One Year Blog Anniversary – GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone!  Today marks a year since I went live with the blog.  Thank you so much for reading my words and following along.  As a thank you, I’m doing a giveaway through Rafflecopter!  You have to answer one question (it’s multiple choice!) and you gain more entries for following me on all social media platforms. The raffle ends Sunday, Feb 14th at 11pm EST.  This is only open to US Residents.  One random winner will be picked and I’ll let you …

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Picking a pine

  Black Friday was more of a Green Friday for us!  We headed out to our favorite tree farm to pick out the Griswold Yoder Toter family Christmas Tree.  We’re lucky because our area is full of Christmas tree farms, Licking County actually has the most in Ohio. The past couple of years we’ve gotten our tree from M & M Tree Farm.  They don’t have a website, or an official Facebook page. ((What?!?)) They do, however, offer canaan firs, some of the …

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Dayton Delight: Carillon Historical Park

And 3 Tips For Your Visit So you’ve been to Cincinnati to check out the Newport Aquarium or Kings Island. You went to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and maybe cheer on the home team at Progressive Field.  And of course you have been to COSI in Columbus and wandered the streets of German Village.  But Dayton.  Dayton?  What’s in Dayton? I found myself in this same predicament- and asking myself the same questions. 60 …

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Life with Littles – A question for my readers

How do you run errands/complete tasks? The Yoder Toters have been struggling with something lately.  We feel like we hardly do anything as a family, it’s always me home with the kids and Brian working, running errands, or working on a project…. or it’s Brian watching the kids while I do shopping, scout a sale, or pick up groceries. Is this just the season of life that we’re in or is this how all of you operate as well? It …

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Fall Bucket List 2015

I’m not an over-achieving mother when it comes to home-baked goods or over-involved kids, BUT I do typically make a family bucket list for each season.  I know the practice is a little cheesy, but I think it helps us stay intentional and think about the things we want to do with our kids while they are little (although I only begrudgingly share a Starbucks drink or the pumpkin butter). Some links with my favorites: The Toasted Graham Latte?  Perfect …

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A little (quiz) about me

So I realized I’ve been blogging now for 6 months!  Holy cow! However, there isn’t a ton of personal stuff on this blog other than what we get up to now or then, or when I talk a little more about my faith.  I thought it may be fun to do a little quiz so you all would know more about me.  I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.   What was your favorite food when you …

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Lisbon, Portugal

Today I have my dear friend Richelle Z. sharing about her recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal.  Richelle has some great tips for visiting Lisbon and while the city was never really on my radar before, it is now.  Richelle is from the midwest, but is now living (and working) in the UK.  She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.  Thanks so much, Richelle!   Close your eyes for a moment and try to envision a city that is beautiful, culturally diverse, …

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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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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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My Wish

Today the man in my life turns 33.  He kissed me for the first time just 6 days before he turned 18. We watched our wedding video the other day.  Two young kids, not a wrinkle between us, proclaiming that we would love each other like Christ and he would support me financially, and I would support his dreams. This comes easy when you are 20 and 22.   Fast forward to just 4 or 5 days ago when a friend …

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