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Amanda Nowak
Loud, fun, thrifty, and smart.
Loud, fun, thrifty, and smart.
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Knoxville Weekend Trip
When I started attending the private, Christian college in Knoxville, my first order of business was GET A JOB. God placed an opportunity in my lap during class registration, and I interviewed for a babysitting position that first week in Tennessee. Soon I ...

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Trader Joe's Gift Card Giveaway
Last Saturday, while we folded laundry and played peekaboo, we paused for the crunch of gravel under tires.  "Dada's home!" "I MEES YOU!"  We rushed to the door, and found him standing on the other side of the glass with a bouquet of pink flowers, his hair ...

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The Distribution of Beauty
The waves tug at my heart as the breeze tugs at my hair: I’m
home beside the Atlantic Ocean. Charlotte is fearless, bravery wrapped in pink,
loving the rush of the water over her legs. Dada has gone out near the
dolphins, and he brings us back a friend, Mr....

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Charlotte Pear: 18 Months
When I was younger, I wanted to be a mother and homeschool my children. Regardless of the differences  between my mother and me, I love what she gave her life to, and want to spend my life the same way. Because both my mother and Grandmother had three child...

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Macrame: Penumbra
Penumbra: The shadow cast by a celestial object, blocking a portion of light. This Macrame piece is made with natural, undyed, braided cotton rope on silver rings. Ring width: 7 inches.

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Macrame: Penumbra
Penumbra: The shadow cast by a celestial object, blocking a portion of light. After making a large macrame backdrop for a party and sending it off to its forever home, I knew I needed to make some smaller pieces to fill up the spaces in your house that need...

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Easy Eggplant Dish
Our garden is bursting with vegetables, so, in an effort to use things while they were fresh, I threw this dish together. My husband took some of it for lunch before I had tried it, and he sent me a text that said, "This eggplant stuff is delicious!" It's a...

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House Debt: July
God has given us the big goal of getting out of house debt and staying out of debt going forward. Once we finish paying off our house, we want to save up the difference between our current home and our dream home, and then buy our dream home with cash. In F...

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A Pair of Worn Boots
When I say my husband is a hard worker, I'm referring to the passion with which he gives himself to every task he lays his hands (and feet) to in life. Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might..." Matt's closest men gifted ...

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Agnes & Dora by Mandie
For years I hated to go clothes shopping. Just the idea of thumbing through numbers and letters on hangers that seemed much too big to be necessary for me, made me feel ill, and the feeling was magnified when those already gigantic numbers wouldn't close ar...
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