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Same Kind of Different as Me: Coming Soon

This world has become an ugly place. Everyone is fighting. Everyone has something negative to say. Folks are complaining and worrying about issues that don't directly relate to or affect them. It's hard to look at social media or the news to find anything positive or...
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Identifying my Kids’ Strengths

There's this sort-of joke that I relay to friends or folks who know and witness my kids dealing with one another. I talk about the roles my kids would play if they owned a business together. These four kids fight with and scream at and love on and cheer each other...
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Jeremy Camp’s “The Answer”

Music is often what guides me. Day to day, a song will pop into my head, and I'll sing it either to myself or aloud to my family. Many times, the songs that enter my mind don't make much sense. I'll try to think back to the day's events to determine where and when the...
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Matt Redman: Glory Song

When I'm driving, especially alone, I find myself thinking and reflecting. Often these reflections take the shape of a prayer or conversation. Because I'm rarely in silence without also working, time in the car has begun to really be a special opportunity for me (one...
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Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE

You know how you'll pack a lunch for work or school, and you think you've done a really good job of keeping all the "stuff" wrapped up or sealed only to discover that the bag you took is soaked in soup or dressing or pasta sauce? This doesn't happen a ton, but when it...

Patterns of Evidence (Review and Giveaway)

Be jealous: I have a Sunday School that is full of amazingly smart men and women. When we meet to discuss whatever topic for the week, discussion is fun but deep. Most recently, we have started a series of lessons that has us really digging in to the words of the...

From Newlywed to Foreverwed

Sometimes, I have the distinct pleasure of reading books before they are released. It's even more fun when those books are written by someone that I know. And even more fun when that someone I know is also someone I count as a friend. I had the honor of reading From...

COOLA Suncare {Review}

Let me tell you a story: Once upon a time, a certain mom of four kids went to the beach. She relied on some probably-expired sunscreen to protect her from the rays of the sun glaring off the ocean and sand. She played and enjoyed her children despite the sweat running...

3 Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Jalapenos

Math Man and I like to grill. In fact, it's because of Math Man that I've learned the nuances of grilling all the things on both a gas and charcoal grill. My favorite is the charcoal grill. There's just something to starting that fire and doing the whole "unga bunga I...

Ok, I’m Happy

Summer is almost over. How did this happen? I blinked, and the weeks of hubby at home and getting to sleep in are rapidly approaching their end. I had many goals for this summer. We were going to do activities weekly. My kids were going to have less screen time. We...

DIY Backyard Clubhouse

When Sassy Pants (now 12) was about 4, Math Man decided to buy her a playground. We didn't have anything except a baby climb and slide thing, and she wasn't using it. He went to one of those prefab places, picked out a backyard clubhouse we thought would be the best,...

Back to School with Label Daddy

Four kids means lots of stuff. Back packs. Shoes. Jackets. Lunch boxes. When school starts in just another month, the pace of life picks up, and we find ourselves falling back on our organizational strategies. One of these strategies is to use Label Daddy labels to...

Groupon Coupon: More than Just a Cool Rhyme

It's always fun to save money, and it's especially great to save money at stores or on sites where you regularly shop. Did you know that Groupon has a variety of coupons for just about every single store or retailer you could think of? By buying in to a coupon deal,...

Uncommon Goods

Every now and again, I love to scour various sites for interesting and different conversation pieces for the house. As our kids get older and there are fewer opportunities for breakable items to - well - break, I'm more and more willing to add these sorts of items to...

Thanks, Cows

Never realized that there was actually a Cow Appreciation Day, but it's real. I jokingly suggested it as a theme to my friends who like to write poetry together, and wouldn't you know that some actually wanted to go with it. So, for fun, we decided to have two poetry...

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