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Just the discussions of a person who loves life, loves to have fun, and loves laughter from herself and from others…

Two more children…

In 1996 when my doctor told me that my body could not handle another pregnancy, I was so very hurt. This was after a very difficult pregnancy in which I had gone into labor at 31 weeks. I had three amazing and beautiful children and absolutely no reason to be sad, but I had really wanted another one. So I was hurt. Not devastated, not depressed, just sad.

Two years ago, however, I defied the doctor’s orders and added another child.

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This past weekend, I added child number five. And my body didn’t have a say in it at all.

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You see, these two beautiful, amazing children were added through marriage. You may be saying, yes, but they aren’t really your children. To you, I say yes, they are. I did not give birth to them, but I could not love them more if I actually had given birth to them.

When each of my children was born, I began praying for their future spouses. That may seem a little strange to some people, but to me, it was just what I knew I needed to do. And let me tell you, God is good! My prayers were answered with two very different girls, for my very different boys. Both of my sons married girls who suit them to a T. And there is no doubt in my mind that this was no coincidence. It is good, old-fashioned answered prayer.

The thing is, not only have I gained 2 amazing new daughters, I have gained incredible extended families, as well. During the planning of both weddings, Hubby and I had the pleasure of getting to know the in-laws, and what a blessing that has been. It has been such a wonderful experience getting to know them and forming a bond that is something beyond friendship.

I just cannot express how thankful I am that our lives have been so blessed by these new editions, how much I appreciate the way these girls love my boys, or how much we love them. Thank you, K and A, for seeing our crazy, wacky, loving family and joining in. I honestly feel as though you’ve always been a part of us and I look forward to all the craziness, love, and laughter to come.

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All of my girls!

Do any of you have a special bond with your newest family members?

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Comforting Craft Rooms

Why on earth would I call this post “Comforting Craft Rooms?” Well, because for me, the ultimate comfort is getting in my craft room and spending time making things. Ahhh…Bliss. I just love the feeling that I can start with one thing and end with something else. Even if I end up not liking the finished product, I love the process.

It is also a place for me to listen to books on audio. As you know, I am an avid reader. I also love to listen to books and I think I actually comprehend more from audio than actually reading. I am an audible – tactile learner, which means hearing things and touching things. For example, while listening to someone (audible), note-taking (tactile) increases my understanding and comprehension. That being said, if I am not taking notes, I am drawing and doodling. Still tactile.

So listening and crafting go hand-in-hand for me. What a glorious thing, my two favorite things – reading and crafting – at one time! Truly the most comforting of days for me! Below is a collage of some of my craft storage. The most “eggcentric” has to be the chicken coup (bottom image) which is where I store a large part of my most often used crafts. There are also Mason jars, lots of plastic bins and a pegboard that I painted in a funky fashion. My plan is to use the ideas from this post to design a really well-functioning space for my crafting.

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Whew…that is a lot of information to get to the meat and potatoes of this post, which is about beautiful, comforting, organized craft rooms that sort of make my heart melt. Organization is key. My craft room may look messy to some people, but I have my own system and I know where pretty much everything is. If it gets messy and unorganized, I have to stop all projects and reorganize or it loses its comfort and makes me nervous.

So, I hope you enjoy seeing all the craft rooms that inspire me. One day I hope to have a large space with plenty of work surfaces and beautiful storage that I can show to others!

Raising Up Rubies

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Raising Up Rubies

One of the rooms that I have recently “found” is from the Rasing Up Rubies blog. It is gorgeous, very well-organized and has a lot of open storage, which I love because I don’t want to have to search to find bits and pieces. There are also some quirky pieces, and I am a fan of quirky! One is the birdcage pillowcase storage. (right) Who would have guessed it would be so cute for that purpose?  There are also cute ideas for labels.  Not to mention the vintage canning and cookie jars that hold colorful items and collections. Oh, and the idea to glue a yardstick to her fabric table is ingenious! Never have to look for it again, or find somewhere else to store it. Love!

Between Naps on the Porch

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Between Naps on the Porch

The comfy chair and the dressmaker’s form are two of my very favorite things in this room. Plus there is some really great storage and I love the pale yellow on the walls. What I would love to take from this room to use in mine would be the huge corner desk. I have the perfect place for it in the area I plan to make my new craft room and I think it is a really good piece. Susan’s blog has hundreds of DIY projects including the plans to build a Pottery Barn knock-off cubby organizer that I am certainly going to tackle this summer!

Sawdust Girl

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Sawdust and PaperScraps

Not only is this craft room beautiful, but the storage here is extremely well planned. She planned each drawer and space based on what would be housed there. Wow. Talk about planning ahead! The craft island plans can be found here along with many images. She also offers a mentorship program where you get help designing and building a space of your own, no matter what type of room you need. The mentorship is pretty much like signing up for a class and you get that class for an hour a week for 12 weeks. There are also tons of tutorials here for all types of projects.

Creations by Christie

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Creations by Christie

This craft room is what I call indulgent! It is seriously awe-inspiring and worthy of jealousy! There is a place for everything I can imagine! From the pull-out shallow drawers for bits and pieces to the paint containers hanging upside down under a cabinet held by magnets. Not to mention the custom cabinets and granite countertops!

It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a room like this..I’d never ever want to leave it. Seriously! You must go to this site and check this room out completely.

One of my favorite things here (other than the entire room) is the idea of project bins. She uses dish basins to store projects that are in process but not complete. That way all the materials are in one place, but neatly stored out of the way. YAY! Love this idea! Going to steal it!

Sew Many Ways

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Sew Many Ways

Not only does Karen have a really wonderful craft room, but so much of the room is from DIY projects that she has links to on the site! How awesome…like this vertical storage with coffee cans. Or this framed magnetic piece with plastic cups and lids for bits and pieces. To the slinky note holder and the china cabinet turned craft storage. I am definitely going to have to make a few of these things!

Infarrantly Creative

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Infarrantly Creative

This blog is actually one of my favorite blogs due to pretty much everything on the site, but this huge craft table is beyond enviable. Beckie also has this amazing hidden door paint storage option that causes me a bit of jealousy. I actually have one of the drop down ironing boards like she has and it is a true space saver! Mine is actually on the door in my laundry room.

Now if I can just get hubby motivated this summer to help me out with that table…

Distinctive Touches

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Distinctive Touches

Colleen’s entire site is about crafting and creating, as is her job with Imagination International for Copic Markers (seems like an amazing job). So it would only be fitting that she would have an amazing craft room. It is in her basement and has several stations with upper and lower cabinets to store everything. She also has links to quite a few video tutorials for using Copic Markers.  Not to mention the pale green wall color. It is just so calming.

In My Own Style

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In My Own Style

Diane  has a ton of organizing ideas, furniture makeovers, decorating ideas, and crafts. Plus she has a television cabinet turned craft storage unit that is packed to the gills and yet still completely accessible. Her $20 home photo studio idea is a hit with me! There is also a great way to organize craft room tools using pegboard. I have to say my favorite find here is the way she stores her little beads and baubles in a drawer storage bin. I found this one on Amazon Prime for $22.30 and this one with a few larger drawers for $28.00. This will certainly be one of my next purchases!

So now that I have quite a few ideas, plans, and a ton inspiration, I am going to start planning and working on a layout for my new space. I am moving from a small bedroom upstairs to the basement, which is pretty large.  I will have so much more room to spread out, I just need to get the storage pieces in the works.

There will be updates…but probably not until summer when I have much more time on my hands. Do you have a craft room to share? I’d love to see it! Send me some pictures and some ideas! Please! If not, I hope you enjoy this post and maybe we can just dream together. 🙂

5 Harsh Truths Every Girl (or Guy) Should Understand About Dating

I have mentioned that I am a Dr. Phil fan. A huge fan. I love his outspoken style of tell-it-like-it-is, take no prisoners, make no excuses advice. And I think he is spot on with that advice. I am more than a little like that. If I think it and don’t say it, it’s because I have used a great deal of restraint and that doesn’t happen very often. I also have a secret desire to be BFFs with his wife, Robin! 🙂

That being said, I particularly agree with his advice on dating and marriage and as an educator in a high school setting, I see so many teenagers who are so “in love” that they cannot see the forest for the trees. I am writing this post for them. Or for anyone in a relationship, really. I hope you don’t mind the soapbox…

If you argue more than you laugh, the relationship isn’t worth it.

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Every day at work I walk down the halls and there are teenagers who are so “in love” hanging around every corner. But there is one couple that I see every day, a couple of times a day, and they are always in some kind of argument. I cannot count the number of times I have heard her saying “I’m sorry.” Or “I know, but…” Or “I didn’t mean it.” He always looks like he is having the worst day of his life.

Every time I see them, I want to stop and ask them why in the world are they together? Good grief! If I spent all my time with hubby apologizing or explaining my actions, I would be miserable. And so would he!

No, hubby and I probably don’t laugh 50% of the time we are together, but we don’t fight 50% of the time, either. We have a lot of conversations that aren’t funny, they are just conversations. We also have fun and laugh a good bit. We just have conversations. About life. About work. About the kids. About things on TV, the news, the weather, our lives…But we don’t have conversations that require apologies all the time.

What I am saying is that if your relationship is made up of apologies and excuses, it isn’t worth having.

If he/she cheats on you, say goodbye. And leave.

If you are dating someone and they cheat, why would you stay with that person? You have nothing holding you in a relationship.

Why would someone cheat? The Truth About Deception website claims that there are 2 basic reasons: 1st is being unhappy in a relationship and 2nd is that being faithful is difficult for some people.

Looking at these two issues, my responses are this: If you are unhappy with a dating relationship, get out of that relationship. If you cheat you are not only unhappy, but you are lowering yourself to being untrustworthy.

As for the second issue, my response is: That is malarkey! Being faithful is not that difficult. Just don’t do it. Don’t put yourself into situations where it is more likely that you will cheat. If cheating is looking like an option, make that decision not to do it. Take yourself out of the situation that is endangering your relationship.

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Sex doesn’t mean he/she loves you. Nor does it mean you love him/her.

Sex is an act of love. But it does not mean that you love someone. Having sex does not make someone love you. It does not make you love someone, either. Having sex does not mean you are officially an adult, either. Trust me, I’ve met a lot of people who have sex that I would not consider adults! Just sayin’.

It’s just a fact. Sex is an act of love between two people, but it should never be forced or required. The statement “If you love me you’ll have sex with me” should ALWAYS be followed by “If you love me, you won’t pressure me.”  I am not saying sex is a bad thing. I am saying that holding sex over someone’s head to pressure them into something is a terrible thing.

Part of what makes you an adult is making good decisions based on a level of maturity that allows you to continue to make good decisions. Having sex to hang on to a boyfriend/girlfriend is the opposite of that.

If he/she keeps you from your friends, he/she isn’t worth keeping.

Being in a relationship takes time and commitment. I get that. But it doesn’t take 100% of your free time. I am amazed at the teenage couples at schools where I have worked that cannot be out of one another’s sight. They are holding hands, touching, or hanging all over each other all of the time. That’s just not for me. But for some, that is the relationship they like. I am good with that.

But then there is the more sinister side to that type of relationship, where one person basically requires the other to spend all his or her free time as a couple, not allowing the other to call, text, or talk to anyone else. Sometimes even family.

If this is the case, you should start to worry about abuse. I am not saying that person will abuse you, I am just saying that, in my opinion, and from what I have seen, these relationships usually involve abuse. Sometimes physical, but almost always emotional. I mean, let’s face it, not having any relationships outside your romantic one is already emotional abuse.

If your significant other doesn’t have other friends and interests beyond you, what is going to happen when you do something that lets them down? And you will because no one can be everything to someone else all the time. So if you let them down, how will they handle it? They are already controlling you emotionally, so how big of a leap would it be for the control to get physical?

Which leads me to the last point:

If he/she puts his hand on you in anger leave. Right then. And NEVER go back.

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One of my favorite Dr. Phil/Robin quotes is “No man has the right to put his hands on a woman in anger. EVER.” This goes for women, too.

If there is physical abuse in a dating relationship, it will only get worse in a marital relationship. Because once you are married to an abuser, he/she gets this insane notion that you “belong” to them and they own you and can do whatever they like to you.

This is non-negotiable. Period.

So now that I have jumped squarely up on this soapbox, I truly hope that this helps someone out there. A good relationship takes a lot of time, a lot of effort on both people, respect, friendship and love. I hope you find that. I hope this article helps….

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Because at the end of the day, what most of us want is someone to share our life with who has the same feelings toward us that we have toward them. That is what truly matters.

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9 Board Games to Ward off Boredom

Our family loves to play pretty much any and all kinds of games. And we are a little bit extremely competitive. To the point of yelling and screaming. Except for hubby, who just shakes his head and says things like “I can’t believe you didn’t pick my card, you don’t really know how this game works.” Then the eye roll. Except for the one time when he actually did raise his voice. At his mom! Yep. Competitive.

We have a few go-to games that always come out when we are all together. Some cause more arguments than others, but all of these are tried and true for our family. If you haven’t played them, maybe this will help you and your family to “unplug” for a little while and have some good old-fashioned non-electronic fun.

I have put them in alphabetical order except for the first one, which is by far one of the most fun games I have ever played. It goes to the top of every list. 🙂

Marbles and Jokers

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Marbles and Jokers from Wizard Wood Works.

Marbles and Jokers is our absolute, number one, go-to game. We LOVE it. And it has been known to run into marathon game nights of 4-5 hours. We purchased ours through Wizard Woodworks. It is a beautiful, colorful, very well made set. They run about $64.00 a set, but I promise it is worth every penny! There is a learning curve to this game, but don’t worry, there is a video tutorial for playing and there are moves/rules cards included with the set. You can play with 2-8 people and you can play teams.

Honestly, over the Christmas holidays our family probably played this game more than 20 times. It is so much fun and can be a little cut-throat. If you are competitive, you will love this game!

Apples to Apples

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Apples to Apples is a game of analogies and comparisons. A topic card is chosen by the “judge” and the other players play cards that describe the original card. This is the game that has hubby shaking his head and the one that once caused him to yell at his mom. Our kids still bring that up every time we play, which is pretty much every time we are all together at their house. This is a great game for middle grades and up. There is also a Junior version for younger players. So if you have a group ranging from ages 12 – 112, this is a surprisingly hilarious choice for around $25.00 ($15.00 for the Junior version).

Cards Against Humanity

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Cards Against Humanity

Where Apples to Apples is great for all ages, Cards Against Humanity is not. This is not a game you want to play with multiple generations. It probably isn’t a game you really want to admit you play. But I can tell you that once you get over the “I can’t believe I just played that card” feeling, you get into it and your little dark side comes out. I also have to say that there are some cards that we felt were over the top and we tore them up. We can be a little dark, but we are not blasphemous, so those cards went into the trash. That being said, hubby shakes his head at this one, too. A whole bunch! At around $25.00 it is absolutely worth the money, but if you play it for 8 nights straight, you begin to know the cards by heart and may need to buy some expansion packs.

Crooked Rummy

 

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Also known as Shanghai Rummy, Crooked Rummy is a good bit like Phase 10, only you play this with regular decks of cards. We were introduced to this game by the friends that I talked about in this post and when we get together we still play this (along with Marbles and Jokers). There are 10 phases that you have to complete. You can play two ways: One where you do not move ahead until you phase or one where you move ahead each round. Either way, it takes a good while to play the game. There was one night that 10 of us were playing and the last hand took 4 hours to finish. And then it was only because someone may or may not have cheated. Let’s just say that J is no longer allowed to play this game with K! 🙂

LCR 

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LCR (Left Center Right) comes with 3 dice and a few plastic chips. If you are under 10, play with the chips, but if you are older, play with money. It is so much more fun with money! Everyone starts with 3 one dollar bills (or higher denominations if you are the recent lottery winner). The more people you have playing, the more fun it is. You roll the dice. If you get a C, you give a chip or dollar to the pot. If you get an L, you give one to the person to your left and so on. If you are out of money, you are not out of the game. No one is out until the final roll and the one with the last chip or dollar left wins the pot. Lots of loud fun for about $10.00.

Mancala

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Mancala is a board with holes in it in which rocks or stones are placed. The object is for one person to move his/her stones around the board and knock out the other player’s stones. There is some logic involved. To be honest, my favorite way to play is on my phone. My daughter and I play it often while waiting in restaurants for our food to arrive. The board version of the game can be purchased from a number of places for a variety of prices. Amazon has a wooden set for around $10.00. It can also be played using an egg carton and jelly beans as seen here.

Quelf

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OK. Just to warn you, Quelf is a game for people who have no self-esteem issues. You may have to walk around clucking like a chicken. You may have to yell out some random phrase every time someone talks. You may have to rearrange all the furniture. All in the name of the game. It is loud, strange and hilarious fun for 3-6 players ages 12 and up. The cost is around $30.00, but if you have a large group who likes to have fun, it is well worth the money.

Rummikub

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Our family has played Rummikub for a really long time. This is a pretty inexpensive game (around $20.00) and can be played by young and old alike. It is like playing Rummy except instead of cards you have plastic rectangles that look somewhat like dominoes. If you like to play Rummy, definitely check out this game, you will like it. And instead of holding cards, the tiles sit on shelves like in Scrabble.

Yahtzee

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An old favorite that has withstood the test of time. It has even gone digital and you can play it online. But playing the live version of Yahtzee with friends and family and hearing the dice hit the table and yelling Yahtzee is much more fun! And for less than $12.00, it is not only fun, but inexpensive. Play can be a little slow at times, but you have a pencil or a pen and a piece of paper that you can doodle on. What more could you ask? Besides, this games allows time for some really good conversations!

So if you like games and have folks to play with, try some of these. I really hope you like them. If you have tried them, which one is your favorite? If you have others that you think we may enjoy, please leave a message and let me know. You can never have enough go-to games!

412 miles between my sick child and me

Hubby and I are at home. Baby girl, P, is at college. There is ice all over the roads here. She has 3 inches of snow. And a kidney stone.

It is 10:01 p.m.

Helpless. We feel helpless.

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I know she is where she is supposed to be. I know God has a plan for her life and I know she is following that path. That is why she is 412 miles away from us. I have written before (Laundry for two…part two) about knowing she is where she should be. But that doesn’t make this situation any easier!

Our family is plagued with kidney stones. Hubby and I have them, his brother, both of our fathers, and our oldest, J, has them. Our middle one, G, hasn’t, and I hope he never does, but the odds are not in his favor at this point.

So the idea that P is in an emergency room getting fluids and meds and we are sitting at home waiting for her friends to text us with updates is excruciating. Not as excruciating as her pain is, I am sure, but it is bad. I am so very thankful for her amazing friends J and K who trudged out of the warmth of their apartment to take her to the ER. Words cannot begin to tell them how much I appreciate them!

But for now, we wait.

It is now 1 a.m. The diagnosis is in. It is, in fact, a kidney stone. They have given her fluids, IV meds, and sent her back to school, prescription in hand.

The text messages that follow:

Me: Do you want us to come up there? We will. Just say the word.
P: No, really I’m fine. I have an army of people to take care of me and it should pass in 24 hours plus the roads aren’t great for y’all.
Hubby: I will find a way to get there if I need to come. Love you.

She’s a trooper. Handling it well. Her dad and I, however, not so much.

There was a call 2 years ago from G about an accident with an axe and his leg (long story, maybe another post), but he was only 45 minutes away. That was an incredibly long, hard 45-minute drive. Sitting here praying that she is OK is even harder.

I have faith. I know in my heart and in my head that God will provide. I have seen it numerous times before. But that doesn’t make it easier to be 412 miles away when she’s sick and when I need her to need me.

Because no matter how old they are, they are still my babies. And when they are sick I need to comfort them, I need to hold them, and I need them to know how much I love them. Basically, I need them to know I love them so much more than they could ever imagine. And even if I can’t take away their pain with my hugs, I have an insatiable need to try.

Beautiful

Having been inspired by the blog post How Google sucked me in this week by Dan Pearce, (Single Dad Laughing) I thought I would do a word search on Google and see what I got. I decided on the word “Beautiful.” Many of the images that came up were more than beautiful, some were down-right amazing. So I thought I’d share what I found.

For the last image…this is the most beautiful. This is from a series of photos by a student who took a picture of random people and then told them they were beautiful and took another picture. Such a simple gesture and the responses are so dramatic.

What if we all made simple gestures like that to others all day? How much better would our world be?

Blogs that have enamored me…

Here are a few of the blogs that I read regularly and that I really enjoy. These are my go-to sites when I want a little inspiration, something to read, want a laugh, or want to just dream a little about projects that I may or may not complete.

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The Handmade Home

The first time I went to this site was because of The Dollhouse Diaries. I have loved dollhouses since my Uncle Joe made me one when I was a little girl. A couple of years ago I was trolling Pinterest and found tutorials on dollhouses and my love affair with them resumed. So this post certainly piqued my interest. Not only does this site have tons of DIY projects, (not just dollhouses) they also have a shop so that you don’t have to be quite so handy. There are also gift ideas, some of those being DIY ideas like this Giant Instagram Frame.  And that egg painting shown above, left, is awesome!

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I Heart Organizing 

You may not always be able to tell it from my home, but I love to organize things. I love baskets and bins and everything having its own little space. If you feel the same way, even though you may struggle at keeping things that way like me, Jen’s site is one you should check out! Her home tour can be found here.  Not only do I love her organization, but her style and colors are my favorites! Navy blue, gray, greens…love, love, love! She has projects for every room in your house by category and topics from your nightstand to pantry to organizing on a budget. If you are into organizing, this is the place to start!

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Infarrantly Creative 

I only recently found this site, but I find myself going back to it over and over. From Roadkill Rescue (found and repurposed items) to Pennywise  Presents (inexpensive ideas) and lots of DIY tutorials, if you like crafty, out of the ordinary, off the beaten path projects, decorating and ideas, this is a great website. And teacher that I am, I did check, infarrantly is a word Beckie made up to suit her blog using her name. And boy does it work for me! I have to say that the yardstick wall is my absolute favorite on the site!

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The Literate Housewife

Pretty much if you can name a book, Jennifer has read it and reviewed it on her site. I am amazed at how many reviews she has here! There are over 400 and climbing. In her “about” page she states: “The next best thing to a good book is sharing and discussing it with others.” and that pretty much sums up exactly what I feel about reading. Books are wonderful, and they are made even more enchanting by talking about them and sharing them with others! And her reviews are not short and sweet. They are thoughtful, well written and just plain good. Check out this one for Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys, which is a book I also really like!

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LK Herndon (Ladybug & Lulu)

Full disclosure. This is the blog of a great friend of mine. It is wonderful, just like she is! It is full of funny yet inspiring posts about her life and her family. She has written quite a few articles for Moms Magazine and they are always insightful, witty, and hard-hitting, just being honest articles, just like her! Tell it like it is, no holds barred. Titles such as
YO! Mom at the playground – Watch your damn kid! and Someone has to bring the juice boxes.
I love it. And I love her! I hope you will, also.

And a shameless plug! She has written a 3 book series about a whale named Petunia who is bullied a bit and learns to take back her life. Inspired by a situation one of her daughter’s experienced, these are worth reading and sharing!

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The New Oregon Trail

I have to go with full disclosure here. While I am extremely intrigued with the idea of converting a bus and taking off for a summer, the reason I am most intrigued with this site is that the bus they refurbished and redesigned is from my Alma mater. Yep. I went from 1st -12th grades at Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus, GA. So this website is a little bit of nostalgia for me.

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Nerdy Book Club

Where do I begin? Ahhh…how about with Donalyn Miller: Teacher, author, reader, along with Katherine Sokolowski, Cindy Minnich, and Colby Sharp, who are amazing at stirring up interest in reading, have created this blog for books and nerds like me who love them and love to read anything and everything. The premise here is that there are many people who contribute, but those 4 maintain the blog and keep everything in order. A really good site to find things to read for yourself and for any readers you may know.

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Planted By The River

This blog is extremely near and dear to me. It is written by my daughter, a college student with a heart for Jesus and a life for missions. I once had someone ask “Wow, did you know you were raising a missionary?” No. I raised a daughter. God raised a missionary. With words of wisdom far beyond her age, her posts inspire me in ways she probably doesn’t realize. I hope they inspire you, as well. I love you, P!

Blogs that have enamored me. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

Single Dad Laughing.

Dan Pearce is hilarious. And sometimes serious. But even the “serious” stuff is funny. This blog has every topic from ear hair, to parenting advice to how he screwed up in his marriage and of course funny kid stories. The first one I ever read I really enjoyed and learned a good bit from was 16 Reasons Ways I Blew My Marriage. You Just Broke Your Child, Congratulations is by far my favorite and one I think every parent in the world should read. And one more…50 more random things I did not know I did not know. 

Blogs that have enamored me. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

Teen Librarian Toolbox 

Anything and everything for librarians/media specialists serving teens. Book reviews, information on maker spaces, space planning and relating. Even if you aren’t a librarian, if you want to connect to a teen through reading, check out this site put together by School Library Journal!

Blogs that have enamored me. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

Unskinny Boppy 

How to photograph your Christmas tree was the post that I found on Pinterest that drew me to this site. What keeps me coming back to Beth’s blog are the really good photography posts such as What’s in my camera bag, as well as tons of posts for decorating in a classy farmhouse way. Beautiful! To get a full idea of her style, check out her entire home!

Blogs that have enamored me. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

View Along The Way 

Decorating and projects for all of us who love DIY. Kelly’s home “tour” has tons of images with links to all the projects that were done throughout the process of decorating her home. She also has great tips like How to search Craigslist and decorating on a budget. One of the greatest pieces of advice ever comes from “Decorating 101…Or: Put down that paintbrush!” Not to mention the built-in bookshelf wall and the lighting for those shelves.  And one that I am so ready to try…painting linoleum flooring.

Blogs that have enamored me. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

When Crazy Meets Exhaustion

Stephanie’s post “The worst mother I’ve ever seen” went viral, no doubt because every mother in the world can see herself in that post at some time or another. Then she shocked the world with another post titled “Why I put my husband (and sometimes myself) before my kids.” Yep. Viral. I love it! It reminds me of what I researched and wrote about helicopter parenting.  With posts from Family Stuff to Funny Stuff to Fixing Stuff, there is plenty of information here to keep you informed and highly amused for quite a while! Oh, and she’s a teacher, so there’s stuff for me on that end, as well. Love it!

I hope you find these interesting. I hope you find something you like. I hope that you are enjoying Propensity to Discuss. I certainly am enjoying writing it!