Not only is eating out a convenient way to nourish your body on a hectic day, eating out is an opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and family without the stress of trying to come up with a dish everybody can agree on and without adding a new pile of dirty dishes to your…

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I was 20 years old when my daughter was born, but many people thought I looked younger. The picture to the left is after being aged by 2 months of sleep deprivation by a newborn. Even now, at 37 years old, I rarely go a month without somebody asking if we are sisters. I am…

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Senior year is just around the corner. And today we started driving lessons! We are going with the parent taught course from Aceable. … My daughter got her permit last Friday. Today we headed up to the empty parking lot of the football field and went over one of the basics that made me nervous…

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There are a few things that I gift myself every year around Christmas: A trip to one of my favorite restaurants where I will pick up a gift card to bring myself back on my birthday. A game or craft project to enjoy with friends and family. Something to wear. (Usually a pack of socks,…

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I am sick. I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and stuffy nose. 38 hours later I am just “blah”. First and foremost, I would like to apologize to anybody whom I have not shown an appropriate level of sympathy when they were sick. It is easy to forget how truly miserable it is…

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I was full of questions when my ex became disabled. He said that he was going to sign up for Social Security and our daughter would be able to draw too. I was skeptical at first. He hasn’t had the most stable work history. I doubted that he would have enough credits. For those of…

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Of all the things to get sentimental about. Tonight my eyes began to tear up as my little girl asked to go on her first Snake Walk! (Basically just a bunch of high-school kids get together after the homecoming bonfire and walk across town to a restaurant.) Teenage independence is full of surprises I half…

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Much of our church started The Gospel Project earlier this month. It will take us 3 years to get through the entire bible. This is week three. We spoke about sin. I like that our preacher pointed out how if we say “no” to the things that we think we want, God will have a…

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My daughter’s horticulture class had a plant sale earlier this week. She brought home a lovely mix of Sweet Potato Vines and Coleus 🙂 This is the story of our first sweet potato vines! Plant Specs: Plant Size: Short, but the vines can really spread out! I found one site saying Margarita spreads 48-60 inches…

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We got a pack of Cypress Vine seeds in hopes of using these cheerful flowers as a fence cover. … Luckily I read how invasive they can become and decided to instead grow them outside my fence on a tomato cage. Of the 12 seeds planted, 3 made it to be big, healthy vines. I…

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