family

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For the past 18 months I have often wondered what “normal” means. What does that even look like? After losing Sophia, our life as a family of 4 has seemed to be anything but normal.  Though I’m not sure what normal really means for us, there are a few things about it that I do

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In case you ever wondered what the results may be when you mumble a distracted “Uh-huh” when asked by a 7-year-old if she can “take a few pictures,” wonder no more. While uploading pictures to the computer you will be enlightened by the view as seen through her eyes. You may just find no less

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One of my most vivid memories of my mom is watching her put on make-up.  I remember her sitting in the bathroom with her little magnifying mirror plucking, smoothing, drawing, “putting her face on” as she always says. My mom would never, ever, consider “leaving the house without her face on.”  Ever. As I grew

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What’s been keeping me too busy to sit at the computer long enough to respond to emails, let alone pour my thoughts into a blog post you ask?  Wellllll, let me just show you a little bit about that: Not only is there actually a space available for me to have a canning storage shelf

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I have a confession to make…. Before we had kids, I used to try to talk people out of homeschooling.  I used to think it was weird and those poor kids would never be able to make friends and have experiences that “normal” kids do.  I used to think that no matter how smart the

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It’s raining today and the temps look like they should stay above freezing for the long haul very soon.  The new chicks have been moved out to the garage, thank goodness.  We are dreaming of spring days just around the corner.  With Daylight Savings Time upon us, we are bidding goodbye to winter(and good ridence!).  Though

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In the past month, 2 separate couples that we know have chosen to do away with unnatural birth control methods to embrace Natural Family Planning and have thanked us for being open and honest about it.  Can I just start by saying how amazing that is!?!?  Although we really can’t take credit for their decision, we

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She’s full of surprises this little girl of mine.  ::During quiet time she emptied an entire water bottle while spraying an entire box of kleenex, one at a time.  Why?  “Because it sounded fun.”  ::I was attempting to relax in a bath after the kids were in bed for the night when I heard a

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Two weeks into the new year has us feeling a bit more refreshed and relaxed. I personally feel like I have stopped hyperventilating and am starting to breathe again.  It’s a new way of inhaling and exhaling, very deliberate but also pretty positive.  In case you were wondering if we still know how to have

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It’s not that I haven’t felt thankful.  But I am in a funk.  The holidays, the lack of sleep, the never-ending to-do list, the cleaning and laundry that I can’t seem to get a grip on, the emotions that vary from minute to minute.  Exhausting.  But today I choose to look back at this month