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kitchen

DIY Cheese Plate

Cheese is one of those things that pairs well with so many things – and can seem so elegant and fun. This DIY cheese plate breaks down everything you need to have the cheese plate everyone will be talking about! read more

self

Favorite Friend Dates

Life, well, it is insanely busy, and if I am not careful, I can neglect my friendships, or I might wait around waiting for someone else to plan the fun. Here are my go-to favorite friend dates. read more

self

How Playdates Helped Me Survive the Early Years

I was in bed, trying to find a reason to get up. My husband had been gone for seven months on a military deployment, and I was alone with our three young children. An empty day stretched before me, until I remembered - we have a play date this morning! Suddenly the whole day seemed brighter. read more

honestly

Unexpected Blessings

Eight years ago I lost my mom to lung cancer. I was unprepared for how difficult the first Christmas would be. My mom celebrated Christmas to the extreme. It was just her “time of the year.” read more

honestly

Gathering to Remember

In our small community, we gather together in the Advent season. We collect prayers and praises, needs and wants, hopes and sorrows, and write them on ornamental wreaths that we hang on the huge evergreen tree in the center of town. The prayers are nearly unanimously for children. read more