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    May 23rd

    I’m starting this post with a big, heavy sigh. Life. There is a sense of peace in knowing that this world is broken, and that this isn’t the way God intended things to be. We might live in a broken world now, but it won’t always be that way. Even though I look forward to what is to come, I’m not in any rush to get there. This broken world is still amazingly beautiful. Maybe that’s why it bothers me then that time feels like it’s just slipping through my fingers. Here we are, on May 23rd already. We’ve almost completed 5 whole months of the year. I keep thinking…

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    Story of My Life

    For the last, I don’t know… maybe 7 years, the story of my life seems to be something like this: I clean a room, something breaks. I fix something, five messes spring up. I try to tackle a new project, the house becomes a war zone, and when I go to clean it up, another 10 things are broken. And through it all, I just barely manage to take teeny-tiny baby steps forward. Oh, an 85% of all messes or broken things are the result of having kids, a young (very playful) dog, and chickens. To be fair, it’s not always like this. We have been able to take bigger…

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    Still Waiting

    Let’s face it. I know we’ve got family and friends anxiously awaiting a phone call or an email that declares the happy news that we’ve just had the baby. But I have no such news just yet. In fact, a doctor’s appointment today let me feeling a bit disappointed at the news that “it could be another week or two.” Yet again, I’m 39 weeks pregnant, and this is my 6th child, so things could change rapidly. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears at that news today. Either way, I’m trying to resign myself to the idea that I am going to be waiting…

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    A Homemade Holiday: Gingerbread Cookies

    I’m just going to start off by stating that technically, these shouldn’t be called gingerbread cookies… there isn’t actually any ginger in them.  BUT, that’s what we call them, and it’s the recipe that my Grandma made at Christmastime for years.  It’s possible they hold a special place in my heart because of the two times I ever baked with my grandma, one of the times was making these cookies.  If you cook them according to the bake time, they are usually light and fluffy, not crunchy and hard, and though I love a traditional gingerbread cookie, I like that these come without the spiciness. This recipe makes a huge…