Category: Claire’s World

I always wanted a daughter named Claire…

  • November Snapshots

    November in Alabama…you’re blowing my mind. We had a taste of you two years ago, when we camped in the bus for the month of November. With your endless days of sun and gentle warmth, I felt like I won a vacation to a tropical location. This year we came by you honestly–we survived June,…

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  • Tinsel, Truth, and a Real Live Manger {How the Kids are Celebrating Advent}

    I’m in the mood to give y’all a glimpse of how we’re celebrating Christmas around here with a 2, 4, and 6 year old. Do you mind? Great…here we go. Our new tradition this year is doing the Truth in the Tinsel Advent activity eBook. (affliate link–woot!) The kids adore their daily Christmas craft, and…

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  • A Perfect Script for Authentic Introductions

    Jesse has become fond of getting to know other children, though we discovered that he often claims a new friend without even knowing their name. We were at the Chic-fil-A playground the other night where he would have a chance to practice making new friends. I gave him a simple script for exchanging names, and…

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  • It all started with a haircut. Mommy couldn’t ignore it any longer – her dream of long hair for her little girl was gonna have to wait a bit. Claire needed a trim, and bad. Truth be told, Mommy liked a cute bob for a little girl nearly as much as long hair, so she…

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  • The Art of The Family Portrait

    First, find a nice background and gather a few props. Insert human into frame to get the focus and settings right. Summon more humans. Encourage young humans to smile at small, flashing light… …then wait, and wait, and wait for self timer to work… Holden Family, May 2012 Jeremy, Trina, Jesse (5 1/2), Claire (3…

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  • While We Wait for Life to ‘Load’

    I watch the blue, pixel stream surge along its banks as my email loads, and remember the days of dial up. Back then I’d set the computer to do a task and go off and busy myself so I didn’t waste precious moments waiting for the page to load. Sometimes it was 3 paragraphs in…

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  • In which we enjoy our spring bike rides…with a side of milk

    I did a crazy thing the other day. We were just getting the bikes hooked up for a family bike ride, when I remembered we were out of milk. I looked at the clock–there wouldn’t be time to fetch it before a ride, nor after. We would have to do both simultaneously. Jeremy gave me…

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  • The Birth of Claire Anneliese

    Three years ago on Monday, we welcomed a little princess into our world. We celebrated with some new doll clothes, a pink and orange pennant banner, a trip to the zoo, and something chocolatey. And today on the blog, in honor of her birthday, I bring you her birth story, as recorded in my journal…

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  • On Top Of the World

      Six Years ago today, Jeremy and I tied the knot…   (no, I did not scrape my name into the seat of the ferris wheel with my diamond – I just found my name and posed next to it!)   These photos of our family riding a ferris wheel last month aptly describe how…

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  • Letters From Home, Volume 1

    Letters from Home is my new format to stay personally connected with my readers even as I endeavor to fulfill my vision of maturing my blog into a resource for a growing audience. So, whenever I have home news to share, I’ll do it under that heading, kind of like the letters I wrote my…

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  • Go jump in a lake!

     If it seems a bit quiet on the blog, it’s ’cause we’re out on the lake and you can’t hear us yelling from where you are!We’ve gone into summertime mode – making the most out of the few weeks out of the year that the lakes are actually warm enough to swim in – Whoop!…

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  • Strawberries, a Wedding, and a Camping Trip

    I’m trying to fit in little moments like these in between a very busy month. We’re celebrating a close friend’s wedding this weekend then headed for Creation Fest Northeast next week. I am making freezer meals to take us through the busy weekend and onto our camping trip and trying not to get stressed. Jeremy…

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  • I get really nervous in front of a video camera. (This is something I’m really trying to get over so I can make a promotional video about my new book – pray for me?! Thanks) Apparently I’m ok behind the camera, ’cause I had fun making this video for you all. I have a tendency…

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  • Horse Parking Next Door

    A garage sale down our road brought more than the usual traffic on our little back road the other morning. The local Amish are always first on the scene. They took advantage of the empty, unmowed place next door to park their horse. The kids changed out of pj’s as fast as possible and headed…

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  • Bloggers Unite, Part Second: At Toughannock Falls

    Last week we had some very special house guests – special for many reasons! They were the first to use our new guest room (we moved into our new bedroom finally!) They were our first out-of-state, overnight company in our home They were the first to take me up on my open invitation to my…

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  • Picnic In the Orchard

    Whenever I pack them a picnic lunch, Jesse makes a beeline for the pear tree, calling his sister to keep up with him, all the way out back to the orchard. He spreads the blanket, then the napkin, and carefully dolls out the cheese tortillas to him and his sister. He even keeps an eye…

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