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He’s Just a Boy Who Stands All Alone. . .

In Parenting by Jen4 Comments

Two of my children played baseball this last season. My husband coached Rebekah in her first year in tee-ball and helped out on my son Caleb’s baseball team when his coaching schedule allowed. Aren’t they cute? As a family, we have spent many nights out at the ball field over the last several months. In my time there I have …

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Dealing With Discouragement

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen51 Comments

Yesterday we went to our community pool/ splash pad. The baby and I were sitting in the sun getting warm and watching her brother and sisters splash in the pool. Anneliese had been chewing on a pair of goggles and decided to throw them at a woman sitting next to me. I grabbed them as they landed on her legs …

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7 Tips For Raising A Son

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen29 Comments

As a mother to three girls and 1 boy, I quite often get the comment that there has to be a lot of girl power running rampant in my house. I am not a fan of the word girl power, but it’s not for the reasons you think. I far prefer the concept of equal power. I am working hard …

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Dealing With Milestones

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen19 Comments

This week we are heading into some BIG milestones for our family, a kindergarten graduation and a graduation from elementary school. First let’s talk about my kindergartener, Rebekah. I cannot believe that an entire school year has passed, It seems like just yesterday that I dropped her off for her first day of school. Now she will be graduating kindergarten. …

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Sometimes Being A Mother Stinks

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen22 Comments

Yes, yes you did just read that right. Wait, isn’t this the week that we celebrate all things wonderful about motherhood and are supposed to walk away with warm and cuddly feelings? Those who are truthful about motherhood will know what I mean about having times when it really stinks. If you aren’t there yet, just wait, it’s coming. Like …

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Future Farmers Of America and Easter

In Parenting by Jen8 Comments

What might the FFA and Easter have in common? Well, this is the weekend where I change out my glittery sandals for work boots and gloves in order to help rope in our crazy little bunny Lance A-Lop for the County Fair. The biggest event of the year for 4H and the FFA. This year the County Fair just happens …

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The 10 Greatest Mullets of the 80’s and 90’s

In Man-day, Parenting by Jen18 Comments

Let’s be honest, there was a lot of hairspray sold in the 80’s and early 90’s.  The volume was such that there is probably little doubt that serious damage was being done to the environment.  Right now, however, we are going to highlight the mullet (A.K.A the Kentucky Waterfall, the Mississippi Mudflap, or the Canadian Passport.)  We will list out …

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Some Ways To Fool Your Kids On April Fool’s Day

In Parenting by Jen14 Comments

This week we celebrate the time honored tradition of freaking people out as part of a National Holiday.  I have amassed some of the best the internet has to offer in the hopes of helping you craft your own April Fool’s Day plans. Here is what I have planned for my family:   And another brilliantly simple prank: Have fun …

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Common Core? Let’s Start With Common Sense!

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This is nine-year-old Kamryn Renfro:             When her best friend, elven-year-old Delaney Clements had a relapse of Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer requiring chemotherapy, Kamryn shaved her head as a sign of solidarity with Delaney.         Here is the snuffle-inducing quote from Delaney: “I was really excited I would have …

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A Guide To Creating Magic

In Cooking & Crafting, Parenting by Jen21 Comments

Today I created magic, not the sort that would help me fly to far away lands or the kind of magic that can vanquish the villain.Today I created magic, not the sort that would help me fly to far away lands or the kind of magic that can vanquish the villain. This kind of magic occurs only when you use …