Grief is a Journey

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. ? After a long, hard winter we awake to spring. A rebirth of sorts and clearing of so much clutter that?s built up after the long months indoors. ?Sometimes the clutter comes out of our hearts and our heads and not the cupboards and basements. ? I found two pictures this week. One I had been searching for for months. And one I had fallen upon by chance.   Some time …

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#WishfulWednesday- Warm weather addition

Temps have finally broken into the 50s here in Ohio, but I’m still wishing for somewhere I can throw on shorts or take a swim. ?Here are 3 places I’d rather be right now: St Lucia High today: 80 F Tahiti of the east? ?Yes, please.                           Easter Island High Today: 82 F Mysterious and intriguing!               The Kimberley, Australia High Today: …

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Not your grandma’s trip planning

Before you head out on a road trip or an overseas adventure,?how do you find out the best places for visitors and locals alike? This has changed so much for me in the past few years. ?Before, I would desire to go?somewhere?new that I learned about in?magazine or maybe even TV (Hellllooo, Samantha Brown) and then head to the library and pick out a travel guide to learn more. With the coming of age of social media, there are just …

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Bad (Money) Habits

  Throughout the last year, I’ve been reading a lot about habits. ?It’s really fascinating why we do the things we do- whether it’s our purchases at the store or our bedtime routine. ?Moreso, habits are changeable! So what habits do we need to let go of when it comes to money? ?I’m personally sick of hearing to “give up your latte each day!” ?You mean a $4 Starbucks drink x 5 days a week is a bad investment? ?Duh. …

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The Idol of Time

After my post last week titled Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and perception I have about busy-ness. When Olen was born and I was struggling just to get two kids out of the house for playdates and whatnot, I told myself that this was the season in my life where I could stay home instead of being a 24 hour taxi. ?That perspective has gotten me through some …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?

  I listened to a podcast yesterday by Michael Hyatt (I was busy with the kids while I listened, but if you want to know the exact one, contact me and we can narrow it down) and Mr. Hyatt said that he read somewhere recently that exhaustion is considered to be the new status quo. ?That basically, we prove our worth by proving how busy we are. For some reason that statement ran over and over again in my head …

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Christians: What if we did just this one thing?

  Yesterday was intense. ?When you have three little ones, at least a quarter of the days I?m fairly certain I may not survive. ?I?m not complaining, this season is just hard. C was teething badly and running a fever and Bubba was a hot mess because we had stayed out too late the previous night. ?He?s been going through the terrible twos and the tantrums have been a little crazy. ?(I would probably be losing my mind, but I …

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