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Returning to my bookworm ways

Returning to my bookworm ways

I used to read anything and everything. I always had a book going. Then, I went to college, and I had to read so much for classes that I didn’t really want to read also for fun. Then I graduated and… along came the internet. And Twitter. And Facebook. And I started having babies. And slowly but surely, the number of books I read sank to about… zero. Perhaps I would get through one or two every year, but more…

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Backyard Book Club

Backyard Book Club

This summer I am trying something new. I honestly can’t say where I got the idea – was it a podcast maybe? A blog post? I know it wasn’t my original idea so apologies that I can’t remember who inspired me. :-) I am doing a “Backyard Book Club” with the kids of our neighborhood! We’re meeting every week for 5 weeks where I read aloud the book “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett while the kids enjoy Popsicles….

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Leave it better than you found it

Leave it better than you found it

Warning, picture-heavy post below! We bought our first house in 2009, closing only ten days after our first child was born. It had been a rental and was being sold as a short sale. The price was right but it was definitely a fixer upper. I wrote more about that journey here, right after we finished a major renovation. Everyone says, you just finished fixing up the house! Why would you sell it? We loved the changes we made, but…

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Halloween a.k.a. Reformation Day a.k.a. my Grandfather’s birthday

Halloween a.k.a. Reformation Day a.k.a. my Grandfather’s birthday

My grandfather around age 18 Today is my Grandfather’s 90th birthday, and his first birthday spent in Heaven. He passed away 9 months ago today. I don’t have a lot of memories of just me and him, but this saltines tin represents one strong memory. Every day for lunch, he would make himself a bowl of soup and pull out this tin of crackers. He would spread peanut butter on the crackers to have with his soup. Often I would…

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Here we are, end of October

Here we are, end of October

A conversation with a friend tonight made me visit my neglected website. Well, hello there! It’s been a while. I updated everything and made it nice and shiny again. Hopefully I will be back. :-) A lot has happened in the past year. I can’t believe we’re already heading into the holiday season. We sold our house and moved this summer! We’re still in metro Atlanta, just in a different area with better schools and more affordable housing. So that’s…

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