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Month: May 2017

Floridian Paradise 

Floridian Paradise 

Dine on a boat in Key West. Take a stroll around St. Augustine’s Castillo San Marcos. Feed alligators amid the cypress trees of the Everglades. All of these experiences are possible when you enter the 4.5 acre glass atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The meandering waterways and prolific gardens highlight three of the most enjoyable areas of the diverse state of Florida. Our family usually travels to this amazing resort for the annual…

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The Last Option? 

The Last Option? 

I could not stop fuming. Anger towards her kept me up at night. Incessantly, her insults veiled as complements ran through my head. This one person drove me absolutely crazy and I did not know what to do about it, until a Bible study revealed the answer. I’m not sure if the answer came in scripture, through the Bible study book or another person. I only know that the answer was one word: pray.  Flabbergasted, I fumed: pray for her?!?…

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A Woman’s Role 

A Woman’s Role 

One of my first jobs out of college was as a teacher at a preschool. Even though I enjoyed the job, I stumbled upon a truth that should have dawned on me sooner. I grew up in a house with three other women, yet I had been fairly oblivious to the fact until I found myself in the middle of a web. The truth: women love to meddle, gossip and can be quite catty. As a young woman, I was…

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Florida Springs 

Florida Springs 

When the temperature in Central Florida climbs and the pool water feels like bath water, my favorite place to cool off is one of the many springs nearby. Bubbling up from Florida’s aquifer, the springs’ temperatures hover around the 70 degree mark. Our favorite springs are: Rock Springs/Kelly Park offers full service concessions, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds. Tent and RV camping are also available. Though our preferred activity is grabbing a tube and relaxing. Tube rentals are available outside of…

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Nathaniel’s Hope 

Nathaniel’s Hope 

Some parents may take the opportunity to nap. Others may go to the grocery store all alone or catch a movie. I’m not sure what my husband and I did when we dropped our kids off at Buddy Break for the first time. However, I do remember the extreme relief we felt as we were finally able to have a few hours away from our children. As any parent of a special needs child can tell you, caring for a…

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Marital Bliss and Essential Oils 

Marital Bliss and Essential Oils 

Everyone knows that opposites attract. Everyone who has been married for any length of time, also knows that opposites annoy. It is amazing to me how you can love someone so much but be so annoyed with them at the same time. Fifteen years ago, I had no idea that I would ever be annoyed by my sweet, caring guy. He had the cutest snore, he said the cutest things, he was cute. Enter two kids twenty months apart, a…

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Renningers 

Renningers 

I make the trip to find something new for our home. My sons are hoping we will buy them some of the homemade donuts or candy. Of course, my husband prefers the antique electric trains. Whatever you have in mind when you go shopping, Renningers Vintage Antique Center and Farmer’s and Flea Market are sure to have at least one in stock. Our kitchen dining chairs came from the antique center and we have found some great deals on books,…

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Happy Mother’s Day 

Happy Mother’s Day 

Sometimes I glance down at my hands and scream. What are my mom’s hands doing at the end of my arms? I hear myself reprimanding my kids and I jump back. How did my mom’s voice become mine? When I look in the mirror, I try to find a resemblance to her. After all, turning into my mom isn’t bad.  She loved playing scrabble with me and always looked forward to snow days when she could spend some extra time…

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It’s Not Fair

It’s Not Fair

It’s not fair!” As a parent, I have heard this cry too many times to count. He got the bigger piece. He got a toy, a treat, a gift I never received. My kids want their lives to be fair. They want each piece of cake the same. How many times have I explained that life isn’t fair. Yet, how many times have I went to the Lord with the same cry, it’s not fair! Her life is better! Her…

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Depression Era History Movies 

Depression Era History Movies 

When our family is dragging and no one wants to do school, it is awesome to be able to pop in a movie and know that they are still learning. Here are our top four for learning about the depression era: 1. It’s a Wonderful Life – The popular story of George Bailey is a favorite of mine. Even though my kids were annoyed that our movie wasn’t in color, they couldn’t help but root for Bailey. This timeless classic not…

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