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The 5 Friends Every Mom Needs

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 13 years.  In the early days, back in my 20s, we didn’t have internet to connect us with everyone.  We had just moved to a new city, so I didn’t have a church family or any local friends.   It’s hard to imagine now how I survived all those […]

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Series: How to KonMari with Kids

Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is fascinating and detailed and all the YES! for moms who want to ditch the clutter.  But there’s one glaringly obvious omission in her text…kids!  The queen of decluttering isn’t a mom.    Hello!  Marie! If I didn’t have kids, I’d have my clutter under control!  […]

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Childhood memories

Childhood Memories: My Stinky Childhood

 They say smell is the sense most closely associated with memories.  When I think back on my childhood, there are a lot of powerful memories associated with smells.  Now, you might be thinking things like the beautiful fragrance of a fresh box of crayons on the night before school starts back, or maybe my mother’s cooking […]

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What's it really like to raise a guinea pig? Could your child handle it?

Let’s Talk About Pets

Let’s talk about pets, Baby!  Let’s talk about it, you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that could be. Let’s talk about… Pets. (I’ve dated myself with that reference. If you don’t get it, you’re too young or too old for me to explain it.)   But, really, […]

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How Our Christmas Tree Represents Christ

There’s something magical about Christmas, isn’t there? There’s also plenty of chaos and activity and an overwhelming number of things to do, but after you haul those boxes out of the attic and unpack everything, the first evening you spend with the Christmas tree all aglow warms you heart.  Somehow that Christmas tree brings the […]

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Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

 As a professional photographer, I’ve spent thousands of dollars in equipment.  I’ve spent countless hours studying the techniques used to achieve a certain look from my camera.  I’ve practiced the art of posing, worked to enhance the connection between family members and developed tactics to get just the right expression.   I know just what […]

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How Toothpaste Changed My Parenting

It was evening. 12 minutes til bedtime. The children had been schooled, socialized, and nourishingly fed.  They were now clean with freshly-brushed teeth.  It was almost time for my reward as a mother, to collapse onto the sofa with the sweets I hide from them and catch up with the drama on my favorite tv show […]

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Homeschool Group Roundup

“You’re going to homeschool your children??  Aren’t you worried about socialization?!” It’s so cliche it’s funny.  Fortunately, the stereotype of the overly sheltered, anti-social homeschoolers has started to wane. The new stereotypical homeschool kid is interest-driven, sociable with all age groups, and often very comfortable talking with adults and taking on leadership roles within groups.   […]

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