Words Matter

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We started homeschooling this Fall. It may actually be the death of me. One day I decided to have her write out the alphabet with upper and lowercase letters. Three hours, lots of nagging and tears, later, she was finished. THREE HOURS! It has been fun though watching her make connections. That you can put all these letters in different orders to actually create words. Sometimes she randomly calls out letters and asks what word that makes. But she's learning. That's what is … [Read more...]

We Were Made for Community

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The unity of the hands

I knew that when I stepped onto the campus of what would become my college, it was going to be something special. God brought so many amazing people into my life during my four years there {including my husband}. Today I want to introduce you not to someone I went to college with, but his wife. How awesome is that?! I love how God has weaved the stories of our lives together for His glory. Without further ado, dear friends, this is Ashley. Thank you, sweet sister, for sharing your heart with us … [Read more...]

Peek in While You Are Away

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Peek In While You are Away

I remember it like it was yesterday. We got home from a week long vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth, and came home to an toilet that had overflowed. The stench was awful. The hardwood floors were ruined. We went from a vacation high to a low at the turn of a key. That was six years ago, and I remember wishing that we had a smart house service that would have told us what was going on. We still have no idea when it happened. While it wasn't something to come home for, we could have … [Read more...]

When God Says Go, Listen

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When God Says Go

Today my friend sent me some pictures which documented our life together 3 years ago. Our children were babies. They were so little! My oldest was two and one-half and my youngest at the time had just turned one. She had two of her own. In the pictures they were eating breakfast together and playing outside in a little pool. So cute! What the pictures don't tell you: My friend had JUST moved into that house from another state. Overnight, she became Mama to two additional littles to … [Read more...]

Charlotte: FREE Halloween Portraits, Trick or Treating, and Movies on the Green

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Portrait Innovations Halloween

 Every year we search through the dress-up box and find costumes. Every year my husband works late so the only pictures I get are either in our house or in the black of night. This is about as good as it gets in our house. But it doesn't have to be that way! If you live in Charlotte, you are invited to a FREE event on Friday, October 24th! Portrait Innovations is offering parents with children dressed in costume FREE portraits during the Trick ‘r Treat event taking place at the Promenade … [Read more...]

Clean Water for You {Win a Royal Berkey}

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My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don't really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water! This is why … [Read more...]