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  • To me, there’s pretty much NOTHING better than garden fresh tomatoes (from my daughter’s teacher!), paired with basil (from my favorite ice cream place!), sprinkled with garlic (we grew!) and salt, pepper, olive oil and mozzarella (can’t take credit for any of those). If you don’t have an abundance of your own garden tomatoes, please don’t hesitate to hit up your neighbor’s garden (ask first!) or a local farmer’s market. It’s been a great year for tomatoes and roasting them like this is super easy and incredibly delicious.
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  • Preparing to Pack a Nut-Free Lunch
    “We are a nut free school.” The words hit me like a ton of bricks. Dramatic reaction? Yes. But like many kids, my son’s favorite meal item is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not only am I going to have to transition from daycare providing his lunch to packing it for him five days a week, but I am also going to have to get creative? Pre-K hasn’t even started yet and I am already seeing myself flailing. I thought my son was the only one who would be transitioning. Turns out, there will be two of us on this ride.
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  1. What Brings You Down?

    AllMomDoes_Stephanie said "Michelle, thank you for the comment! I'm amazed by women like you who can have the patience to home school. That's so in..." Read More
  • My daughter, Annie, recently started 1st grade and it is has not gone the way she planned. The day before school started, she spent nearly an hour applying her fake Lisa Frank press-on nails, getting her hair fixed and picking out the perfect outfit in order to go to the school and find out what teacher she was assigned to and which friends from Kindergarten would be in her new class. Of course she knew which teacher and friends she would get, because she spent all summer praying for them and asking her grandparents to join in the effort. Since her grandparents are all pastors and expert prayer warriors, there was no doubt in her mind about the outcome.
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  • My mom’s name was Dorothy. And, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, she faced many challenges in her life. But, somehow she also managed to have grand adventures and befriend some pretty wacky people along the way. She even had a small dog that she took with her everywhere.
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  • Stop me if this sounds familiar. The alarm goes off. You roll over and your first thought is, “It cannot possibly be morning already.” So you hit snooze, because you know yourself and you’ve set your wake-up time for a little earlier than necessary to build in a bit of extra sleep time...then the alarm goes off a third time, and you finally get up. Next it’s rushing, rushing, rushing, and late, late, late.
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  • Today, as I flopped around pajamas, far too late into the day, I finally became alright with saying goodbye to summer and welcoming in fall. I’m all for a break and a much more relaxed schedule, but life can’t go on like this forever. It’s time to start eating dinner at a decent time again, cutting back on screen time and reinforcing the good old routines, that help us thrive. I’m sad to see the long days slowly dwindle away, but let’s face it...my kids need an early bedtime again. Summer is the best, but I’m ready to throw on my scarf and warmly welcome fall.
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  • It’s a new school year and things will be a bit different for us. You see, our 17 year old daughter has decided not to go forward with playing Basketball. “Who cares!” you may say. But I had big dreams… When we have kids, we dream BIG don’t we?
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  • In case you missed it, the oldest child of the famous Duggar family is in the news again, this time for confessed infidelity (among other things), and people are trying to figure out why. What specific mistakes did his parents make that resulted in such…failure? We live in a time where we feel like we have complete control. We live with the sense that we’re completely socially evolved, have access enough peer-reviewed information to make research-backed parenting decisions, and are bombarded with all the information, theories, and advice we can handle via the internet. But these things only give us the illusion of control.
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