One of the Best Parts of Releasing Your Kids

Sitting here after a tiring day of running here and there, I’m thinking what is worth writing about today? What was the best part of my day? That’s easy—talking to all three of the girls in the same day and that happened today. Yesterday I talked about the grief of […]

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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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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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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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A Few Good Men

I love these good-looking guys. We had a pretty chill Father’s Day. Gene and Caleb are plenty tired from working on Kelsey and Caleb’s new house, so they welcomed a relaxing day. Both guys (actually all three guys) found time for a short nap. I am honored to be Gene’s […]

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Today I Made a Hard Decision

I have been overwhelmed lately. Being overwhelmed always comes with its fraternal twin, frustration, and their younger sibling, guilt, in tow. Okay, enough of the family analogy. You get the idea. I feel like I have more to do than time to do it. I feel like I am always […]

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