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Shea P. is the Winner!

Thanks to the great online Random Number Generator, we have a totally unbiased-chosen winner for our drawing: Shea P. is our winner! Many thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. I hope we can do even more drawings in 2012. Oh, and sorry for the delay in posting the winner … I’ve been organizing, organizing, organizing all day. It’s …

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Perfect Words for PRESCHOOLERS (??): Gnat & Ocelot (and the shapes Rhombus & Pentagon)

Ella is doing great with all of her phonic sounds, so we decided to break out a (gifted to her) Wii game, Elmo’s A to Zoo Adventures. I was really curious to see if it could overcome my favorite review on Amazon: “My advice, take the 40 bucks you were considering spending on this game and throw it in the …

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Win Free Peacemaking Resources (Enter by Dec. 31, 2011)

Thanks to my dear friend (and 27-year Navy veteran!), Mary M., and all of our brave men and women who have ever or are now serving in uniform, I decided to do one more WIN FREE STUFF giveaway for 2011. (I also decided to get off of my lazy hiney and send some jam-packed Priority Mail flat-rate boxes to the …

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Gifts from Grandmothers …

Yesterday, I “caught” Sophia with scissors, a glue stick, and a ton of creative (“I love art!”) fun thanks to my mom and stepdad’s lovely American Girl paper and peronalize-it-yourself-photo-albums: Then, this morning, we all enjoyed ELLA’s art with their gift of bathtub crayons: (I particularly enjoy these gifts because my mom is such a fine artist.) Speaking of fine …

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Absolutely THE BEST Contemporary Book on the Doctrine of Sin & Temptation! Russell D. Moore’s “Tempted and Tried”

I. Am. SHOCKED. At how extraordinarily EXCELLENT this book is. Tempted and Tried: The Temptation of Christ (by Russell D. Moore) Granted, I’m not through the entire book yet (but I have jmpted to the end to read that first—does anyone else read the end of books first?), but so far, it is the best contemporary book I have ever …

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Around these parts, we’re treating today as our official Christmas Eve and tomorrow morning as our official Christmas. (Sunday morning will be wonderful—to worship the REAL reason for Christmas—but we’ll be very rushed getting Fred to worship practice and me to the nursery for our church’s childcare.) Samara (& TJ & Scouty & William) made our Christmas even more fun …

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Another Christmas Tradition … “CHECK!” (Elf Yourself!!)

Our new favorite ELF YOURSELF … DISCO! The SINGING one cracked us up too: And. Well. You can’t Elf Yourself (or at least WE can’t Elf Ourselves) without the ol’ standby CLASSIC:

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Titus 2’ing with Cookies Galore …

Thanks to Lynne C. & our beloved Grandma K., our girls (and some special friends too!) got to spend hours today preparing personalized gifts for some of the older people in our church. It was hard work, but so fun too. I’m extremely grateful for their Titus 2 modeling and training and love too: Even more fun? It started snowing …

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What sustains us under pressure?

What a fun start to our day! I got to look up a Bible commentary for Fred on my LibraryThing.com, and then I got to flip through a bunch of hanging file folders filled with “important” (really, just OLD) documents from Fred’s past. (With Fred), I flipped through sermon notes, camp journals, and even a two-page hand-written testimony he gave …

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Holidays and Family Expectations (Who goes where? For how long? Why aren’t you coming to OUR house this Christmas?)

Since I have the great privilege of hearing from large numbers of women on a regular basis, I often get a “feel” for certain areas of suffering that peak at various times throughout the year. When it comes to Christmas? Oh! The pain is often so raw, and the relationships are often so conflicted, that I really do wish there …

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