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Minimalizing kids’ toys (a different kind of spring cleaning)

We’ve been living out of backpacks for more than six months now, which means even though I often write about spring cleaning and decluttering this time of year, it’s a bit hard to write about the obvious nuts and bolts of home life from a personal perspective. And I prefer to write from a personal (read more…)

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Can we have simple birthdays?

Remember that giant birthday party in the opening scene of Mrs. Doubtfire? Sally Field comes home with a simple birthday cake for her son, only to discover complete pandemonium. Petting zoo animals roaming everywhere and eating everything. Dozens of kids jumping on every piece of furniture to the pulsing beat of loud music. Balloons. Ribbons. Abandoned (read more…)

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Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year. As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper (read more…)

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Sometimes it really is as simple as cake

My chocolate cake wins awards. I don’t mean to brag, that’s just the honest truth. Well, it has won one award, so I like to call it “My Award-Winning Chocolate Cake.” A number of years ago, we were members of a small town Oklahoma Baptist church, and our Sunday School class decided it would be (read more…)

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Inviting our children to live with intention in 2015

While we are wrapping gifts and making plans to gather with family and friends, the final days of 2014 are flying off the calendar. I have to admit I am such a sucker for a Year In Review. I love all the lists and the look-backs, the nostalgic recounting of the highs and the lows (read more…)

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