Summer Bucket List

The unofficial beginning of summer is only 2 weeks away!  Our family counts Memorial Day weekend as the kick-off to our Summer Bucket List even if the calendar tells me that summer isn’t until June 20. First, I asked the boys what they thought they would like to do this summer.  They were very excited to offer up “go to the playground” and “the pool!” (if this doesn’t show the simplicity of young children, #idontknowwhatdoes).   Then I wrote out a few of …

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Life is either a daring adventure…

A Mother’s Day Well-Lived I’d been in a funk with a capital F the past few weeks and the mundane of life was getting to me.  So when I woke up yesterday and Mr YT asked what I wanted to do that day I said, “Maybe take a road trip.  Or go for a walk.”  “You don’t want to just rest or get out alone?”  He asked a little bewildered.  “I don’t know…let me think about it.” The sun was …

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Hooked on Books

What I’m reading in May Hi friends!  Man, I have been a slow reader the past few months.  Although, I find when I read “heavier” books it takes me longer to process them. Here’s what I’m reading in May with links to Amazon. Awe by Paul David Tripp- I love what the cover of the book says, “Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s …

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3 More Ways to Save Money

It’s President’s Day!  In honor of the day that celebrates Washington and Lincoln, I thought I could save you some Benjamins (who wasn’t a President, but whatev).   Here are 3 more things we do to save money. We don’t give it to the government Seems a little ironic, right?  While I’m patriotic to the US of A, the tax code should always be used to one’s advantage!  FYI: It’s YOUR money.  Since my husband is  self-employed, we do our best …

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Fighting entitlement in children (and all of us)

A book review I’ve been following Kristen Welch for a long time.  Her oftentimes raw prose about parenting, marriage and raising kids is always something I’m eager to read.  So when I was accepted to be on her Launch Team for Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, I did a little happy dance for the opportunity to read the book (for free) before every once.  Of course these opinions are my own. I will admit it’s empowering for me …

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A Plan for the New Year

2016 goals and aspirations Happy 2016!  Below are some of my goals for the New Year.  I think it’s important to declare these things publicly because it makes me accountable.  If I tell everyone I know via the world wide web, I better stick to my word, right?! Personal/Health Run the Blackhand Gorge 10k trail run in August (I ran the 5k in 2015) Eat one fruit and one vegetable everyday (It’s that bad.  Why aren’t M & Ms a …

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How to make a budget

AKA: How to afford to do the things you want to do You can read lots and lots of financial advice.  There are books and blogs and e-courses,oh my!  However, we’ve found that truly the ONE thing you must have if you want to succeed financially is the dreaded B word- a BUDGET! The months when we get off track with our budget are the months that we lose sight of the big picture.  Creating a budget gives you the …

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Seasons (of motherhood) are circular

When Motherhood Takes All Oh friends, I have two half-written posts, scrap paper with blog ideas overflowing, and social media shares still residing safely in my bookmarks.  Everything is just there.  Waiting for me. It’s funny how every week I set out to do things and every week I’m buried somehow between loads of laundry, a crockpot soaking in the sink, and homeschool and shopping and well, LIFE.  Short of having a Jessie Spano meltdown (THERE’S NO TIME, THERE’S NEVER ANY TIME), I …

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