Category: Thrive

In which we share the family occasions and rhythms on which we thrive.

  • A Frog, a Princess, and a Balloon

     The Sunday Morning after our Christian Radio Station’s Sharathon, we made it to Church on time, but not without evidence of our partying the night before (we went to bed after 1am)…  Claire didn’t get her hair done for Church…  But she did coordinate nicely with her treasured balloon and stuffed frog, loot brother (and…

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  • Seasons of Hospitality

    In my childhood home, hospitality was both an art form and a well-developed science. With up to 4 teenage daughters at once, my mother could host dozens or just a few with style and grace. We were quite a team – one daughter loved to prepare gourmet meals, another’s specialty was homemade rolls. My younger…

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  • 6 Things I’ve Having A Blast With This Week

    1. I was privileged to be one of the recipe testers for Kate’s soon-to-be-released e-cookbook, “Against the Grain” Delicious recipes for the Whole Food and Grain-Free Diet. It was a blast helping her test and refine a few of the recipes – first, because it was like someone else took over menu planning for me…

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  • Claire in Disguise

    Ahh, this is what Claire’s PJ’s look like when I neglect to put one of my Best Bibs on her. She adores her Soaked Oatmeal with raisins. She was so covered with oatmeal when Jesse came downstairs for breakfast, that he said, “It sound like Claire, but it not look like Claire!”

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  • Why I Don’t Have Time For Facebook

    I told you about my affair with facebook. I told you about my facebook fast. Next week I’m gonna tell you how I have brought more balance into my computer time and broken the addiction to facebook. But this week I just wanted to share with you the awesomeness that has left me with little…

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  •  I’m going in depth with one of the topics from the list of “12 Things That Work For Me” in my posts about living intentionally. We don’t vaccinate our children. This is a highly personal topic, and the only reason I’m posting about it is because I want to make sure you know YOU have…

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  • Claire’s Photo Shoot

    When our friend, Nikki, asked me if I liked to do photo shoots with my kids, I said, “Yes! But it’s hard to find the time and I’m not a very good photographer.” She said she would bring her camera and some props on our ski trip and we’d have some fun. She also asked…

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  • My attempt at making time for my writing in my life. Love this gal’s writing prompts. You should try it, and if you do, leave a comment so I know to hop over and read YOURS! “When I look in the mirror, I see…” My Father’s bushy, dark eyebrows that I have to pluck and…

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  • Progress in the Master Bathroom Remodel

    My husband is the Craig’s List King. I may have mentioned that he got almost everything for our master bathroom off of Craig’s List, including this double basin granite sink for $100. Yeah, it, it was broke in half, but he told me he could fix it. I believed him. He called me upstairs the…

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  • In which we live and breath and dream about SKIING!

    This time of year, our life centers around skiing. The weekdays are spent preparing for, talking about, and anticipating the weekends, which are spent on the mountain or in the ski lodge (depending on age and ability). It’s not surprising then, that the dollhouse people went skiing last week. Skis were carefully crafted for each…

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  • 1. Jesse: Mom? What’s Valentine’s Day?Me: It’s a day you say ‘I love you’ to people you love.Jesse: Oh. Me love yours hair, Mommy! 2. Heart cookies – I made a small amount of pastry, rolled it thin and helped Jesse cut it into hearts, which he placed on a cookie sheet. I will dust…

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  • A Peek Into Our February

    I finally got around to learning how to upload photos on the laptop, and so I present these latest cute-kid-pictures along with a little personal update on our little family… Jesse is learning to make bread with me. How I have looked forward to this day, and the opportunity to pass on my knowledge in…

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  • "Thank goodness I was never sent to school…"

    How refreshing it was to find this quote as I slogged through reviews and websites looking for just the right combination of resources for Jesse for kindergarten. Reminds me of why I am doing what I’m doing…And makes me so grateful that my mother paved the way for my approach my children’s education by homeschooling…

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  • “Thank goodness I was never sent to school…”

    How refreshing it was to find this quote as I slogged through reviews and websites looking for just the right combination of resources for Jesse for kindergarten. Reminds me of why I am doing what I’m doing…And makes me so grateful that my mother paved the way for my approach my children’s education by homeschooling…

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  • How’s That Working For You -Part 1 – On Living Intentionally Here’s a list of things that are a part of my life that ‘work for me’. Again, my purpose in sharing these things is not to debate, or to show you how right I am and how wrong you are – that’s not it…

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  • Here are some things I’d never remember if I didn’t take the time to write them down in my Kid’s Journals or, in the case of the humor between Jeremy and I, in my own journal. 1. Jesse: “When Seth gets big he gonna be my best person, and when Seth get big, me gonna…

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