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Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2009’

Eleanor Marie

Ella was awake and happy after church, so I snapped a couple of photos: (Don’t you just love those fake Mary Jane socks they’re making now? They didn’t have those when Sophia was born—so I’m very grateful to our dear friend, Miss Dianne, for the sweet gift because MAN! I think they’re cute.) ‘Course, reality is never as clean-cut as …

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Bluegrass Playtime

(So now you can see how the Barthel girls pass the time waiting for Papa Fred to get home from work on a Friday night.)

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Newborns Cannot Play Catch, Dear Lilikoi

Lilikoi just couldn’t understand why Ella didn’t throw her ball (see it there—the red ball gently placed in the corner of Ella’s swing?) and play catch! 🙂

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Repented Faster and Kept Believing

I tried SO hard to have a happy home for Fred to wake up to this morning. Ella and I had been up since a little before 5AM (with her feeding and napping off and on). I was trying to use the time wisely (making lunches, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry) and ended up in the schoolroom tending to our …

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Praise Factory

Have you heard about this ministry? The Praise Factory It’s late, so I’m not going to poke around too much more tonight. But I’m definitely going to bookmark this site and return!

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Best Part of First Grade

Sophia made my day yesterday when this was her reply to our question over dinner, “What did you like most about your first day of First Grade?” “Getting to be with you, Mom.” Mmmmmmmmm … I may have spent the morning on the edge of tears. (Thank God for friends who were so gracious to me and reminded me that …

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Baseball and Cake Wrecks

If you like baseball (or happen to be married to someone who does) and you like Cake Wrecks, you’re going to enjoy today’s post: Forget the Ballgame! Just Take Me Out (Oh, and don’t forget to click through to the “Related Wreckage” at the bottom of the post. It’s a classic.)

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Sometimes it Almost Feels Irresponsible to Trust God

I am SO grateful that Fred made a way for me to be at church today. Initially, I thought I would have to miss—again, which is very unlike me—because I simply can’t sit with my leg down for more than a few minutes without a LOT of pain. I do great walking around and I’m fine if it’s elevated while …

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Wendy is our Winner!

Thanks, everyone! We’re over 100 followers on Facebook now, so that is just great. I’m thrilled! And congratulations to Wendy (who posted her comment on Aug 15) … you are our winner! Please, Wendy, by next Sunday Aug 30: 1. Let me know which video series you would like (either my video series (“Living the Gospel in Relationships”) OR The …

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We only need NINE MORE people to sign up! (So I’m adding the Peacemaker Small Group Study as an option in our FREE GIVEAWAY!)

Seriously. When have you had a 1 in 15 chance of winning something worth either $99 or $59? Now you do! (Because only 15 people have signed up for our current WIN FREE STUFF GIVEAWAY.) To sweeten the pot a bit and tempt the last NINE PEOPLE I need to follow this blog (“Considerable Grace”) on Facebook (in order to …

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