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The 94% Discount Heard Round the World.

The 94% Discount Heard Round the World.

So one day, as I was thinking about life and motherhood and parenting and the things that used to bother me before the world set itself on fire… I was just a mom, homeschooling and trying to figure things out. I had recently been convicted to start dressing up for my Hubby. He never asked me to do this. It was just something that the Lord convicted me of one day when I was getting ready to meet a friend….

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For The Homeschool Curious

For The Homeschool Curious

“Homeschooling…? Why?” “What about socialization?” “Don’t mess it up. I knew someone once who messed it up.” “You won’t have good testing.” “I just don’t have the money.” “I just don’t think I could handle that. They would be home all day long.” As a seasoned, not-yet-considered-a-veteran homeschooling Momma, I have many times run into this line of questioning. Now, some folks truly believe homeschooling is the answer for everyone and that to truly fix the education problem our schools…

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Smokey Meatloaf Recipe

Smokey Meatloaf Recipe

This is my go-to meatloaf recipe. We once sat at restaurant and they had a smokey meatloaf that was amazing. On Pound of Ground Beef (I like 80/20 for this recipe)Two EggsOatmeal (one cup, ground) One Teaspoon Liquid SmokeOne Onion, finely mincedOne half cup Pasta Sauce ( I enjoy Classico Garlic and Herb) Garlic Powder Topping: Sweet Baby Ray’s or Select Brand Hickory BBQ Sauce. I put all the ingredients together and let them get to room temperature in a…

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Habit Helpers

Habit Helpers

So we’re a week into my new routine. I’m not sure what’s worse, drinking a gallon of water a day, or making myself exercise. Yes, I know they’re good for me. But yeah. Not my favorite. Add in the fact that I’ve got some serious squirrel! syndrome and no fewer than five children orbiting me on any given day, and then top it off with my awesomesauce ENFP personality that gets bored at the drop of a hat, and yeah,…

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Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain

So it rained today. I’m not talking a warm, summer rain. Nor am I talking about a drizzle. I mean rain. Weather. The kind of rain that makes you want to stay in bed, under the covers with copious amounts of hot tea and cake and a stack of novels. The kind of rain that makes you want to go and re-read Genesis, just to remind yourself that God doesn’t plan to kill the world by flood ever again. The…

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The Great Reunion

The Great Reunion

As I’m writing this, my family is preparing for another loss. One of my favorite uncles, fondly referred to as “UB” hasn’t been doing well and we’ve been told it’s only a matter of time until he is no longer here. It’s hard for us- we will miss his banter, his wit, his humor, and his wisdom – and at the same time? We’re praising God for taking him Home- where there’s no pain, no politics, no senseless anger. But…

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The Stick and The Carrot

The Stick and The Carrot

Do you ever find yourself, in these strange times, losing track of what day it is? More and more it seems like the days are picking up and flying by- I intend to get things done, but it feels like I turn around twice and it’s already the weekend again. Whew! Things are opening up here in Freedom-loving Idaho, for which our family of extroverts is EXTREMELY thankful- but we still find ourselves losing track of time on occasion. Or…

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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Hot black tea (always Lipton here!), a little sugar, a little cream. A small (or big!) slice of cake. Take out the fancy plates and cups because they should be enjoyed, not just sitting gathering dust on a shelf waiting for the perfect moment. A good book, with a simple plot. Or maybe it’s you quiet time with God. Hopefully something that takes you away from the stress of the day and gives you some space. Talking with your kids…

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Wade in the Water

Wade in the Water

Wade in the waterWade in the waterChildren wade, in the waterGod’s gonna trouble the water It was a song we learned back in junior high. I was in 7th or 8th grade, attending a public school and we had one of those all-school choir festivals. The soloist stepped up to the platform and sang out in her rich alto tones, taking everyone’s breath away. It was a song that was sang by slaves in the American South. They sang many…

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Nampa Farmer’s Market

Nampa Farmer’s Market

So I’m now located weekly in 2020 at the Nampa Farmer’s Market. This means you can come out between 9am and 1pm each week on Saturdays and purchase a book, get it signed, maybe participate in a coloring contest or come away with some homemade playdough. Each week, I hope to feature a fun activity so that the kids can enjoy the trip into downtown Nampa with you. There’s just nothing like shopping local! Another great reason to come out…

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