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    Spoons and Parenting

    My children have taken after me in how they eat their cereal in the mornings, dry with a side of milk. I’ve upgraded to coffee instead of milk, and since they’ve got enough energy already, they don’t need coffee to add to that. It would be like adding an extra battery pack to an already fast RC car. It would be really cool at first, then an amazing crash would occur, injuries might happen and all that energy would be lost. They’ve also started enjoying the handheld goodness of Pop-Tarts dipped in milk. Occasionally the piece of Pop-Tart would fall into the milk and they’d have to fish it out…

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    I’m back

    Now when I think of that phrase, I actually think of the still image from The Shining of Jack Nicholson peering between a splintered door. Oddly enough, I’ve never seen the movie, but that’s beside the point. I’m back after an unintentional hiatus, but then again, having a baby who spent her first week in the NICU tends to distract you. I hope to have a new blog post up soon, but just wanted to share that I’m still here and there will be some changes to my blog coming soon. Until next post, I hope all is well with you and yours.

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    Puzzles & Dreams

    I love puzzles. Jigsaw. 3-D. Word games. Rearranging furniture to fit a room better. Most any kind of puzzle I’ve at least tried, if not fell in love with growing up. My favorites are 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles of Americana paintings. So I was pleasantly surprised when a few weeks ago the toy in Munchkins kids meal was a 3-D puzzle of a basketball. When we got home Mister assembled it and Munchkin had a wonderful time playing with his new ball. Unfortunately, a few weeks later we found that the ball doesn’t hold up well to continual rough use that a toddler thinks is normal play, so it fell…

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    Scars…

    Scars happen when we injure ourselves (accidentally or otherwise) and the skin eventually grows back over the site of injury. They can also occur when cancer decides to take up residence in a part of us and in order to lengthen our lives the cancer is removed until only healthy tissue remains. Scars aren’t always fun, but they always have a story behind them. Some people go to great lengths to hide their scars and try to forget they have them. Others accept the scars as a portion of their life story and learn to live with them. Yet, have you ever thought of the emotional scars you might have? From…

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    Life. Gets. Busy.

    So yea, the last time I posted was way back in August. Sorry y’all, I’ve been slacking on the whole blog update thing. Thankfully, this should hopefully be the first in a few posts I’ve been thinking about for a while. Tis the season for: to-do lists a mile long, moms and dads alike to get into baking frenzies in the kitchen, everyone trying to score the best deal on the “must have” gift of the season for that special someone on your list. It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of the season, but Christmas is so much more than that. I’ll even dare to say that…

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    Abide in Me.

    I grew up in the country. I didn’t own any farm animals or have to muck stalls growing up, but I did get to enjoy other perks of country life. Mainly seeing how many different types of flowers and trees my parents could grow on the five acres of land we owned. One of the flowers that flourished was called a trumpet vine (more info), it wound its way through the metal fence our neighbor used to mark their property from ours (and to keep their dogs on their property) and softened the lines of the stark metal very nicely. It didn’t need much to flourish, a bit of good…

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    Mirrors

    Mirrors are just simply reflective surfaces that we use to view ourselves, yet the image we see in the mirror can be radically different than the image God sees in the same mirror. When I look in the mirror I see a person who’s more often than not, tired, worn out, easily discouraged and not filled with the Spirit. Yet I put on a happy face and trudge through my day trying my best to survive another day. I “fake it til I make it”, but when God sees my reflection He sees something totally different. He sees a person who’s tender-hearted, passionate, loving, intelligent and creative. All characteristics He’s…

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    Soapbox

    Okay, sorry for the long delay in posting. Moving, unpacking and planning family visits & a birthday party for a 1 year old takes a lot of my free time. Now, for those of you who don’t already know, I’m a diabetic and kinda opinionated. I also like to share my opinions with others (hence this blog). Something that has been on my mind for a while needs to finally be shared. You don’t have to agree with me, just hear me out. Please. Insurance is a good thing right? Taking good care of yourself is considered a wise thing as well. So why does it seem like insurance companies don’t…

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    Value & Worth

    This blog idea has been ruminating in my head for a while now, but with making arrangements to pack and move our little family from a tiny apartment to a larger rental house, it hasn’t been written… until now. Today I want to speak to the moms. Doesn’t matter if you’re a new one dealing with sleep deprivation and fussy baby(ies) or one who’s seen her share of stubbed toes, hurt feelings and the growing pains all children go through. I want to share something with you that I hope brings you comfort and peace. As moms we tend to be the adult of the household who take it upon…

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    Reflections

    My son (aka: Munchkin) loves to look at his reflection in the full length mirror we have in our bathroom. He can be screaming until he’s red in the face, but once we turn the light on and show him his reflection in the mirror he’s pretty quickly distracted and wondering why his new playmate can’t come out of the bathroom. He’s enamored with his reflection, and as a distraction it works wonders. Since he’s not yet walking we have to be the ones to take him into the bathroom to see the “mirror baby” and distract him. I noticed earlier today when we were hanging out in the bathroom…