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Before You Meet Your Brother

Before another month passes, you will be a big brother to a little boy. These last weeks have been so sweet. Our days at home have seemed special, even when they are filled with chores and tasks. We’ve taken frequent trips to the children’s museum and have stopped by the toy store at your request on…

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Bible Stories in the Dark

At night we cuddle under the soft, pink blanket in the dark. As I lay beside you to help you fall asleep, you often chatter ceaselessly about all thing things on your two-year-old mind. Sometimes you pat my growing belly and tell your brother, “Baby, it’s dark out that window.” You are learning the difference between morning…

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Less Waste with Babies and Toddlers

I recently read Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, who, along with her family of four, creates only one quart of garbage per year. I knew we could learn something from a family that can go that extreme (they aren’t big recyclers either!). I love her ideas–like buying in bulk, simplifying so you have only…

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Vivid Dreams, Missing Teeth, and Links

During both pregnancies, I have had really vivid dreams. When I was teaching, I would dream the next day’s lesson plans in full detail and wake up exhausted because I would have to actually live each day again (or so it felt). Now I just have vivid dreams of everyday situations that leave me a tiny bit…

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Picture Books for Truck-Loving Toddlers

My mom and I were talking recently about how many books there are now that are geared specifically toward toddlers who are fascinated by trucks (or construction or trains). It makes it so much easier to help kids with these interests engage in reading. Since we will soon be a two boy family, we are really glad…

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When More Me Time Doesn’t Fix Things

A couple of weeks ago, I was having a rough time. I generally get tired this time of year for a few weeks, though I always forget about my fall transitional tiredness until it happens. Being pregnant has added to the fatigue. Then we had two little bouts of sickness in our family, and it…

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Our 2014 Family Album and Some Tips

I finally ordered our 2014 family photo book (or chapter 5 of Our Adventure Book). In the past, I’ve used Apple, Shutterfly, and Artifact Uprising. This year, after reading this post from Ashely, I went with Blurb. I’m so glad I did. I’ve shared before about why and how I make yearly family albums. In…