We have moved to five different houses and three different cities in the last eight years. I am no moving expert–and the irony is–I’m probably one of the least organized people you’ll ever meet, but having four kids and accomplishing this task without a husband’s involvement (he works crazy hours and is excused from the […]
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Someone asked me recently if I had always wanted a big family. I quickly answered, “Yes!” I wasn’t raised in a large family, but growing up, I baby-sat for several families with four or more kids. All the neighborhood kids would come over to play and it was utter chaos. I can remember setting out […]
Most people tolerate gluten, a group of proteins that acts like a glue holding together foods like wheat, rye, and many processed foods. Other people–like my children and I–experience a myriad of issues when exposed to gluten. About 10 years ago, my asthma and allergies led me to testing confirming a wheat allergy. Two of […]
I knew when I married my husband that his job as a bridge builder required a lot of him. But knowing it and living it are two different things. I would never call myself a single mom. The ways my husband supports our family financially and emotionally are invaluable. When he is home with us […]
My grandma was a hoarder of the best kind. She printed and saved every photograph she ever took, her dressers were covered with seashells she gathered, and she had a hallway closet dedicated to pasta she bought at the dollar store.
Since my own heart bends toward MORE, MORE, MORE I decided to ask around and glean some ideas from others and share my own on how to have a less materialistic Christmas.
Two years ago our family moved 25 miles north of Omaha, to Missouri Valley, for my husband Mike’s job. He commutes between Council Bluffs, Omaha, and Sioux City doing bridge and heavy highway construction (sorry about those road delays around I-80!). We love being part of the greater Omaha area and the ways both big […]