Summer Reading list 2016

These are the books on my list for reading this summer. Come check them out and see if you can find some inspiration.

I’ve always loved reading. In fact, my parents had to force me to go outside as a child Summer Reading List 2016because I’d rather be lost in a book than wonder aimlessly around our back yard during the summer. As a mom of 6 children this was harder than ever before.

I used to be a one book at a time kinda gal, but my friend Lori introduced me to the idea of reading more than one book at a time. She had a point that I would get bored and put it…

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Freedom to Serve

Give your children the freedom to serve their family.

Love God by serving othersIn the past 2 weeks I’ve seemed to have hurt my left hand twice. Before we left, I had hurt my pinky finger. I found out when I tried to push myself up off the floor. It made sitting on the floor to pack fun.

Friday night as we were packing up to leave from our vacation, I couldn’t bend my thumb. It was bruised and swollen. I have no idea how I did this either.

I’m right handed, so this really shouldn’t bother me, but you never know how…

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Humiliation Brings Change

Sometimes it takes humiliation to bring needed change.

Losing weight is HARD! No one wants to stop eating the foods they love, and for me that is sugar. It is addicting, painfully so. It is my go to when I’m tired, depressed and just every day food choice. It is a very bad and unhealthy choice, one that I KNOW I shouldn’t eat, but it is my emotional crutch.

I guess I've just laughed too much. Something has to change, because I'm not going to stop laughing. Life is too full of fun to do that.Humiliation at its best

Wednesday while…

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5 Road trip vacation planning musts

5 Things to save your sanity on your next road trip vacation.

As a mom, we spend three times as much time planning for the road trip as we do being on the trip. We know the planning is important, because once you know what you are doing on your trip, it is much easier to plan for the trip.

I’m always looking for ways to make this easier. I have a standard packing list from years ago when we lived in Pennsylvania and traveled home to Indiana. It has changed very little over the years, except to expanded due to more children and different needs for each…

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Thanksgiving Brings Peace

How giving thanks for the gift I have instead of stressing about the problems, brings peace for any situation.

For the next 7 days we are on vacation. Now that we are here I have two big concerns. The first is that we have fun the second is that we stay under budget. There is plenty of money for the trip as we have planned well, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need to watch every penny so nothing goes to waste.

I don’t want money to get in the way of us enjoying ourselves, but if we don’t manage it right it could. This isn’t just not spending money to do something fun, but if we over spend…

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Hope for the Mama of an Autistic Child

Sometimes the only thing a Mama of an autistic child has to cling to is Hope. This is exactly that a light in the darkness

Being a mom on a regular day with a normal child is hard, but when you add a special needs child, things go from hard to heavy, depressing, and desperate.

It makes you not want to get out of bed, because you know it will be another day like the one you just had.  Never knowing when the next melt down is going to happen, you hide at home in fear of judgments of the people around you.

Hope for the Mama of an Autistic Child

Grandma’s Advice

Grandma was always good at comforting me when I…

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Update on, well, Everything

Time to work!

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted here.

My laptop’s hard drive died and that took a couple of weeks to figure out what was wrong, save my information, buy the parts and fix it. It was an interesting adventure, to say the least. So thankful my husband is tech savvy and we can do these things relatively cheaply. Saturdays Check-in

I’ve been wanting to share my 100 Days to a New Me update. While I’ve not really lost anymore weight, I have been losing inches. I’m down a…

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5 Lifestyle Bloggers Worth Following

Monthly Top 5

Before I was a blogger I was a blog follower. I was a researcher, a seeker of knowledge, tricks, ideas, inspiration and tips. I knew that the key to making my life easier was in knowledge. I knew that there was no reason for me to reinvent the wheel, but to seek this wisdom from others who were willing to share it. The internet is a great place to find that, so that’s exactly what I did.Top 5 Lifestyle Blogs You Won't Regret Following

Each one of these blogs has in some…

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Finding inspiration to help us make it through the week.

Some days are harder than others, and then sometimes turn into weeks. There are days you can’t take a step without falling flat on your face, again. You just want to stay down because the getting up is just as hard as the falling. You just “wanna get while the getting’s good,” as my Grandma Bessie used to say. The only problem is that you can’t. You have a husband, children, a home, ailing parents, you have a life.Finding inspiration to help us make it through the week.

Recently, a sweet friend,…

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Saturday Check in

Saturdays Check-in

Time to check in and let you know how I did this week. When you dream big and set really big goals, you don’t always make it, but you can get further than you imagine just by trying. I set a LOT of really big goals for myself on Monday. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I tried and made some really great strides. I did somethings consistently that I’ve never done before and I feel it. I’m taking this a week at a time. Seeing what works and what does. Making changes as I…

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