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Andrea Maendel
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When everything you have is not enough
It's a crispy, almost-Fall evening, and the smells of the 28 jars of pizza sauce that are bubbling in my canner are filling the house. Busyness has been pulling at me from every side for weeks now, and in the free moments I've had, the quiet heart needed fo...

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Leana's Birthday Party
Per tradition, (two times makes a tradition, right?) Leana's friend Nada and her had a birthday party together. These two were born right around 36 hours apart and have been inseparable friends since they were old enough to care. Living within a few blocks ...

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Leana's Birthday Party
Per tradition, (two times makes a tradition, right?) Leana's friend Nada and her had a birthday party together. These two were born right around 36 hours apart and have been inseparable friends since they were old enough to care. Living within a few blocks ...

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Happy Birthday, Leana!
Two years ago on this very evening, I was cuddling a fresh, newborn, petite little girl. I remember the wonder that caught at my heart as I gazed into the serene eyes of my firstborn. Amazed at the gift of life. That she was mine. That I was finally 'grown-...

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Season's Bounty
I haven't been around too much lately. Summer's craziness has hit, and my days have been more than full. Want a peek at what's been keeping me so busy?? I wonder how it is possible that before this I had never been wild blueberry picking in my life. SO much...

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A Room Transformed
Since our wedding day, almost three years ago now, I have been gradually working on making our little house a home. Transforming the white walled, white linoleumed mobile home has had it's challenges, including that of being unsure how much to put into it, ...

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From My Bookshelf - Summer 2014
Sometimes the reading urge strikes me at the oddest times. Like now. It's the middle of Summer, and the absolute busiest time of year for all of us. Food preservation is in full swing, Joel's away quite a bit more with seasonal job commitments, and the week...

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Random Thoughts on Grief and Expectations
The culture into which I married has a wonderful tradition. It's called 3:00 coffee break. It's that time of day when life slows down, you lay aside your projects for a short amount of time, and you revel in a period of rest. It's that time of day when you ...

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Tiny Hands, Little Feet, Precious Memories
I just wanted to take a moment, and express public thanks to " Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ." This is an organization that provides free, and prompt professional photography sessions to parents facing the bereavement of an infant. I had no clue such an organ...

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Grace-Filled Thinking
I married a man who loves to garage sale. Maybe that sounds strange, but the fact of the matter is, my husband likes a good deal, and will often wait on purchases, knowing he will most likely find it used in one of the many front yards we find ourselves in ...
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