A Yard, a Neighbor and Life Lessons

A Yard To Play In

“Can we play outside?” My kids would spend all their hours outside if they could. We finally have a space for our kids to play safely. They have space to run, climb, jump and explore. We have a yard to play in and neighbors to play with, which presented a new aspect of parenting for me this week.

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30 Minutes to a Clean Home: How to Get Your Home Summer Party Ready!

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Summer is a notoriously busy time of year. Between all the activities, home projects and summer gatherings, there isn’t much time when moving from one thing to the next. Our to-do list of projects for our house is still miles long. We’re filling in every spare moment with tasks indoors and out. The other day, I had 30 minutes to clean our home before guests arrived. How do you clean your home for a summer party in 30 minutes? It is possible! Here are my summer cleaning hacks:

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The Cloud That Hovers

The Cloud That Hovers

An onlooker would view this as a great weekend for me. I was given time to relax and a night with uninterrupted sleep. We enjoyed family time outdoors the next day. C and Jo rode their bikes in circles around the driveway. They giggled in delight as Hubster helped them dunk a basketball through the hoop.

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Express Yourself! My Rustic Farmhouse Style

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The temporary nature of all our former homes deterred me from doing much decorating. It felt pointless to spend time and money on a place that wasn’t really a home. Even if I had found the perfect pieces for those apartments, it’s unlikely they would have found their perfect place in our future home. I’m enjoying the process of decorating our first home exactly how we want it. Browsing online sales (hello, Zulily addiction!), meandering through craft stores and daydreaming about the colors and items that make me feel most at peace.

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Mother’s Day

I didn’t feel right about titling this post, “Happy Mother’s Day!” You may not be feeling happy today. You may be struggling with infertility, loss, broken relationships, or mental illness. This day might not be a source of happiness, but of pain. I want you to know that I’m wrapping my arms around you today. You are loved.

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