If You’re About to Send a Kid to College. . .

I chatted with a mom today who will be taking her youngest to college in about a week. The daughter is a junior so this mom knows all too well how quiet the house will be in a couple of weeks. She already anticipates her empty bedroom and one less […]

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New HGTV Show?

Today I did something for the first time—I used an air nail gun. I was promoted from construction-assistant-who-just-holds-one-thing to construction-assistant-who-holds-one-thing-and-sometimes-gets-to-use-the-nail-gun. I am really enjoying working with Gene on the fence. This afternoon before we worked on the fence we worked at Kelsey and Caleb’s house. Gene “mudded” a couple of […]

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The Opposite of Monday

Today was the opposite of Monday. Today family and friends were in and out of the house all day. It was wonderful. We didn’t have anything special going on—just the randomness of life. One of my dear friends and her husband are staying with us while they visit family and […]

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Amazing Grace for Me Today

We bought this train set for The Grand last Christmas. It has about a million pieces so throughout the year we have brought out a few pieces as he is ready for more. This afternoon I thought, Why not empty the box?! While Gene was in the shower I brought […]

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The Grand is in the House!

Wow! I am pooped tonight! We have The Grand for three days while his mama and daddy take a little break.. We just got him to bed (8:00pm)! He is so much fun! I think this will be my motto for the rest of my life— What/who fills me up […]

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This Time Last Week

This time last week I was having dinner with my family on our “eat out night” on staycation. This particular evening I wasn’t feeling my usual chatty self. I was a little tired and achy from all our fun activities. I enjoyed sitting quietly and listening to the kids talk […]

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Why Our Staycation Was Worth the Work and Worry

We did it! Staycation was a huge success! My goal for our week together in our home was to put relationship roots down deeper, have fun, and make lifetime memories. We all agree that we did so! The food, decorations, and activities were only to provide fertile ground for the […]

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If Cinnamon Rolls Could Talk

I made and froze these cinnamon rolls today for, you guessed it, staycation. I’m pretty sure I haven’t made them since Christmas. One of the girls requested them, so of course, we shall have them. Cinnamon rolls speak “cozy family time” to me. While I spread the soft butter across […]

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The Science of Staycation

At the end of every day I like to record a little bit about it in my little notebook. It’s just part of who I am. I write a little about what made me smile or what was life-giving in that day. Today one of my life-giving moments was talking […]

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Dreams Come True (Sometimes when We’re not Looking)

When the kids were little we had a Sesame Street book about the four seasons. A few of the pages showed a family’s backyard and how it changed with each season. It also showed the family doing seasonal activities in their backyard. This family happened to have a little pond […]

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