Summer Lips

Summer Lips

I love summer fashion. Sundresses and sandals and tank tops, oh my! But one of the hardest parts of summer style is my make-up. My skin changes so much during the summer. I go from being pasty white to sort of tan to occasionally sunburned to full-on freckled. Not only is my skin like a chameleon’s, I also just don’t like having to wear a full face of make up during the summer. On a normal work day, I wear loose powder, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip…

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Summer Ideals

Summer Ideals

This past weekend was the big family festival that Chris’s theater puts on every year.  It’s his baby.  He and his staff plan it and organize it for months, so when the big weekend finally comes, it is always a welcome celebration. Summer around our house is a little strange. I am home all summer with the kids, which is a drastic change from teaching all school year with the kids in daycare. I love having this time with them. But being alone with them every day makes it very…

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The Challenge of Four

The Challenge of Four

Bean is four.  Seems like a simple enough statement.  But that is really code for, “Bean is four and so he thinks he knows everything, he questions everything I know, and he is fairly certain that the entire world is one giant conspiracy working to keep him in the dark about everything.” Bean was a super easy baby. He totally rebuked the “terrible two’s” by being relatively easy and logical throughout them. He even glided through three with relatively few hitches. Don’t get me wrong. He has his days, and…

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The Center of the Table

The Center of the Table

Every now and then, my kids go through this endearing phase where they won’t eat a darn thing I put on their plates.  I’ll fix a wholesome, healthy meal, and they will take one look at it and groan and whine and wither in their seats like a flower that has been poisoned.  I can’t tell you how full it makes my heart. One night when I can always count on them to eat is taco night.  They love tacos because I put all the trimmings in small bowls down…

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Walk in Faith

Walk in Faith

So, I did something strange… even for me.  But before I tell you about it, I wanted us to have a little talk about faith.  Or, more specifically, my faith.  Sometimes, I feel a little odd sharing about my faith on my blog.  It’s just such a personal thing.  But I hope that you all know I do it simply because it would be impossible to have an entire website about my life without acknowledging my relationship with God.  It just wouldn’t be honest.  For years, I never mentioned my…

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Fighting a Bad Mood

Fighting a Bad Mood

For the past couple of days, I have been in a pretty bad mood.  There are a few things triggering it, but I am really over feeling like this.  Though they aren’t the reason for my mood, I have been taking it out this week on my kids.  Isn’t that terrible?  I catch myself snapping at them or nitpicking at them, and I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that they haven’t done anything wrong.  They are just being a toddler and a preschooler. When I find…

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Tried and True Baby Products: Day Five

Tried and True Baby Products: Day Five

If you’ve been around these parts for any amount of time, then you’ve met my sister, Ginny.  Ginny and I are only 14 months apart in age and, over the years, our friendship has grown incredibly close as we navigate marriage, family, and parenting together.  As close as we are, though, Ginny and I raise our babies in slightly different ways that work best for our families.  I am learning to love that about our friendship.  She has some great perspectives and thoughts on parenting, and I’ve learned a lot…

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Blessings Bags

Blessings Bags

A few weeks ago, our minister gave a sermon that has really stuck with me.  He talked about the difference between giving and serving.  I’ve never really thought much about that difference before, but it is such an important distinction.  I have been thinking about this myself, actually, long before our minister spoke about it.  We are teaching the kids about giving to those in need by encouraging them to give money out of their own piggy banks for various things – offerings on Sunday mornings, fundraisers at their daycare,…

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Tried and True Baby Products: Day Four

Tried and True Baby Products: Day Four

Last week I asked five wonderful mommas to share their lists of must-haves for the first year of motherhood.  I meant to post all their responses in one week, but life happened.  Today we are continuing that series with a list of baby products from the lovely Sarah H.  Sarah has been reading my blog since…the beginning of time, maybe?  She and I have very similar families and we have loved watching each of them grow over the years together via the internets.  Isn’t technology grand???? Hello MC readers! I…

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Marked.

Marked.

Sunday morning was VBS Sunday at our church where one of the services is dedicated entirely to a recap of VBS.  It’s a time for the children to share with the congregation everything they learned the week before.  All the songs we sing are VBS songs, the children stand up where the choir would (and there are hundreds, so it’s pretty impressive), the sermon is usually something about raising faithful families, and we see a slideshow with pictures from the week before.  It’s a really fun service. In order to…

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