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Ah, the holidays. The time when all well-intentioned planning and coordinating goes to shit and we realize we really aren’t in control. I know I said I’m going the positive route this year and this may seem contradictory but stay with me. We had planned to have our first floor and kitchen cabinets painted before the holidays.Our painter ended up starting the morning of the 23rd, the day my in-laws were supposed to come...

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As I listened to one of Rob Bell’s podcast episodes the other day, Episode 120 Wisdom Part 5, How to Think About the News. I couldn’t but let  turn off the firehose, as Rob put it. And that’s exactly how I feel whenever I open Twitter, Facebook, or turn on the television. It’s all so overwhelming but really, it’s my own fault. I’ve been confusing media with journalism. Journalism is truth-seeking,...

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My heart is fierce yet fragile, as a mother, it’s my biggest complaint. Our lives spent caring for others, we feel it all without restraint.   Our children are our extensions their lives seen through our eyes. We want nothing more than to shield them from all of life’s lies.   Our pain is exponential as we watch our children suffer. When they hurt and hearts break, We can do nothing but be the buffer.   I...

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Some of us are in the midst of the gift gifting holiday season and some of us are done but you may need ideas for next year. Hope you find some ideas either for that last couple of people on your list (or yourself?) Rev up your Pinterest boards because I’ve got some some fun things to share. ********* Gifts from Emily McDowell Studios This is just one of the mugs from the artist and designer, Emily McDowell that cracks me up....

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Last weekend, particularly Saturday, was one for my family’s memory books; all three of my kids won won their tournaments, one soccer and two baseball. On Saturday afternoon, my daughter played in a high school tournament championship game. They beat a local team who was ranked first in the state and fifth in the nation in the semifinals to get the championship. Her team went on to win in the championship, 3-0. Right after the...

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Before Thanksgiving, I sat down with a friend for coffee and we talked about everything from kids to our health issues (hello middle age), wellness, and essential oils. This conversation left me energized, almost giddy. She also believes in integrative nutrition/medicine and often times we feel like the exceptions among friends rather than the rule. We both seek to provide a better way to care for our families and address our families...

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