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Blessed Are They That Mourn
Last weekend I was driving through heavy traffic, without the offspring, and thus doing some heavy thinking. And this is the thought (verse) that crossed my mind… Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted . (Matthew 5:4) You may or may not ha...
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Foundering in the Fight
I've been foundering. I haven't written here in almost a month and a half. If people asked, I said it is because I've had no words. And while that is partially true, it is definitely not the whole truth. There is so much going on in my life right now. My mo...
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Gift from the Sea (in the Form of a Cruise)
Have you ever had your heart so overflowing with good things, that you struggle to find the words to express it? That's how I've felt this week about our cruise. It was everything I hoped for. Sunshine. Warmth. Rest. Quality time with my  husband. Quality t...
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Spicy Chicken & Pasta and My Week
I had a great week. How about you? I don't take great weeks for granted as much any more. There are too many variables. That being said-it was a good week. This was week 20 of school. Which means that we are past the halfway point, and almost to 2/3 of the ...
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Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Well, it's been forever since I've done a recipe post. That's because I am trying fewer new recipes these days for SPD, and I've already shared a whole lot of my old favorites with you. But, occasionally I come across a recipe that is not new to us and is w...
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Strength for the Day
...And as your days, so shall your strength be. (Deuteronomy 33:25) My family ended the year with some life altering news. My mom has ALS. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that was all the rage way back in the summer of 2014? The proceeds from that benefit...
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The Only Good Thing About Yesterday
Sigh... Yesterday morning I woke up early a hotel in Cleveland, a 5 hour drive from my house. (Incidentally, at which hotel was a fetish/leather/LGBT convention happening. Which is not something you want to wake up to. Nor go to sleep to, for that matter. I...
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Favorite Flavors of Ireland: a (cook)Book Review
As a blogger, I occasionally get asked to review books. It's a pretty nice gig. I get free books that I can read at my leisure, and then post a review with my thoughts. I was quite excited when into my inbox popped the opportunity to review an Irish Cookboo...
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Kate Morton and My Mom
Well, hello there! This space is getting a bit dusty from lack of use. But, I'm thankful that it is available when I take the time to use it. Isn't that a great photo! That's my mom in the foreground. When she was 19. Come to find out, my mom was a roller d...
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Lately I feel like I'm walking a very thin line placed right smack dab between barely keeping it together and everything falling apart. I've been having "spells"-for lack of a clearer term. I will be in a conversation about my mom and her ALS, and I start s...
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3 Things I'm Not Doing in 2016
I read Anne Bogel's post this week, and it got my mind a whirring. What we don't is just as critical as what we do.  I was mentioning to Mr. Hippie the other day that some times I feel like I am waiting for someone to give me permission to do or not do some...
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
One of the most blogged about books (at least in my spheres of being influenced) in 2015 was Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up . I, of course, don't jump on band wagons, so it took many, many, many blog posts for me to decide to read the b...
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I am a wife and a mother of 4. I home school. I run and swim. I write a blog to keep my sanity. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I want to encourage others to look to God, the source of my strength, to renew their strength. I want to encourage others to run the race of life, and not grow weary. To keep on walking, and not faint.
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