Lost in Laundry

Photo Books: an easy system

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I have friends who create lovely printed photo books; a family yearbook of sorts. I love looking through their books (does anyone else love photo albums? If there’s an album on your coffee table I take it as an invitation to pick it up and look through it),  but every time I’d think about getting started on printing a “yearbook” for our family, it just felt completely overwhelming. So many pics to look through for the year…what to include…what to exclude…. Then I landed on an idea that’s worked out…read more

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What I’m loving in my lunch

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Anyone else pack a daily lunch? It can get pretty routine.  When I find a new lunch item that I look forward to eating, it feels pretty exciting.  (Sad?  True.)  Red bell pepper strips.  Celery. Carrots.  Pretzels. Pita. All have been relegated to nothing more than delivery devices for this cheese.  Try it! A friend told me that she has used this to make stuffed chicken breast — Hammer the chicken out thin, spread cheese, fold over and bake.  Totally trying that soon.  

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Fighting thru Fear

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We took Lauryn horse-back riding for her birthday.  Her birthday was in September….she started talking about wanting to ride a horse back in March. We arrived at the stables in Cooper Hill, TN and she was super excited.  It was a gorgeous day and an idyllic setting, and Lauryn was spilling over with excited chatter. Then we saw the horses.  She got a little quiet then. Those horses were big. Super big. Our trail guide hoisted Lauryn up in the saddle, and the look on her face shifted from excited…read more

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to edify

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edify: to teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character Kids.  They’re little humans with issues like all of us.  My oldest is a tween who is sometimes moody. My middle kid sometimes has a disrespectful attitude.  And my youngest can be self-centered and quick to complain. We’re trying to address these things, so all these issues have been on my mind a lot as I process through how to best parent them through these stages and prayerfully shape their behaviors. But recently I realized…I had been guilty…read more

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and these things remain

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I have no illusions that I can do it all.  So when life gets busy, things get cut.  Life and its demands ebb and flow. There are seasons when I have many hours to call my own (in hindsight, a downright gluttonous amount of hours!), and seasons in which every hour is accounted for.  There are those times in life which you have time and energy for extra stuff, and seasons when you don’t, and both are okay. (I will admit that when my son asked if I was going…read more

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In summer

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Homemade ice cream. Mornings on the porch with coffee and the dawn song of birds singing. Visits from family and friends; highly anticipated,  and always better than hoped for. Floating the river. Baseball games. The pool. Bright nail polish. Big beach hats. Georgia awash in green. Fireflies temping us outside…mosquitoes driving us back in. Sweet tea in mason jars. Loud music with the windows down. Fresh,  sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil from the garden,  devoured with slices of  mozzarella. My gorgeous kids with tanned legs and golden hair. Skinned knees…read more

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the ol’ noggin

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“OKAY BRAIN.  KNOCK IT OFF!” Anyone else fight off ruminating thoughts?  Circular fake conversations in your mind? Dwelling on an issue ad nauseam? ad nauseam: a Latin term for a discussion that has  continued so long that it has continued “to [the point of] nausea”. I have.  I think we all do it to some degree.  Here’s the thing.  It sucks.  It’s not fun to feel trapped in a thought cycle that keeps you awake all night, or leaves you distracted all day with no brain power to spare for the…read more

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the simple things

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It really is the simple things that make life sweet. My boys caught a bunch of tadpoles in a small creek that runs behind our house.  Those smelly, slimy weird looking little not-quite-frogs sure did take me back to memories of myself at their age.  Me and my friend Amy used to spend hours catching these little guys and putting them in Mason jars.  We never could keep them alive (perhaps because we liked to swirl them around and around in the glass jars and create little “tadpole tornadoes”) but…read more

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Not so rough roughing it.

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Though our love of state parks, hiking, fishing, and picnicking is well-documented, we had never actually taken the kids overnight camping.  We remedied that last weekend! We picked a favorite day trip spot, Victoria Bryant State Park.  Favored for it’s great picnic sites and fun shoals, the camping area did not disappoint!  It was a pretty posh set up as far as tent camping.  A raised platform with a roof, water, electric outlets, and a fire pit with a grate for cooking.  Not exactly primitive, but a great way to…read more

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Sun and Sea

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I see God in the wonder of His creation.  I feel His presence and hear Him speak when I am taking in the wonder of what He has made.  I’m glad my worship doesn’t stop there; with nature.  I’m grateful, so grateful, for the recognition that I am a desperate sinner, in need of a miraculous way to be reconciled to God.  I believe that Jesus is the way back to relationship with this amazing Creator.  But regardless of what you think about God and Jesus and sin and separation…read more

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