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Ella Grace is here!

Ella Grace is here!

Ella Grace made her entrance into the world last Saturday. Her mom Emma did very well considering it was her first baby.

Here she is on her first day in this world. Like all babies she gets prettier everyday. She’s a pretty good sleeper and seems to be a very content baby. Like a lot of newborns she has a bit of jaundice. The doctor had Emma put her in a light box. Apparently it was a horrendous thing for Ella. She hates being naked and she had to be under the lamp. She loves being snuggled in her blanket and that also wasn’t going to happen under the light. So it was a very long night for her and…

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Farming Worms

Farming Worms

We have been working on a new project in our garden for over a year now. We are growing worms! Emma tells me that I really shouldn’t phrase it like that because it sounds like I have a terrible medical condition! However I saw this thing online and I had to try it.

Some back round information: Summer 2012 we planted a bunch of tomatoes and tomatillos. We had a pretty decent harvest, but as the season should have just been really rolling, we saw our bushes dying daily. At first I thought it was a blight of some kind but nothing really matched up. We spent a few weeks doing all that we could to make the vines survive…

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The Nursery

The Nursery

My daughter Emma had a baby girl last Saturday! It’s her first baby. Our family hadn’t had a baby in a couple years and we were all getting a little baby hungry, especially Shay! Shay is my son’s wife, she has 2 little girls of her own, but alas……they are 2 and 4 and soooo not tiny babies any more. So partially because she’s in a baby mood and partially because she’s just a sweetheart, she decided she would do up a cute little nursery for baby Ella as her gift.

Emma became a huge Harry Potter fan from the first chapter of the first book of the series. So Shay wanted to do a Harry Potter themed nursery. I…

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What a guy!

My husband and I have a long standing, stress relieving hobby. We plan a renovation on our house. We can’t afford to do it, but that’s the beauty of paper and pencils or a computer program, you can remodel and plan until your hearts content! We have done it many times, thinking about what goes where, how to make the most of what we have, all kinds of things. But a while ago he came up with a basic plan for a remodel that I fell in love with.

He does all the work, all the planning. He knows electrical and plumbing and solar, all the good stuff. I know about how I want it to fee, what area’s we…

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Another Marriage lesson

Time together is precious!

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I remember a young couple I knew a few years ago. They were expecting their first child. They were so excited and so in love and so in love iwth the idea of becoming parents. Then the baby was born early and didn’t live, it was bad. This is a very hard thing to go through but the husband was so distraught that the doctor gave him some medication to help calm him down and he had an allergic reaction and died. Now this young woman had lost her child and her husband within just a few hours.

A couple years before that another couple, 6 young children,…

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A Marriage lesson

It sounds trite and old fashioned but communication is an absolute must in a good marriage.

I have told my girls that if I ever hear them say”If he loved me he would know…….” I will punch them in the nose! Nothing ever has or ever will compensate for just opening your mouth and telling him what you want, need, or just can’t stand.

A man’s brain doesn’t work like a woman’s brain. A man’s brain is very compartmentalized. he does one thing at a time and nothing has anything to do with anything else. Work is work. Home is home. Kids are kids. Friends are friends. Where he spends his money or who he tells a joke to…

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Smart children come from good parents

I was teaching a 9 year old primary class at church a few years ago. They were a great bunch of kids. One little girl named Emma was and is extraordinary, but not in the way everyone assumes she is. She’s always prepared, she reads her scriptures daily, she knows the stories. She loves singing in the choir, she does very well in school, she’s an excellent reader and she works hard.

I have heard people say that she is a genius. I have heard people say her family is freakish, because they don’t have a TV. But after you get to know her and her family better you don’t believe any of that, what I believe to be true…

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