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a childhood dream

Several months ago I read a blog post written by a woman who had just received news that her house was going to be in a magazine. The post was full of excitement and humility and touched on the point that God is so cool that he knows our deepest dreams even better than we […]

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time for another coffee chat

It’s been a few weeks since our last chat. Today if we were sitting together, I would be drinking this: I am so high maintenance when I order drinks at Starbucks. In the winter I add extra-hot. If I were to add an extra shot, I would check all the boxes on the cup. High-maintenance, […]

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I am a big fan of blogs

I write a blog. And I do love it. But before I was a blogger, I was a reader of blogs. Lots of them.  And I still am. My intention with this post was to share a list of the blogs that I love : and that will come : but I feel this need […]

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my best friend

Let me introduce you to my best friend. Her name is K.C. {the initials of her real name, but she’s gone by k.c. for forever}.  She is really, really pretty, has amazing arms, brings out the wittiness in me, loves her three children more than any mom I know, can have a conversation with absolutely […]

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let’s chat

When I read a blog for an extended period of time, I start to feel like I know the writer. Oh, doesn’t Ashley Ann just come up with the best projects? That, Meg. She always makes me smile. I was reading Angie the other day : I don’t want to be presumptuous in thinking you […]

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summer in snapshots {week two}

It’s Wednesday : which means a photo collage capturing our week. {I’m linking to The Starfish Blog Summer in Snapshots} This week was our first full week of summer.  By day two, with the rain pouring down, I thought I was going to cry. Bored kids already?  Fortunately, by day three, the rain stopped {momentarily} […]

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25 bits of randomness

#1 I’m pretty random by nature : take this blog for instance. What category does it fit in? Lifestyle? Home Decorating? Crafts? Who knows. But it represents my life. Random. Thanks for coming along for the ride. #2 I am quite taken with Pinterest. Slowly but surely my boards are gaining pins. #3 My go-to […]

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growing pains

We are entering a new phase of parenting. With it comes great joy as we watch our kids grow in to their own personalities, develop their individual talents, become independent and responsible. But it also comes with new challenges, heartaches and fear. (more…)

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q & a recap and a free printable

Well, my goodness. That was fun! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who took the time to ask questions, those who replied to them and all who read through the answers. I am normally a question asker, so it was fun to be on the other end and have to come […]

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hold on to your fork

I heard a story this weekend and wanted to share. Perhaps you’ve heard it, or maybe it isn’t even true, but the meaning is sweet, nevertheless. You can read many different versions online, but this is my recap: A woman who was nearing death, requested that she be buried with a fork in her hand. […]

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a whole lot of stuff to share

This is me clearing out my brain. Some of it is business, some just random thoughts. Enjoy. If you purchased the new art print assortment and your name is: Lisa Baum . Vickie Baccaglio . Jenna Allen . Lynda Ford . Ashley Cole you just received yours for free! I will refund your payment and […]

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what I learned while laying at the pool

Ryan and I snuck away for a few days last week to Palm Springs, California. We’ve been having some dreary weather in the northwest, so we jumped at the chance for sun, sun and more sun. We did little other than sleep in, lounge at the pool and eat : which was just fine for […]

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thank you and a good children’s book

Thank you kindly for your words of encouragement yesterday. Sometimes I just need to share my heart {however embarrassingly honest it is} and I love that 1. I receive such wisdom from you sweet ladies and 2. I feel more normal as many of you struggle with the same things.  So thank you. And have […]

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things around here

A few photos from today: Sometimes yellow is just what you need to add some sunshine to your home. I’m so inspired by this spread from Holiday with Matthew Mead {I know it is a holiday publication, but I want my house to reflect this calm warmth all year long}. The boys and I made […]

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