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    Posts You Should Read

      As I read various blogs I like to bookmark posts that I may want to refer back to later. Here are a few that I found inspiring. Definitely worth a read if you have a few minutes! On why family stories are so important… “Parents, Share With Your Children” @ No Pens, Pencils, Knives, or Scissors. We have so…

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    Fall Theme Q&A

    Have you ever noticed that once Labor Day weekend is over all of a sudden everything is pumpkin spice and shades of orange? Not at my house! The first day of fall comes a full 3 weeks after Labor Day so I intentionally enjoy those last 3 weeks of summer as summer. I might rush the season when it gets…

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    Summer Wrap-up

    And so the summer is past. It was jam-packed full and went by very quickly. Back in June I shared a list of our plans for the summer. I promised to report back in September to give you an update. Here’s my summer to-do list and how we did: Summer Activities Pick a bouquet of wildflowers. I don’t remember that…

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    More Summer Questions

      In today’s post I answer some of your most pressing questions. Well, maybe not your most pressing questions… but the questions posed by the gals over on The Blended Blog. Just in case you ever wondered, here are my opinions and preferences on the following topics: Pool, lake or ocean? We live near one of the most beautiful lakes…

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    Family Photo Shoot with Outtakes

    As my parents were getting ready to come for their annual visit I asked my dad to bring his nice camera as I wanted him to do a family photo shoot for us in the park. Dad is an amateur photographer. He claims he doesn’t know much about taking portraits. He enjoys shooting scenery more. However, after it was all…

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    Summer Fun Questions

    We are busy doing summer at our house. My parents are visiting this week. They had some things they wanted to do while they were here, and we had some things we wanted to do with them, so I planned out an itinerary for the week. Just for fun I printed it up and made it sound like they would…

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    Summer Plans

    Back in the spring I joined with a group of bloggers to share my “Spring Bucket List.” Now that summer has officially arrived, I guess it’s time to update you on how that went. Here’s what I hoped to do: Attend church convention in Tacoma, Washington. Done. Help Rebecca get chickens and build chicken coop. Yes. If you follow her…

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    In the Quiet of the Morning

    In an effort to get more exercise I’ve been going for early morning walks around my neighborhood. I don’t know if it really counts as exercise since they are really more like short, leisurely strolls than power walks. I wish I enjoyed exercising. Maybe I will come to enjoy it if I keep forcing myself to do it. At least…

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    Coffee Optional

    About a year ago Lyle bought me a t-shirt that says: Pray More. Worry Less. Drink Coffee. He said I needed it. You see I have a very active worry gene that sometimes keeps me awake nights. You didn’t know worrying is genetic? Apparently it is because one of my parents is a worrier and his mother before him was…

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    A Winter Walk

    Last summer I took you on a photographic tour of my neighborhood. It looks completely different now. The ground hasn’t been clear of snow since about Thanksgiving. Most days are gray. I have to admit, it’s quite depressing. This past Saturday, when it was snowing yet again, I decided to go out and take some pictures. Later it occurred to…