Separation State??

I shared some of our trip to Asheville on the blog and one of the things that kept playing in my head was how many questions (and looks!) we got about our family. In three days we were asked a handful of times what the kids ages were, or how far apart they were, and one man even told us that we “had our own little camp!” ?I’m not sure what that means but Camp Yoder Toter sounds like a …

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Money and Awkward Social Situations

It’s Money Monday! One of my friends recently gave me the idea to talk about how money can make for awkward conversations when invited to an event or outing. Maybe you’re invited to dinner and you don’t have the funds to eat at an expensive steakhouse. Maybe you’re asked to be a bridesmaid and you know a dress + shoes + hotel + bachelorette party is going to put you out $500 or more. Or you could be?just saving for …

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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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#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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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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Five Things Your Firstborn Will Teach You About Life

Jackson turned 5 last week. ?Somedays it?s hard to believe he is not the skinny, sleepless baby that we brought home from the hospital. Other days it?s hard to believe we have survived 5 years as parents! ?As I was cleaning today, I was reflecting on how much life has changed since little Yoder Toter arrived! ?Here?s 5 things he has taught me- and you probably learned some of the same things when you brought home your first little bubby. …

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