Category Archives: holidays

St. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday I like making a big deal about for the whole family. I want my family to know they are loved, and I seek to teach my children that loving others is a high priority for … Continue reading

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A Self-Motivating Savings Plan–That Works!

This is one of the best things I tried last year, and you should try it too! I didn’t want to blog about it until I had done it myself, and I’m definitely going for it again this year. I … Continue reading

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Playtime at Grandma and Grandpa’s

My dad fully embraced his role as Grandpa during our Christmas visit to West Virginia. From the minute we arrived, Dad had an entire playtime schedule planned for the kids. He pulled out classic wooden toys from his childhood and … Continue reading

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Eastern Shore Reunion

After five years since my last visit to the farm, a lot has changed. Now, all of my cousins are married with two kids each, and life with littles is busy (to put it mildly). My aunt and uncle have … Continue reading

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My Happy Place

This is the farm on the eastern shore of Maryland where my mom grew up. In my mind, it will always be “Pop-pop’s Farm,” although my Pop-pop has been gone for over six years. I have many happy memories of … Continue reading

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Small Town. Big Hearts.

I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this post, that we hadn’t been back to Indiana at Christmastime since we moved away to Arizona! Since my friend’s wedding was near my in-laws, it worked out beautifully that … Continue reading

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Our First Christmas in Oregon

Any day feels like Christmas when you treat it like Christmas! We celebrated our family Christmas in Oregon on December 10th since we were planning a two week trip back east. We invited our new-found friends, Steve and Debbie over … Continue reading

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Snow for Christmas

Snow is unusual here in Portland. There’s typically about one day of snow a year here, so this week has been incredible! Monday morning, I was taking Coop to the doctor when it started snowing big, beautiful flakes. We started … Continue reading

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Around Here

Between two birthdays and Thanksgiving all in the same month, Novembers are busy with celebrations around here. Because we’ve settled into life here in Oregon, our family calendar was a lot fuller this past month. I volunteered in Silas’s classroom … Continue reading

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Plumpers Pumkin Patch

At the last minute, we decided to go to meet our friends at Plumpers Pumpkin Patch last Saturday morning. The day was sunny, and perfect for a visit to the farm. Apparently, everyone else thought so too, as it was … Continue reading

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