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Toy Purge: How Do You Know?

Little Man’s 4th birthday was Saturday. Christmas was, obviously, just a few weeks ago. So we suddenly have an influx of new toys. Now, I am pretty hardcore when it comes to gift giving and my little one. I send out “wish lists” to the family and suggest things that we need. We don’t have… Continue reading Toy Purge: How Do You Know?

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2014: Choose Joy

My resolution, or goal, or one word, or what have you, for 2014 is “choose joy.” I have lost my joy. This was brought to my attention in a not insignificant way Monday morning, just as I was to leave the house for a much needed time away with God. I was going to go… Continue reading 2014: Choose Joy

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True Life

This is our life, currently. We leave for vacation on Monday. The water heater started leaking last night and we discovered it this evening. The plumber comes tomorrow. Our cat has two nights left before her one way trip to the vet. She is very sick and old, and her quality of life is very… Continue reading True Life

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We are in the path of potentially bad weather today. There has already been marble and golf ball sized hail not twelve miles from us. My meteorologist friend has suggested we find someplace with a basement for this afternoon. Having grown up in Indiana, severe weather is nothing new for me. But this morning, as… Continue reading Stuff

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Christmas This Year

Last year I wrote a few posts about my desire to have a perfect Christmas (and the requisite honest follow up). Obviously, that did not come to fruition, because nothing in this life is perfect. I scaled back my expectations (for myself) this year. Interestingly, there have been a number of blogs out there discussing… Continue reading Christmas This Year

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Managing the Tension

Tuesday at MOPS our Executive Minister was the guest speaker. I love our Exec. Min. I actually have a teeny tiny crush on him. But every time he opens his mouth, wisdom pours out. He began his talk by saying there is no such thing as balance. Society today tells people, especially mothers, I think,… Continue reading Managing the Tension

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Simplicity: Christmas & Birthday

I’m a little overwhelmed about the next six weeks or so. So far, we have three family Christmas events, two church productions and a first birthday coming up. We have been “out” of the Christmas game for so long, I’m apprehensive that I will do it wrong. And frankly, the thought of “doing Christmas” is… Continue reading Simplicity: Christmas & Birthday