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A Quilt Like My Marriage

I started making a quilt for our king-sized bed two years ago. I made it extra large. My husband and I wrestled over the blankets in our sleep, and one of us usually woke up uncovered and cold. I researched the dimensions, bought the batting and started sewing. I used a quilt top that I had sewn together when we ...

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This is Christmas

Two of my mom friends and their kids came over tonight to decorate Christmas cookies and make crafts. Between the three of us, we have eight kids and a baby. Boys and girls ran up and down the hallway, a toddler crawled on the dining table, and a baby slept in the master bedroom throughout it all. The moms sampled ...

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Oh, Christmas Lights

My mom’s friend is having surgery tomorrow, so I volunteered to host a slumber party. For an evening activity, I loaded up my three kids and her three kids into my SUV. Before each child climbed into the car, they were issued a homemade snack bag consisting of pretzels, Teddy Grahams, chocolate chips, and a mini candy cane, plus their ...

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Cherishing Car Rides to School

I thought my kids would ride the bus to school, just like I did as a kid. I called the school district when my daughter started first grade and learned that the bus ride took a full hour each way to school. We live just 8 miles away, so I thought this seemed a bit excessive. The bus stop was ...

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Stay-At-Home Moms Work Too: These Are The Things I Do

As a stay-at-home-mom and my household’s caretaker, I have a LOT of cleaning and cooking to do each day. Well, sometimes the “cooking” component consists more of spreading peanut butter and jelly on white bread and opening a can of pineapple chunks, but still, I must plan meals for the whole family each day. There is also a lot of ...

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Protect Your Mental Health From Becoming SAD

Winter can be brutal. Short days and long nights in the Northern Hemisphere make for decreased exposure to sunlight. Absorbing fewer rays from the sun has a negative physiological effect on most people, which can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The effects of SAD range from feeling a bit blue to full-blown depression. Untreated depression can lead to missing ...

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The Christian’s Case for Santa Claus

Along with about half of my small town, I took my kids to visit Santa Claus behind city hall today. We knew it was the real Santa Claus because he had a real beard, not an obviously fake white beard like some imposters. We stood in a long line and chatted with other families before we made it up to ...

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The Holidays of my (Childhood) Dreams

My parents divorced when I was 12. After that, my older sister and I alternated celebrating Thanksgiving with each parent. For a couple of years, we celebrated Thanksgiving by going to the movie theater with my mom. Some years, she made a small, ordinary meal and we ate it at her silent house with the thermostat set to 65 degrees ...

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Thank God For This Virus

This summer, I decided that I wasn’t going to let being sick ruin my day. We have three kids under the age of 6, so sniffles and sneezes are a common occurrence in our household. During our third round of viruses this year, I decided to have a good attitude regardless of how I felt physically. My sinuses might be ...

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Cowboy Movie Showcases Conservative Values

Along with many other ranchers, my family and I are featured in the newly released movie Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait. The movie chronicles life on America’s big cattle ranches. Filmmakers John Langmore and Bud Force traveled to historic ranches in eight western states to capture footage of all aspects of ranch work, from branding calves in the spring to feeding ...

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