He(s), She(s), or One of Each?

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The morning we found out we were having twins was one of the best days of my life! I’ve always wanted twins. They run heavily in my family, so I knew it was a definite possibility. But after it took us so long to even get pregnant at all, I had almost given up the hope of having two babies, I just wanted to hear the news that we were having a baby… period. Continue reading

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more….

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You could say that I love Christmas a lot. Probably more than the average person. Ok, I admit it: I’m pretty much obsessed with this holiday. I mean I LOVE it. I have all these little traditions that I wait all year for….white peppermint mochas and homemade Christmas cards and the movie White Christmas. I count down the days until the day after thanksgiving when I can start blasting my Christmas music and eating Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes. It’s magical. (I mean the whole thing, not just the Christmas tree cakes.) But seriously, Christmas is awesome. Who doesn’t love presents and mistletoe and houses decorated in lights?

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The End of the Challenge

 photo endofthechallenge_zps96f02b03.pngWell, people, November is over. I can’t believe it went by so quickly. I’m so glad that Katie & I did the blog challenge. It’s stretched me in ways I didn’t expect, and it helped me see that blogging more frequently wouldn’t be that scary of a thing. It definitely wasn’t as difficult or stressful as I expected it to be.  Continue reading

November Wrap-Up

 photo STORIES_zps6a9b22a0.pngThis month has been quite a learning experience for me. I basically set out to see if I could add one more thing to my already hectic schedule and through better planning of each day, manage to actually get more done. Well, the verdict is in and the answer is a resounding and surprised yes.

More importantly, I’ve found my smile again. In spite of continued and added challenges, I am finding a way to rise above the tasks for the day and fix my gaze on the hope I have in Christ – for today, for tomorrow, and forever.

Below you can see what I have found this month, through experimentation, to be good solutions to getting more done, or at least getting more important things done. Continue reading

DIY Skin Moisturizer

 photo thehelpmatescom_zpsb47570c5.pngSeveral years ago I had this terrible sunburn and a friend recommended I use pure sweet almond oil to help it heal. I was really nervous about putting pure oil on my face because during my teenage years I was trained to always choose oil free products, lest they cause a breakout. I tried it in spite of my fears and I loved the results so much that I’ve never looked back. Today’s post will be a primer in using simple oils to moisturize your skin, many of which are widely and easily available. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I had planned to post a longer post today, but Steve & I have been having too much fun enjoying our day off together. Don’t worry, we haven’t been going too crazy – just watching some Muppet Christmas Carol and putting up our tree, then Thanksgiving dinner and games with some friends at church. (Also, we mailed in our adoption paperwork, so you’ll be hearing more about that process soon!) Continue reading

Keeping Your Castle Clean(ish) FREE PRINTABLE!!

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We’ve already talked about how I’d prefer that the house be clean but that I’m learning sometimes I have other priorities that need to be dealt with first. However, having a clean house is something I’m working towards, because my whole family will benefit from it if I can just carve out enough time to get it done. In the interest of trying to get as much done as I can without losing my mind, I’ve developed a “system” that I’ve been using and I’m going to share it with all of you. Continue reading