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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015
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REVIEW: Ogrill 1000 (Portable Grill)
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Why Friendships Are Hard, and Why You Can’t Live Without Them
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Road Tripping with Kids
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Christian Alliance for Orphans Coming to Hendersonville!
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REVIEW: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (Charleston, SC)
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All Things New
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Yard Work, Space Ships and Calming Down
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REVIEW: Nashville’s Adventure Science Center
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Fight Seasonal Allergies the Natural Way

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015

On Sunday mornings I typically spend a bit of time at the computer checking email, writing and sometimes checking for deals online. As I opened my gmail account this morning I was reminded, by every retailer I’ve ever purchased from, that Mother’s Day was coming and I should hurry up and order a robe, skin care or a candle for my deserving momma. This got me thinking about what I wanted for Mother’s Day because I’ll be honest, gifts are part of my love language. I love mother’s day, and my birthday… and my anniversary. You get the picture. I[…]

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REVIEW: Ogrill 1000 (Portable Grill)

The Goodbye kids are counting down the days, Summer vacation is almost here. We have lots of plans that include lakes, fishing, car trips and camping. Camping, while a staple of my younger years, is relatively new to my husband and kids. I’ve spent the last few months gathering the supplies and equipment needed to make camping as a family of 6 an enjoyable experience. (Full list coming soon!) One of my latest pieces of gear is the O Grill. The O Grill is a well-designed portable grill powered by either propane or butane canisters. Here is what I love[…]

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Why Friendships Are Hard, and Why You Can’t Live Without Them

Writing that title made me shiver just a little. I have now admitted to the world that I need and crave friendship. This is awkward territory for me because, after childhood, I avoided most close friendships. I invested what I needed to get through that stage of life, college etc. and pretty much moved on. Even the close friendships I developed during that time were fraught with anxiety, comparison and hurt. I was a military kid growing up and had to let many close friendships go at an early age, I was in and out of different schools until I[…]

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Road Tripping with Kids

We recently made the long drive down to Charleston, SC where most of my family lives. We make this drive a few times each year and many times we leave daddy at home to work while we play. This means one adult to lots of children. I’ve tried many things to get us all there without massive meltdowns or fights in the car. Here are a few things that make our ride go smoothly: Snack Bags: Each child is given a snack bag with their name on it. The snacks are healthier versions of typical junk food snacks. Still fun,[…]

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Christian Alliance for Orphans Coming to Hendersonville!

Tennessee friends, we have a wonderful opportunity coming our way. The Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit is coming to Hendersonville, TN this year! The Summit is being held at Long Hollow Baptist Church, where we attend, and there are many ways to get involved. You can volunteer, attend or become a host family. In fact… PLEASE click that link and volunteer. We need you. And guess what? Volunteering = Free Admission. What will you see and do at CAFO? The Christian Alliance for Orphans’ CAFO2015 Summit inspires and equips Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love. The CAFO Summit has[…]

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REVIEW: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (Charleston, SC)

Keeping with tradition, the Goodbye kids and I hit the road over Spring Break and trekked down to Charleston, SC. How we love the Lowcountry! We had the opportunity to check out a new adventure on this trip, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. The Museum has 9 very hands-on exhibits: The Art Room, Medieval Castle, Garden, Water Room, Pirate Room, The Market, Raceways, Infant/Toddler play space, and an outdoor area and Fire truck. My kids, who range from 3- 7 1/2 years old, chose the Water Room, Raceways and the Medieval Castle room as their favorite activities. Raceways (ramps[…]

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All Things New

I often find myself cringing while reading certain publications and blogs about adoption. There is a common theme of misusing adoption theology as application for the adoption of children. While I understand that this provides a beautiful picture of Salvation for the parent or other witnesses to the adoption, it, while unintended, places a level of shame on a child. Comparing their past experiences and orphan status to sin is a stretch and in my opinion, inappropriate. James 1:27 provides all the conviction and charge that we need to make adoption part of our Christian culture. It is no secret[…]

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Yard Work, Space Ships and Calming Down

We recently put our home on the market. And I have OCD tendencies. I also bite my nails. I always assumed this was some form of anxiety or a form of weakness until recently, when my husband shared this study with me. Apparently it’s a habit linked with perfectionism. And boredom. My life is finally starting to make sense. House selling, combined with these character traits can make for quite the disastrous situation. However, pat on the back, I’ve been pretty even keeled thus far. Yesterday I decided the lawn needed some extra attention, so once the big kids were[…]

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REVIEW: Nashville’s Adventure Science Center

During the snowpocalypse charade that happened this month we found ourselves with days upon days off school. Once the roads were clear and school remained closed the goodbye kids and I really started to lose our minds. To avoid total meltdown we loaded up in the van and headed to Nashville’s Adventure Science Center. I haven’t taken the kids in years and I was excited to see many new attractions and experiences. Our daughter Lola is legally blind and isn’t always able to fully participate in museum or center settings. We did not find that to be the case with[…]

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Fight Seasonal Allergies the Natural Way

Seasonal allergies have been a yearly struggle for us since moving to the Nashville area 6 years ago. Apparently Nashville is a bowl surrounded by mountainous terrain that collects and then keeps allergens. Not helpful. After taking over the counter and even prescription allergy meds for a couple of years we felt that the side affects were not worth the little relief they were providing. Allergy medicines caused the adults in the family to take a dip in energy (fall asleep at our desks) and the littles had symptoms ranging from hyperactivity and emotional outbursts to falling asleep in the[…]

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