flew her to a world renown surgeon in Tarpon Springs, Florida, since I’d heard great things about him. We live in West Virginia, but my husband’s home office is in St. Petersburg, Florida, where we own a condo, so …

WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH ALL THOSE TOYS, MOM?

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What mom doesn’t get tired of toys strewn all over the floor?  Leggos and Barbie doll shoes – not very foot friendly if you happen to step on them, tonka trucks and play school shopping buggies – even harder to maneuver around.  How do you get kids to keep it tidy?  Where do you put it all, and how do …

The perfect mom myth; 4 practical skills to implement with your kids and advice for when you feel like a failure.

The “perfect mom” myth; How to parent practically

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You know that perfect mom that has it all together, always looks terrific in her size 4 jeans, perfect hair and makeup?  That mom with the cute kids dressed in designer wear and the Ray Ban-clad husband with the muscular frame? Her house is always spotless, tastefully decorated, and she usually has a new picture or accent every time you …

ARE YOUR KIDS BEST FRIENDS?

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You know that saying that goes “I can beat up my sister all I want, but you’d better not mess with her or I’ll beat you up too”?  Ok, loose paraphrase – maybe it’s not even a saying.  Maybe it’s just a thought.  However, it is a very loud and unspoken thought in this family. Last week Jim and I …