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    Cell Phones and Teens | Rules and Hacks for Moms

    I have been asked so many times what about our rules with cell phones for our children. I will be the first to tell you that we have in no way figured it out, and I have made many mistakes along the way. That said, I would also be happy to share what we are doing with our family to make this part of our lives a bit more manageable. First of all, we don’t allow our kids to have phones or personal devices at a young age. We made the mistake of handing personal devices out at too young of an age and we regretted it. Now our go-to…

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    The Right-Now

    Today your curly head lay against my chest as you fell into your afternoon nap. As a mom of 8, I know how fleeting these days are. I know how bittersweet the quickness of it all is, but the years have also whispered wisdom into my heart: the wisdom that screams at me to soak in this short season. Because to mourn for the moment before or to reach for the moment to come robs me of the right now. If I keep that repertoire, stolen moments become all there ever is, and I have hoodwinked myself out of the beauty of my life. I have willfully traded it for…

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    17 Years!

    Seventeen years ago an 18 year old girl stood hand in hand with a 21 year old boy and said a few simple vows beneath stained glass and wood. For better. For worse. For richer. For poorer. With God’s amazing grace we have honored those promises that were made while we so very young. Seventeen years of growing up together. Seventeen years of ups and downs and everything in between. Seventeen years of wrestling to make a marriage work in a culture that doesn’t value its importance. Seventeen years of adding, one by one, to this family of ours until our number reached 10. A number I never dreamed of,…

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    Dear 8th Child,

    Dear 8th Child, One day you’ll be bigger than me. Your ideas and thoughts will be as wild and free as the wind, unique to only you. You’ll have sprouted wings and you’ll be standing on the edge of our little nest looking in awe at the big world that surrounds you. It will be exciting and terrifying and electric all at the same time. You’ll swing, at times, like a pendulum between boy and man. Between rowdy and responsible. You’ll have times where we, your parents, will be your soft spot to land and other times where the lies that we are against you will seem surprisingly true in…

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    March Favorites

      What I am doing: Kitchen work: Sheesh… – I don’t even know where to begin here! We decided to rip out our plate rack and within 1.5 minutes we were headed to Menards for some primer and paint… because that’s how we roll! Our former wood and cream kitchen now is a soft white. We still have to re-grout the backsplash, build a picnic table (for INSIDE), replace the pendant lights and shiplap the crap out of the kitchen island, but at least the painting is done, right? Unit studies: I have confessed this before. I tweak EVERYTHING… even my own curriculum I tweak. Does that make me crazy? Unstable? Maybe……

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    Quick Jute and Yarn Easter Basket Pattern | FREE!

    Materials Jute Twine: https://amzn.to/2HcBXvu Acrylic Worsted Weighted Yarn: https://amzn.to/2EzD5Eb Size K Crochet Hook: https://amzn.to/2qna3T8 Large Tapestry Needle: https://amzn.to/2GRgF3f Craft Felt: https://amzn.to/2GPEa0A Fabric Glue: https://amzn.to/2v5OSup Scissors/Scissor Sharpener: https://amzn.to/2Jxu2Ho Holding 2 pieces of yarn and 1 piece of jute twine make a magic circle Ch 2 tightly and work 8 hdc into loop, sl to join (8) Ch 1 loosely, starting in the same st as joined, 2 hdc in each hdc around, slst to join (16) Ch 1 loosely, starting in the same st as joined, *hdc 1, 2 hdc in next* 8 times, slst to join (24) Ch 1 loosely, working in the BLO (for this round only) of the…