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A Mindful Mothers' Day

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I wrote this for last year's Mothers' Day. 
And then was shy to post it. 
I'm feeling emboldened this year.

Seeing me with my family today, you have every reason to think, “She has plenty of reason to celebrate this Mothers’ Day. Look at those five children, beautiful in heart and countenance!” (Full disclosure: I’m biased.)
Yes, I am celebrating. I am so very thankful for our five blessings. But did you know I count six? Before any of these who can be seen, there was another. Seen only by his or her Creator before passing on.
Today I am rejoicing and weeping.
But my tears are not only for my sorrow. I weep with others who have grief hidden and stories silenced by societal expectations, fear of judgment, or weariness of reliving the events. Often on this day, they are wounded perennially by overheard sentiments showered upon others, or perhaps made directly to them.
Today I am mindful of an acquaintance who has never been able to conceive. I am mindful of a friend who is able to …

Almosta Farm Pizza Night

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WinCo pizza dough olive oil sea salt red bell pepper zucchini mushrooms roasted garlic sausage

Almosta Farm Pizza Night

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whole wheat pizza crust olive oil marinated artichoke hearts, chopped canned green beans, drained leftover steamed cabbage, chopped freshly browned ground venison added after the above was baked

Review: WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets N-Z by Elizabeth FitzGerald, M.S.

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Background: We currently have students in sections N, U, and W, and a beginner in Steps 6 & 7 of Spell to Write and Read. I am also teaching a group of second and third graders using SWR methods at a homeschool co-op this year.
My Review in a Nutshell: So far this resource is a good thing for us; it is challenging both my students and myself to a greater understanding of the English language. Our students are asking for these worksheets! I believe they like the intrigue of putting their knowledge to work. I soon plan to purchase the A-M volume for reference and review.
Note: I will refer to the curriculum, Spell to Write and Read, as ‘SWR,’ to its Teacher’s Manual as ‘SWR Teacher’s Manual,’ to the WISE Guide for Spelling as ‘WISE Guide,’ and to WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets N-Z as ‘Worksheets.’
The Content: The contents of these Worksheets are well integrated with the scope and sequence of Spell to Write and Read; they are not for stand-alone use. A few times, I even opened

Morning Reflection

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This drop of rain glorifying God reminded me that He created me to glorify Him. As this drop of rain will soon fall to the ground no more to be remembered by its place, soon (though not for scores more years, Lord willing) I will perish from this earthly home and in a few generations will no more be remembered by this place. All the more reason to reflect Him so that His truth will be passed on through the generations. This tent is for a moment. He is forever.

Psalm 103:14-16, 17-18

My Attitude Toward Blogging

If you look at the dates of my posts, you will see that I've had this blog for a few years. Sometimes I post a lot, sometimes not very often. Sometimes I get really excited about an idea and it consumes me until I've written and rewritten and rewritten and rewritten and published it. If you could see behind the scenes, you would see several draft posts as well.

There's a part of me that wants to post on a regular schedule. But blogging is only one of my hobbies besides my full time jobs of wife and mommy and sister. And those jobs have priority. I used to worry a lot about my neglected blog, thinking I'd never have readers if I didn't have regular updates.

But then I read this post by Sarah Mae. (*Disclaimer)

And I came to the conclusion that I won't do the same thing. I don't want to be so popular that I feel like I have to be accountable to a fan base. I won't get so busy with my blog or anything else online or in real life that I neglect my God, hu…