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Family Meetings and Encouraging Words

We sit down and have a family meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s a way for our family of 6 to make sure we are all on the same page for the upcoming week, celebrate accomplishments from the prior week, and more. We assign chores, distribute allowance, plan our weekly menu and share our goals for […]

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Fantasy Versus Reality {Recipe: Peaches & Cream Frozen Cocktail}

I woke up with an itch… the road trip itch. I nudged my husband. “Let’s get out of town… go someplace for the day.” It’d be a happy day, full of picture taking, shopping for props at antique stores, prancing through fields while notes from The Sound of Music filled the air. We all pile […]

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Family Vacation Road Trip Snack Solution for Kids

Family Vacation Road Trip Snack Kit for Kids

“>Pin It We’re going on a road trip… Actually, we’re headed out on our family vacation at the YMCA or The Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado with a stop at The Four Seasons in Denver along the way. This equates to fine times ahead, but a long, 10+ hour car ride to get there. Long […]

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Connect Through Reading – Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons

As part of my commitment in 2012 to “connect through reading” this is a review of the most recent book I have read. Be sure to check out previous reviews HERE and to connect with me on Goodreads.  Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons was a book I picked up while on vacation in […]

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5 Tips for Making Chores a Special Occasion

Pin It Spring has sprung, which to my kids means more outside play and fun time. To me, it means that, but also spring cleaning. As much as I’d love for our life to be all fun and games, when you have a household there are certain things that just have to get done. We […]

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The Very Best Fluffy Waffle Recipe

Multi-Generational Parenting {Recipe: Mike’s Favorite Waffles}

Pin It My oldest brother, Mike, is 22 years older than me. I’ve never thought a whole lot about that, until recently. He was married by the time I was born and began his own family just a few years after my birth. Sure, it was kind of odd growing up with a nephew just […]

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Christmas Forgiveness

This time last year I was having a conversation with my husband about my family. “You know? Sometimes I think I would be fine if I just cut contact with some of them.” Of course I didn’t mean it, but I was frustrated. Each year I host our family Christmas and each year, it felt […]

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Give Grace

My brother, Larry, lost his valiant 2-month battle with cancer early this morning. I was fortunate enough to be there when he passed. Hearing his wife visually walk him “home” to heaven where other friends and relatives eagerly awaited his arrival and seeing how that led him to his peaceful final breath was something I […]

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Raising Service Oriented Kids – VolunteerSpot

Our family was walking towards the restaurant when my 9 year old sprinted ahead of me. I started to holler for him to slow down, but then I noticed why he was in such a rush. An elderly man was struggling to pull the heavy glass door open for his wife. My son quietly stepped […]

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4 Kids, Life and Dinner (Recipe: Corn and Veggie Chowder with Chicken)

Someone who was expecting their fourth child asked me the other day how going from three kids to four kids has been. I feel sorry for the poor lady because she asked me on one of those days when I was feeling quite overwhelmed, and I was bluntly honest with her! I love my family […]

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