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Mother, did you know?

I was blessed to spend Christmas Day with some wonderful and rare women, all mothers to me in one way or another. We talk about Mary on Christmas Day because of her special motherhood. I think on Christmas Day, perhaps … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends from Good Friday

It feels like Spring and Sunday is coming! I sat up in the tree fort with my ten-year-old for a good spell today, she thinking about picking out her 4H lamb later today, I drinking coffee and enjoying the breezy, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2012

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2013! The Peace of the Christ-child and the Hope of the world to you. “You are accepted, God has not despised you, but he bears in his body all your … Continue reading

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It’s Lent and I’m Tired

Lent is here. I will wake up at 5 a.m. for the next 40 days and that, my friends, may create some cranky mornings. Continue reading

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, Which shall be to all people.” “For unto you is born this day in the city of David A Saviour, which is Christ … Continue reading

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Stocking Stuffer Giveaway for the Sports Fan!

Hey Sports Fan! Diary of 1 and TeamMASCOT.com would like to give you a FREE stocking stuffer! TeamMASCOT is our family business, and you can read about it here, and then there’s Business 101 From an Eight-Year-Old to prove there’s … Continue reading

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Blogging to Bethlehem: Feeling Nauseous

I want to be hungry all the time as Advent proceeds down this crowded, bustling road to Bethlehem. Hungry to feel His presence, to simply anticipate. For now, I just feel nausea at my dispassion, but it’s a start. Continue reading

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The Wind and Leaves on Veterans Day

The wind, he wasn’t going to miss the parade. Swiftly, anticipating, as one enthusiastically awaits a spectacular homecoming, he gathered himself from the four corners and whirled in with the leaves. I saw him, I heard the whispers. “Honor, valor, … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day

I suppose the only thing that puts the “happy” in Happy Memorial Day is the remembering. The importance of remembering is huge. So huge that if we forget, all really is lost. Remembrance leads to action. It is an act … Continue reading

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Thankful in this place…

…for child-made Valentines, especially the glittery heart one that sparkled today in the sun, each of the thousand squares of tiny glitter unable to outshine the joy of the son in the giving. …for chocolate truffles and coffee, dark as … Continue reading

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Happy New You!

Happy New Year and Happy New You! What a great time for reflection and renewal. I love the beginning of January for this reason–the turning of the year is so symbolic for me of the burying of the old man … Continue reading

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Gingerbread…hut?

Why I thought I could begin baking all the gingerbread pieces I would need for the nine children in our homeschool co-op at ten-o’clock…p.m., not a.m., the eve before hosting a gingerbread house-making party, is because I’m crazy and need … Continue reading

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Keepin’ it Real in 2010

The New Year’s Resolutions are a’comin’, by the thousands, around the globe. Many lofty, admirable, and noteworthy goals will soon be flowing from pens near and far. As for me, I’m keeping it real, attainable, and utterly basic, so as … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Diary of 1

Christmas Eve day. What a day of bustling, cheery, frantic activity for us. We’ve been sweeping the dropped needles, clearing out every dust bunny we can unearth, fine-tuning the best pie crust recipe ever, and generally preparing for this most … Continue reading

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Scene and Herd

Concerns About the Creche J: No, no, the angels are looking at nothing! L: Well, let’s move the shepherd back here, he’s a lesser one anyway. J: The Wise Man can’t be giving his gift to the cow, move him! … Continue reading

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When I’m Five

When I’m five, I can fly a kite, ride a bike, shoot an arrow, frost a cake (and eat it, too), make a wish and blow out the candles. Happy Birthday, Little L!! You can do so many things when … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Resurrection

The Resurrection was a one-time big event, but spring is a great time to focus anew on the Resurrection power of the living Christ at work in me.
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Under the weather beneath a blue sky.

I rang in the New Year with a dreadful sinus infection, the kind that aches and stabs from your temples down into your teeth. I hope it gets better from here. New Year’s Day was slow and steady, doing nothing … Continue reading

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Cole Family Christmas: A Treasured Tale

“Do the flying Hilda!” JJ shrieked in delight to her brother as he hung over the balcony, swinging a little plush goat. With four young children in the house, nothing surprises me anymore, not even a goat madly flapping through … Continue reading

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The Magic Window

The blacktop road swirled in wisps of powdery snow as I drove home this mid-December evening. The biting chill of the arctic wind was numbing, but not piercing enough to cut off the beauty of the glacial billows hovering above … Continue reading

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Christmas Music: Annie Moses Band!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or album? I discovered my latest rave last Christmas, as I heard a completely unique rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” come over the airwaves.See what I mean? I’m talking an amazing … Continue reading

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Before You Go

Before You Go, a Tribute to our aging veterans. For my Grandpa T., who served in WWI, and Uncle Doug who served in the Korean War. Do you have friends or family members who have served in wars to protect … Continue reading

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Independence Day!

JoJo and JJ would like to wish you all a Happy 4th of July! They say “We love America” and hope you do, too. We enjoyed our hometown Independence Day parade this morning, and the girls got their fill of … Continue reading

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America: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This next weekend ushers in the birthday of the United States of America! Here are a few word pictures from this past week from me, in small town America, 232 years and still going. I’ve included the good, the bad, … Continue reading

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A Strawberry Tea Party

How to host a sweet spring tea party with a fresh theme and strawberry filled menu.
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Simple Spring Decorating

How to liven up your living space for spring with inexpensive splashes of color and refreshing scents, all for less than $40.
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Good Friday and Call for Submissions

I trust your Good Friday was good. This year, my little JoJo had her birthday on Good Friday. She enjoyed a happy celebration with many friends. As for me, I just loved all the moms who came and I basked … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Meal from my sis

Mondays are my busiest day of the week, and I had nothing prepared to post for St. Patrick’s Day. My sister Heather has bailed me out. She called earlier and was telling me about the Irish soda bread she was … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: What NOT To Do

There are many fabulous Valentine’s To Do Lists surfacing this time of year, and I have nothing new and exciting to add to those, but instead I’ll give you my Top 10 List of what NOT to do this Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Winter Carnivals

I have a few blog carnivals to update here, but I also discovered several Winter Carnivals around the world that look fabulously winterish and I wish I could attend them all! There’s the oldest running winter carnival in the Eastern … Continue reading

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Winter Fun

My husband and I took our kids and a few of the cousins ice skating on Christmas Eve. We survived with only a few bumps and bruises, remarkable considering that between just the two of us, we managed seven children … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Since I missed wishing you all a Merry Christmas, here’s a Happy New Year wish! My family and I have returned from being out of town for five days, celebrating Christmas with family. I wish for you a new year … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Gingerbread Men

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You Know the Holidays are Here

Oh yes, I must have my Eberhard’s old fashion egg or it just isn’t Christmas! I had my first egg nog latte of the season last week, and we’d already gone through about two gallons of this creamy, spicy holiday … Continue reading

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Veterans History Project

Would you like to participate in the Veterans History Project? The Library of Congress is collecting oral histories of veterans or civilians involved in war efforts. You can help by contributing a story or conducting an interview! With over 1,000 … Continue reading

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Ode to Veterans

November 11, 2007. Thank you, all veterans of all times. I remembered an old poem my mom wrote, and rummaged around this morning and thankfully found it. Her father was a WWI veteran. He spent the last decade of his … Continue reading

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