There’s Nothing Evil about Making Money

Dave Ramsey will often say, “Money is amoral.” It is just a tool.  It is neither evil or good. Can money be used for evil or good?  Absolutely.  However, the $20 bill in my wallet is not evil itself,  it’s just sitting there waiting to be plucked out for groceries or the babysitter. Oftentimes the Bible is misquoted by folks that say, “Money is the root of all evil.” Negative.  The Bible says, “For the LOVE of money is a root of …

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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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I want to be fully present in my one life

How a Garth Brooks concert reminded me of my daily battle with my smartphone One of my favorite quotes is “Wherever you are, be all there.”  Jim Elliot was wise beyond his years  when he died at the hands of Ecuadoran natives in 1956, he could not have foreseen the technological advances the world would acquire in the next 70 years.  It’s hard to “be all there” when a 4″ long device that sits in the palm of your hand can …

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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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Hooked on Books- October edition

Hi!  I’m here for another monthly addition of what I am reading.  Now that Fall has arrived in the Midwest, I’m looking forward to more afternoons spent inside enjoying books. This blog, How do you stop feeling guilty about taking time to read? from Crystal at Money Saving Mom was super helpful.  Ladies, we shouldn’t feel guilty about reading!  There are numerous statistics to support why it’s important for adults to read, but I also believe it’s important for our children to …

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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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Why we’re all taking life too seriously and how it pays to play hooky

A sermonette to myself First, I’d like to thank my Dad for letting me play hooky approximately 1-2 times per school year from about 9th grade onward.  He knew my rebellion was strong when I would ask him to call me off for the day.  The year he was not in charge of me, whilst spent on exchange Down Under, I missed 23 days.  I can’t clearly remember what many of these absences were for- some were days traveling throughout …

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