Autism & Adoption Fundraising Shirts {buy now! available until Oct 10!}

September 26, 2014

Welcome! So glad you’re here. I’d love to have you join the community on my Facebook page and Instagram. Join in on the convo here by leaving a comment! Thanks for visiting! Pretend I served you chocolate or chai latte. Or both. May we grow in grace and truth together for all areas of our […]

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Celebrating My Mom’s Birthday with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {share your tried and true recipe!}

September 23, 2014

Tommorow is my mom’s birthday.  I’ve shared a letter to her.  I’ve shared how I understand the seemingly tacky roadside memorials.  I’ve shared how much losing my mom affects me. This year, I’d like to have you share something with me. My mom LOVED oatmeal raisin cookies and I’d like to find a tried and true […]

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A Sign of a Critical Spirit and/or Legalist Mindset

September 21, 2014

There are signs that a critical spirit and possibly a legalistic mindset is ruling a heart.  I’d like to talk about one today. I’ve shared different aspects of my journey out of the legalistic camp and today I am hoping to open eyes and change hearts.  Yup, tall order.  I know,  Still, God did it […]

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Do We Suffer Well? {a la James 1:2-4}

September 17, 2014

Suffering is a part of life.  If you don’t believe that, then I steer you directly to the book of James.  Right off the bat, the Lord tells us there that trials are a part of life and trials, by definition involve suffering.  Not necessarily grievous suffering, but some level of suffering. I am grateful […]

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Do You Go to the Fair? And Do You Eat Fair Food?

September 16, 2014

This was our third year to make a quick trip to the New Mexico State Fair.   We had a nice time.  It wasn’t a skillet throwing contest or anything… but we had a sweet time and a trophy came home with us. This year’s trip involved me deciding that we would go on Dollar Day […]

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Homeschooling Curriculum Choices for 2014-2015

September 15, 2014

I am overdue in sharing this.  My apologies.  Every year I  share the curriculum choices we have made for each school year for a few reasons: It helps me remember when I look back later It may spark some research for others It could provide an answer someone is looking for in their own homeschool It […]

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We Need to Talk to the Children in Our Lives About Adoption. A lot. Seriously.

September 10, 2014

This post has been in the draft folder for months, but after last week’s experience, I finished writing it.  I’ve realized that there is a problem in our culture.  I have a sickening feeling it’s common in other cultures too. There is an incredibly strange conflict of thought in regards to unplanned pregnancies.  Girls and […]

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Getting a Negative Pregnancy Test Monthly: Waiting to Wait on My Adoption Journey

September 4, 2014

I have been blessed with the gift of fertility.  Rather fertile fertility.  You may have noticed.  I have not struggled with infertility and I’m grateful. There are times in my life, though, where I have seen negative pregnancy tests or I’ve had a cycle when I wanted neither.  I wanted a baby.   Times when we […]

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Helping Kids Learn Expectations for Room Cleaning {free printables}

September 1, 2014

One of the biggest struggles here at the Brouse House is room cleaning.  I am not naturally neat and, go figure, neither are my kids.  Some of them may be, but they live here, so it remains to be seen.  I am not here to tell you that your kids have to keep their rooms […]

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Back to the Books Celebration {giveaway #4: Jamberry Prize Package}

August 29, 2014

Time for another fantastic giveaway!  The last giveaway for my Back to the Books Celebration is a pampering treat for you, homeschooling mamas.  And… it’s Jamberry!  An entire prize package, even! Yes, Jamberry Nail Wraps is one of the hottest fashion trends right now. Yes, I think homeschooling mamas should be pampered. Yes, I think […]

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