Archive | June, 2011

Waste Not Want Not

In my last blog, I talked about my Gramma, saver of the thumbtacks. Gramma and Grandpa lived in a small town in ND and raised three children together. If they needed something but didn’t have the money, they didn’t buy it, even if it was food they needed. The government never bailed them out, bought them […]

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My Grandma’s Thumbtacks

While decorating for Graduation, Rebekah came up with the great idea of just pinnning the yo flowers to the wooden deck railing. We were running out of time, and the job needed to just get done. There would be no fabric swoons or buntings, we would have to just use what was finished. Great idea. […]

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Do Ya’ Want S’More?

S’Mores have become an American tradition, like baseball and apple pie. But, seriously, I think they’re loved  more than apple pie. That’s why they’re called S’mores. After eating one, they always wanted some more. Serving this treat at a campfire can cause technical difficulties. Usually, the bag of marshmellows gets ripped open crooked, the plastic bag tearing down […]

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Pick a Color, Any Color

When Grace and I were planning her Graduation Open House, we quickly realized we were approaching the elephant from opposite sides. She saw a trunk, I saw a tail. Our view was worlds apart. When I began asking her about the decorations, she said, “Mom, nobody cares about decorations, they only remember the food they ate.” I […]

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Super Mom Mode

Monday always sneaks up on parents who have relaxed over the weekend. We’ve enjoyed our kids. We might have watched a whole movie, beginning to end. Maybe we skipped cooking and ate at a restaurant. Maybe we even got to sleep in…. past 7am. That’s the wonderful thing about weekends, wonderful things happen in them. The horrible thing about […]

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How Amazing IS Grace?

It’s easy to lose yourself in the moment… …and not in a good way. Women can get SO consumed with the necessary details of preparation, we forget to enjoy the moment of celebration. The impact of the occasion can be swept away in a flurry of lists, errands, and obligations. I had been spray-painting frames and easels black, trying to […]

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Honey Dun Did the Honey Do

It was one of t h o s e days. The kinda’ day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong. My keyboard stopped working correctly. This is how it interpreted my typing. aves Our Kids…………………………………………………………………….nk, They Won’t Drink……………………………………………………………………..ear, They Won’t swear……………………………………………………………………….e The Word, Not cool for a woman who’s #1 love language is […]

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My Husband’s Addiction…

My husband has a serious addiction. In fact, two of his brothers have the same addiction. They unashamedly blame their mother. Apparently, she was the one who started them, and now they can’t stop. They have to have their addiction every day, and they get the heebie-jeebies if they don’t get it. Yes, all three men are […]

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What Do you Get When You Cross…

…an old wooden ladder… (I was so happy when my husband finally decided he couldn’t use this any more)  …and some old cedar stair risers? You’re never too young to learn to use tools. But, first, you have to find the tools. Apparently, this hammer was in the front yard. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Don’t […]

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