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    Support in time of Need

    Monday, my baby boy, 23 months old, had a lump on his hiney the size of a golf ball.  The pediatrician felt it was too deep for her to lance in the office so we were scheduled for the surgeon the next day.  A quick in and out procedure that I knew would bring him much relief. In the mean time he was crabby.  Beyond crabby.  In and out of sleep.  Clingy.  Pained.  It broke my heart. Continue Reading to learn more about my Support in time of Need My dad, hundreds of miles away, knew I needed help that evening so he called a local pizza place and had pizza delivered,…

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    T-Shirt to Beach Bag

    Over the years I have accumulated a few t-shirts.  They are an easy souvenir, a great way to remember a great time.  However, over the past 20 something years I have accumulated a drawer full of shirts I never wear.  I hate the thought of parting with them. I refuse to throw them away.  I know if I gave them away they would /never/ be appreciated like I appreciate them ;). So my interest was piqued when I saw this simple-idea on Pinterest, where by turning t shirts into shopping bags (great for the environment!).  This is not hard and it a great re-use of shirts I never wear. I was really happy with the results and…

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    Tasty Tuesday: Steak Marinade

    There is something extra delicious about a steak fresh off of the grill.  If that steak has been marinated for a couple of hours in a favorite dressing, mouths begin to water with the sounds of the steak sizzling on the grill. Mustard Beef Marinade 1/3 c of Olive Oil1/2 c of soy sauce2 T of lemon juice1 T of Worcestershire Sauce (a small tangent – I love that word!  Every time I say it I have to let it roll off my tongue thinking about a succulent piece of steak melting in my mouth.)1/2 T of mustard powder from your spice rack or 1 T of mustard from your frig1 garlic clove, pressed Mix all ingredients in a…

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    ‘Muffins for Mom’ and the Super-Teacher

    This morning I had the distinct pleasure of joining my 1st grader in his class room for ‘Muffins for Mom’. A Mother’s Day celebration with his classmates. What an honor!  We walked down the hall hand in hand before the school day started. We enjoyed muffins and juice (my juice of choice was coffee), artwork and tic tac toe, smiles and hugs.  A mother could not ask for a better way to start the day! Let me tell you about Mrs G, C’s first grade teacher, a beautiful example of a teacher there to help her students shine.  Before the first grade year started an acquaintance and I were at the park talking. …

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    One More Challenge for Military Personnel! Post Deployment Driving

    They just keep adding up for our military folks – challenges that is! But this one is pretty close to home and the safety of our service members and their families should not be compromised. Insurance industry giant, USAA has released the results of a study of post deployment auto accidents for military members and they have tagged a large increase for some groups following deployments. An educated guess of the results indicates a lot of habits formed while driving in convoys in combat situations (to stay alive) can increase the chances of having an accident at home. So the best convoy and combat drivers may be at risk at…

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    You know you are a military-brat when…

    April is Month of the Military Child and we have some fantastic give-aways lined up from businesses around the nation that support /you/ the military family.  We will have one question for each week.  Leave an answer as a comment on this blog and you are elgible to win. Our question of the week:“You know you are a military-brat when …”Source: Uploaded by user via MilitaryAvenue.com on PinterestLook at the military children around you, your own children, maybe even yourself (even at 38 years old I still am a Military-brat through and through).  What makes them (or you) uniquely part of the military-community? I’ll go first:  I know I am a military…

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    Coupon crazed

    I recently had the pleasure of attending Army Wife Network‘s “Coupon Boot Camp Webinar”, supported in part by the Commissary Shopper. I have to admit while I was sitting through it, two days for a couple hours each day, I began to question what I was being taught compared to what I already knew.  Pretty basic stuff.  But it was an opportunity to educate myself and I took it all in, reaffirming mostly and taking in a few bits and pieces as well.  (As an example, I had no idea you could use a manufacturer coupon and a BJ’s coupon on the same item … two coupons for one item; TOO cool!) But then yesterday…

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    For the Health of It

    I just ran across a video that I had to share with you.  It is about 9 minutes long but it is going to suck you in.  Go ahead watch it.  I’ll be right here waiting: Wow! Half an hour of walking a day has all that health-benefit?!  This isn’t really rocket-science, folks.  In fact, to make it personal I struggled with gestational diabetes while pregnant with my youngest son.  The food didn’t impact my sugar-levels as much as the exercise.  It was all about getting up and burning the sugar. If I didn’t get up and /move/ around every couple of hours (notice I didn’t say lace up my running shoes, put on…

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    What is essential …

    Three very different churches.  Three very different congregations.  Three different families. But one common belief, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – Jesus Christ, John 14:6 Worship today was once again a gift. It spurred thoughts and reminded me (this time) that we (my family, my church-home) are getting it right.  I am blessed to have been raised in a Christian home and am raising my family in that same tradition, the same knowledge that without Christ we are nothing. Three very different churches. Three very different congregations. Three different families. Our church is big.  Hip to hip, four services…

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    Behold the power…

    … of a clean wall. As I mentioned in my post about personal goals for 2012 one of those is to get this house organized!  (Personal Goals)  It actually leaves me giddy with excitement to open up the calendar each day to see what needs to be done as I travel along the journey of 365 days to decluttering and organizing.  Crazy, I know. But today I ‘decluttered the top of my cabinets’ (which my cabinets don’t have a top – they meet at the kitchen ceiling so I cleaned the top of my frig instead.)  It was an easy two-minute job.  Hmmm… I got looking around for something else to help…