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Solitude as I envisioned it hasn’t quite worked out- at least not yet. We still have our closing meeting for Good News People, which we have been hosting on Sunday nights for the past couple of months. We still have paper work to file before I can officially step down as Financial Secretary for our

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Seeing:   Open books:  Family:  The Burgess Animal Book, Mark:  33 Days to Morning Glory,  Maria:  Signs of Life & Finding True Happiness,  Toby:  Island of the Blue Dolphins, Lilly:  Little House in the Big Woods. Listening to:  The wind blowing the stink off of winter and hopefully blowing in some spring! Intentions:  A cousin gone too soon, an

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Just one word.  A word to discover, to pray on, to strive toward, to learn from in the months to come.   Our word for 2014:  Solitude  Lest we think of solitude as a lonely place to be, we prefer to think of it the way a Carmalite Sister from LA so nicely put it, “Solitude

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After a couple years of blogging Maria opted to change to a different server. At the time she decided to change the name to something that better reflected our life and her desires for blogging.  That might have been when we first discussed me contributing here and I vaguely remember her asking my thoughts on

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So how’s that for a first blog post?  I tell you about how we’re going to be more purposeful about our lives, then I basically admit I have no idea what my purpose is entering the blogosphere.  There are countless sources where you could find such unintended irony, but I’m grateful for your support in

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Today you are in for a treat!  If you are still around after all these years of reading ramblings from yours truly, you may be extra thrilled to know that the dawn of a new era is upon us.  My dear sweet hunk of burning love husband has finally agreed to write a little something

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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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  At 7 years old, this girl finally lost her first tooth!  She has been patiently(well, mostly) waiting for this to happen for quite some time. One morning she asked me to look in her mouth because she thought she must have eaten something hard that scratched her gums behind her front bottom teeth.  I

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Sometimes, in the dead of winter, a s’more just sounds really good. Mini graham crackers, bite-sized Hershey bars, and mini marshmallows roasted to perfection with a fondue stick. I highly recommend using a wood wick candle for the full “cracking fire” effect.

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We still haven’t put up our Christmas tree.  I know, it’s like over a whole week into December already and compared to most, we are slackers. The truth is, we haven’t put it up or even decorated yet on purpose. This year we are putting it off longer than usual and the reason seems to