Making the Most of Food Bank Food

These are weird times, hard times, full of viruses, uncertainty, and CHANGE. For many of us, unfortunately, that change has included some loss of income. So, along with many others, we are turning to help from other places. We are very grateful to live somewhere we can find help with food when we need it!Side…
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When there’s Controversy

President Trump. COVID19. Wearing masks (or not wearing them). Free speech. Racial tensions. Real news. Fake news. Vaccines or anti-vaccines. Government shutdown. How long? Still…??? There. Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Would it blow up the cuff? Are your opinions forming on the tip of your tongue? Is anger rising with your blood…
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Find time to P.R.E.A.C.H.

The moment I heard my husband say, “Did you hear we’re on a stay-at-home order come Monday?” I felt my life flash before my eyes. My social life, that is. I also felt my sanity, my comforts, my childcare at the gym, my beloved moms group, my nights out with other ladies, date nights with…
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To Zoom or not to Zoom

Ladies, we are in unprecedented times, are we not? Times of isolation and sickness; times of trying to homeschool while maintaining relationships and figuring out how to have “date nights” and do online church. Ah! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just feel really overwhelmed. Initially when the covid-19 shut-downs happened I did…
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Raising Unentitled Adults

When we go out to eat at a restaurant, we kinda make a scene…but not the kind you might imagine for a family of nine. No one is climbing on the table or punching the person next to him. We expect all of our kids to place their own orders – with manners – and…
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You can quit Quitting too!

It’s March now, which means it’s been a little over two months since a lot of us last set resolutions and goals. How are you doing so far? I feel like I’m doing okay this year, but I confess, I have been a quitter for most of my life. Lately I call myself a quitter…
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Put your Air Mask on First

I’ve flown on a plane quite a few times in my life and no matter what airline it’s been, I know that before I can kick back, relax, and get my free peanuts, passengers will need to sit through a safety presentation. If you’ve flown before, you know what I’m talking about. It may be…
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But it’s ONLY bedtime!

Once upon a time I wasn’t yet a parent. During this season, I would hear stories about bedtime drama from friends with kids, or even witness it firsthand during family holiday gatherings as married siblings wrestled their offspring into bed while I sat by the fireside in repose. As I looked on, the harried parents…
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The Joys of Organized Toys

Over the last year, I’ve been diagnosed with a genetic disease that means I’m spending much of my parenting time sitting on the couch or in a wheelchair. It’s pretty much impossible to clean from the couch, so for a long time, I just gave up on having anything clean or organized in my house.…
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Decluttering Hacks

If you walked into my home at this very moment, you would probably find piles of laundry, sticky counters from peanut butter residue, dirty dish towels, fingerprints all over the fridge and windows, and play-doh crumbs on the floor. My house isn’t clean all the time but it is free of clutter most of the…
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