Archive for December 2013

Top 10 list of awesome posts for this blog in 2013

One of the challenges of being a blogger is writing consistently. I’ve produced 70 blog posts since July 2013. So, to simplify your reading pleasure, I’ve created two top 10 lists for you. The first top 10 list is my “most read” list according to Google Analytics. So here goes: #10 – I survived returning... Read more »

Watching the Chicago Bears is self-inflicted pain

Why? Why do I torture myself this way? WHY do I watch the Chicago Bears and inflict so much torment on myself? I am not a sports blogger. I am a “mommy blogger.” I write about being a mom, a wife, a Christian, a volunteer and a working mom. I don’t write about sports. Until... Read more »

Time for the family get-together

I have a fairly large family (not Duggar-sized, but still large by today’s standards), and our family get-together is coming up. My siblings, our spouses and kids, and my parents equates to 29 people. No extra cousins, no aunts and uncles, just the siblings and their families. It’s noisy. The nieces and nephews range in... Read more »
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20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles

20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles
Chocolate cookie truffles are my family’s favorite Christmas treat. I spent the better part of the day shopping for and making them. Some people call them Oreo truffles, but I shop at Aldi, so nothing is brand name. Here are 20 things I learned about making chocolate cookie truffles today: Buy your supplies from Aldi.... Read more »

Appendicitis is nothing to poo-poo

Appendicitis is not fun, and it can be dangerous. In light of recent events with a dear friend, and through my own experiences as both patient and paramedic, I feel compelled to share some important information. Back in October of 2009, I had a bit of an upset stomach and felt bloated in the morning.... Read more »

Snow Falls - a winter poem

Snow Falls - a winter poem
Snow falls…. “Hushhhhh…” says the wind, as the Christmas lights dance and sway to the music of the breeze. First world sounds are muted; distant. Crunch, crunch, crunch under my feet. A bunny dashes – furry lightning hides in a bush; footprints prove he was there. A sleepy neighborhood waits…. waits for glistening, shimmering frozen... Read more »
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2013 Christmas update letter

In a previous post called Are you on my Christmas cards list?, I talked about the update letter I include with all of my Christmas cards. Since there is zero chance of me ever being able to afford to send all of you a Christmas card, this is as good as it gets this year. (Some... Read more »

Are you like George Bailey?

You know George Bailey, right? He’s the main character in a Christmastime movie favorite It’s a Wonderful Life. Most of you know the story line in the movie, but for those that don’t, here is a summary: George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to... Read more »

How to make me cry in 1 easy step

How to make me cry in 1 easy step is simple – show me unexpected kindness and thoughtfulness, and I will be a dripping, tear-stained mess. It’s a beautiful thing. How do I know this? The first recent example took place on my birthday last September. My hubby was out of town for the week,... Read more »
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Are you on my Christmas cards list?

Are you on my Christmas cards list?
It’s that time of year! It’s Christmas cards season. Hooray! Are you on my Christmas cards list? My hubby thinks Christmas cards are a complete waste of money. On some level, I agree with him a teensy bit (but don’t tell him that). I do love to get Christmas cards, so I have to be... Read more »