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Hi! I'm AJ! (Also known as Mrs. Collins to my students)
Hi! I'm AJ! (Also known as Mrs. Collins to my students)

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You are not alone.  Someone sees you.  They see how you sacrifice, they see how you carefully schedule childcare and trade off with your husband or wife to take care of your family.   In the middle of busy days with busy schedules and the guilt of knowing y...

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31 days of Encouragement - Use your words.
It is still JUST under the deadline.  Today is the first day of October, and historically this blog has participated in a 31 days of ... series. Well, Kelley and I {AJ} have both been over our heads busy with new jobs and managing small empires {also known ...

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7 good excuses to not {have to} involve your kids in organized sports
My son will be starting 7th grade in several weeks and he has never played on an organized sports team. My 10 year old daughter is also "sports-free".  It sounds like a confession, but it isn't a secret or something I am embarrassed about. I am not against ...

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7 good excuses to not {have to} involve your kids in organized sports
My son will be starting 7th grade in several weeks and he has never played on an organized sports team. My 10 year old daughter is also "sports-free".  It sounds like a confession, but it isn't a secret or something I am embarrassed about. I am not against ...

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Finding Grace in Exhaustion
So I would be lying if I were to say it hasn't been a long week.  I. Am. Exhausted.   But tonight at dinner I asked, after grace, for each of us to share something we are grateful for in our day. I started with I am grateful I had an easy dinner and that th...

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What a computer virus taught me about Grace in Marriage
I was faced with buying new Anti-Virus Protection again this year and was deciding between McAfee and Norton.  McAfee was significantly less expensive.  So knowing they are a major competitor to Norton, I thought they were just trying to gain market share, ...

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Paper or Plastic? 3 GOOD Reasons to use Re-Usable Bags
 This morning I went grocery shopping and as usual I carried along my pile of reusable shopping bags.  {I have been using reusable shopping bags for my weekly grocery shopping for more than nine years.}   To read more about my tree-hugging ways and why I be...

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3 tips for an ADHD friendly home.
More than a year ago I wrote a post talking about our decision to not medicate our son who was diagnosed with ADHD.  Now, 18 months later, the struggle continues.  As he enters middle school in two days (as a 6th grader), the symptoms don't seem to be getti...

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{C}ROCKING it Thursday! 9 can Tortilla Soup
I love my crock pot.  (Slow Cooker... whatever) Unlike my partner in crime, Kelley, I have never named it, but I have a confession:  I actually have three crock pots that are three different sizes.  I suppose I could name them baby bear, mama bear and daddy...
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