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Vacation in Punta Cana: Our room at the Luxury Bahai Principe

Every five years, my husband and I take a big trip together without the kids. There have been little trips here and there fora night or two, but these trips are week-long, no-cell-service and many-many-adult-beverages-consumed sort of trips. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll remember we did a Norwegian Cruise in 2011. This […]

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Vacation in Punta Cana: Staying at the Luxury Bahai Principe

Every five years, my husband and I take a big trip together without the kids. There have been little trips here and there fora night or two, but these trips are week-long, no-cell-service and many-many-adult-beverages-consumed sort of trips. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll remember we did a Norwegian Cruise in 2011. This […]

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Vacation in Punta Cana: The flight via Spirit Airlines

Every five years, my husband and I take a big trip together without the kids. There have been little trips here and there for a night or two, but these trips are week-long, no-cell-service and many-many-adult-beverages-consumed sort of trips. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll remember we did a Norwegian Cruise in 2011. […]

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God’s answers aren’t like Magic Eye pictures

This blog contains the facts that prove my childhood was so normal. We had really raging Friday nights that involved a trip to the grocery store followed up TGIF on ABC. You know, a little Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters…you get the picture. When I was a kid, my dad got paid once […]

With the Thrivent Action Team, we were able to give each women at our church's MCREST shelter, a purse filled with goodies for Christmas.

How Thrivent Action Team helped us give back to women in need

On Dec. 17, I still had Christmas shopping to do. I had gifts to buy, stocking stuffers to purchase and more than 40 purses in my basement that were filled for homeless women, but needed finishing touches and gift bags. Let’s back up a few months. Back in September, when I was attending MOMCon in […]

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Here come Christmas: Gifts for Guys

My husband is a hard man to shop for. He buys himself pretty much everything he wants, he has no serious hobbies and he’s not overly into sports. It’s difficult to narrow down Christmas gifts that wouldn’t break the bank, but I’ve got his number and after all these years, I can find things that […]

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Here comes Christmas: A gift guide for the ladies

It’s that time of year again. I’ll be glued to my computer in just a few days trying to get the best deal on all of my loved ones favorite things. So what do I buy for all of these people? I have no idea. Each year, I somehow come up with something acceptable. This […]

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Leaving a bit of me for the future

As I sit on the airplane, it rocks back and forth, lurches and lifts and fights the turbulence. It’s one of the ways I imagine I’ll die, a plane crash. So, is this it? Actually I’m writing this as it happens so either some day this will be posted online or it will sit forever […]

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The day I became a mom: The birth of my daughter

The weather was unseasonably warm for October. And the end of October at that. I left the house in a tank top and yoga pants, instead of the typical fall-in-Michigan jeans and a hoodie prerequisite. I had called the doctor’s office earlier in the day to tell them something was off, and I was told […]

Apples with jack-o-lantern shapes cut into it, paint and some paper makes a fun Halloween art project.

Apple Art: Using apples for printmaking

My Pinterest account is filled with pins I never try. Especially my Halloween Fun Pinterest board. I feel like Halloween just draws the short straw. This year, though, I decided to tackle some of the projects on that list. After our recent apple orchard trip, I used some of our remaining apples to create artwork with […]