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Stephanie Shirley
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10 Ways to Save Money
Nathaniel loves his fruit!  And Mom loves him eating free fruit ;) After peach picking, make homemade preserves and peach lemonade!   1. Cut your own hair and your children's.   You can buy hair cutting scissors anywhere from super cheap to super expensive,...
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Mentoring and being mentored
David "mentoring" N who's in absolute awe Recently I feel God has been bringing to my attention the importance and
value in discipleship, mentoring, and being mentored.  Over the years I
have had the privilege of all three, and have seen damage AND growth c...
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Dramatic lives mean what in the end?
Stepping on egg shells-symbolic?   As a child, everything is a big deal.  Temper tantrum for not getting the toy first, having less candy than any sibling on Halloween, going to bed earlier than your friends, etc. As an adolescent, you're learning some thin...
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You know you're pregnant when....
1. You're baby is only the size of a shrimp and you're already taking an extra pee stop in the middle of the night   (Meet Almond!  Due September 14th)    2. 10 hours of sleep still leaves you tired  3. You crave things like soup, and anything not in the ho...
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Over used, stressed, and put out?
(a moment of peace while N is learning to be gentle with Grayson)                  (a moment of chaos while holding Grayson) There is always going to be something asking for your attention, time, money, thoughts, help, etc. Question is, where is my heart wh...
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Dealing with the In-laws
The holidays are over and, if you're like me, you spent them with a bunch of family.  To make things a little smoother among my side's currently 25-person roster, it was decided to rotate the holidays between spouse families.  This year - Thanksgiving day a...
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THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT
(James, Seth, and Nathaniel.  I pray they grow to spread the Good News together and/or wherever they may live) Sometimes,
it can be hard to understand the phenomenon of when a “ball is passed into
someone else's court.”   An illustration: You:
Hey, you want...
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The difference between hearing and processing
(Nathaniel "processing" Hickory Dickory Dock) I was reading in Revelation this morning, finished a chapter, and got maybe one thought out of it. Sure, Revelation isn't an easy read, but aren't I just wasting my time and making it less appealing to read my B...
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12 Things I am glad they did or wish someone had told me before having Nathaniel
    1.* Nap when he naps, and let others do the cooking and cleaning .   2.   Have a song/lullaby/hum to sing to your baby to sleep .  Ideally singing it while they're in you so they recognize it, but it's more to add to their routine and keep you sane.  I ...
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Holding to hopelessness
  (photo taken by Leigh and Becca - LeighandBecca.com)   Observation: Complaining creates a deep hole of self pity that makes seeing Christ's love incredibly difficult.  We lose sight of Christ and our mission to love one another, and create a cycle where w...
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