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Cleaning Out the Boo-Boo’s

Did you ever notice how often you find yourself crying during worship or prayer? I've found that often it is in these times that I find myself crying, thinking about things that hurt me or make me angry. I get mad at myself, and tell myself to cut it out--focus on God and his awesomeness. But a lot of the time that isn't what God wants! If you are a parent, then you know that when your kids get … [Read more...]

Homemade Fruit Sodas

Summer is officially here and that means lazy days by the pool, hanging out in the hammock and chasing monkeys through the yard. Yes, the kids are home! I'm not sure just how "lazy" we get with two monkeys at home for the summer, but we sure do enjoy the summer break. One of the things that summer definitely calls for is a great drink to cool off with. You can make the standard kool-aid, or reach … [Read more...]

Naturally Frugal: Honey Mask

Seven months ago I stumbled upon a natural face wash that revolutionized my skin care regiment. I thought it was very cruel that at age 40 I was suffering from both mild acne breakouts and wrinkles! I stumbled upon several discussions of how honey is a miracle cure for both acne and wrinkles, and I was intrigued. I decided to give it a try--after all, I had honey sitting in my cabinet and thought … [Read more...]

A New Normal

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." ~ Ellen Goodman I'm not a fan of normal. Never have been. Being raised by a couple of hippies tends to do that to you. I'm … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye

Today we buried my grandma. She had begun the descent into Alzheimer's so this was a real mercy for her, but it has been very hard on many of us who have depended on her presence for so long. Today was the definition of chaos--waking up with a sinus infection; lunch that runs late and makes us almost late for the funeral; almost getting left behind at the funeral home by the funeral procession; … [Read more...]

Dropping off the Face of the Earth

Well. Ahem.... I kind of disappeared there for a while, didn't I? <awkward blush> I think I kind of lost my blogging mojo. I had plenty of things to say-- I'd think up these fantastic blog posts I was going to write--but never at times when I could actually sit down and write them. Then when I had time I'd open the computer and....blank. Nothing. Extreme writers block. Everything else in my … [Read more...]

Education: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

My good friend Zonoma posted this article today on Facebook, and it set me off on a rant. The article mentions a boy with epilepsy who has a service dog. The schools won't let him bring the dog into the school. Because he has upwards of 20 seizures a day, this effectively means the boy has to be homeschooled. This also means his mother can't work outside of the home, because she has to care for … [Read more...]

Project Proverbs 365: Motives Matter

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that daily chapter. Proverbs are God's version of daily Best Practices: they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel free to join me in Proverbs … [Read more...]

Proverbs 365: A Fool’s Revenge

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that daily chapter. Proverbs are God's version of daily Best Practices: they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel free to join me in Proverbs … [Read more...]

Listening to: Sojourn Music

If you haven't heard of Sojourn and their amazing worship songs, then stop what you're doing right now and go listen.  I'll wait!  ;) Sojourn is a group of churches in Louisville, KY that specialize in creating an environment full of creative worship.  Their album Over the Grave is on constant play on my iPod and has been for six months.  No, really.  I must listen to songs from the album at … [Read more...]