How Fair Trade Friday turns ashes into beauty

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,  the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a Spirit of despair”  Isaiah 61: 1b-3a When the words I’m trying to say or write don’t come easy,  I’m at …

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Hooked on Books- July edition

Hi everyone! Back in June I decided to tell you the books I was planning to read each month and give my progress!  You can see my June list here.  Reading is like everything else in life, if we aren’t intentional about it the time will just get away!  I usually try to read 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night.  This past week my kiddos have been getting up early so I’ve mostly only gotten the …

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How to be more productive by doing nothing

It’s 9:19 on a weeknight…. and no one needs me. The children and the husband are asleep. The house is quiet. Sure the kitchen is still showing its post-dinner exodus – a dirty stove-top and unrinsed dishes.  Thomas the Train has spewed his track all over the living room floor and there is a pile of graham cracker crumbs on the side table. There is no one to ask me for another cup of milk or if the budget is up-to-date …

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Hooked on Books

A new feature on what I’m reading I can remember being in the 4th grade and checking out every book on Native American tribes from the school library and reading them until Mom came in and told me to turn out the light.  I’ve always loved to read, so much so that when seeing a statistic like 19% of Americans didn’t read ONE book in 2013 makes me nearly insane. Or that among the 81% of Americans that DID read a book, the …

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