Building Relationships

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Behaviors that we focus on grow. So take some time today to focus on the good parts of marriage. If you are married, today is a good day for appreciating all that your spouse does for you. Take a marriage moment. Just for this day, focus on all the good and great things your spouse

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In life, we don’t have to do everything on our own. Sometimes we get so busy with projects and things that it seems like we must be alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Other people can add value to our plans, goals, dream, and ideas. Truly, there is strength in numbers. Strength

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Books, Friendship, and Healing

This past weekend was so amazing! For a couple years I’ve been part of a book-loving group on Facebook. We have exchanged books, read together, and shared book lists. Over a year ago, some of us began to discuss the idea of meeting together in real life. The dream was a weekend of reading, socializing,

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Last year was a difficult one for me. My husband was deployed for 9 months, which meant he missed most of the birthdays and holidays. He deployed in early summer, and as we approached the winter I found myself simply going through the motions. I was so tired. Since he was on the other side

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Mother's Retreat

This past weekend was our annual mother’s retreat. This year we had 9 ladies up for the weekend, and we stayed in a small cabin in Karney Lakes, Idaho. The view from the cabin was fabulous, but the weather was a bit chilly and we did have some rain. However, we were good company for

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When I was a young girl, Anne Shirley and Diana Barry created quite a conundrum for me. I longed for the kind of friendship I saw play out in the pages of L. M. Montgomery’s classic stories. The loyalty and long friendship that Diana and Anne displayed was something my girlish heart yearned for. Full

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Once upon a time, early in my marriage, my husband told me that he didn’t think I was very creative. I was appalled that my husband would say such a thing about me. Since that time I have gleefully pointed out when I’ve been creative to my husband. He’s a really good sport about it

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Our Real Life Fiction Adventure

This summer was filled with several short road trips. We packed in as much fun and learning as possible. It was a whirlwind and a blast. One of our favorite trips was a real life fiction adventure! This was also one of our last trips of the summer, so it was the perfect time to

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Family dinners are important, right? They are a time to gather together as a family and check in with each other. The thing is, sometimes the last thing I want to do is sit down and break bread with my children. When the day has been overwhelming I just want a little peace and alone

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Every morning our family recites our family mission statement. We created our mission statement about five years ago. My husband and I spent some time talking about how we wanted our family to progress and develop in the next 20 years and we came up with a vision of what we hoped that looked like