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You can now find my blog at www.allthelittlepieces.com - thanks for stopping by! See you there! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Muffin Top
Brrr... what a great day for a steamy bowl of hearty soup! I got this recipe from my mom, but actually hadn't made it in years - until last night. You know it's good news when everyone requests seconds and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Muffin Top
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I'm taking a dare. I'm already three days late, but I don't even care. One of my favorite people on the planet has started something she's calling #firstfridayfinds, and I want in! I think the idea is fantastic - as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Muffin Top
Molly "helped" me fold laundry yesterday morning. Most of that help took the form of entertainment. She danced around the room, singing her own compositions. I wish I had it recorded -- but honestly, I was so sincerely moved by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Muffin Top
281. The fact that technically I never said these 100 Days of Gratitude would be consecutive. 282. I finally went to the dentist today about a tooth that's been aching for 3 weeks. I thought for sure I had a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Muffin Top
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Our firstborn turned six yesterday. This boy who I thought would never come out... who then snuck up on me one quiet evening in late December and changed our world forever. I was walking through winter, so heavy with child,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Muffin Top
I had a pretty significant revelation today. First, can I be honest? Over the past two weeks, I've been kind of sinking. Mothering my children has been overwhelming me. Homeschooling my kindergartener is about to take. me. out. y'all. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Muffin Top
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It's 3:00 pm. Rest time is over, and I look up as my children casually bound down the stairs to join me in the living room. I notice Molly is still wearing the purple headband she had on earlier, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Muffin Top
Owen appeared at the top of the steps and yelled excitedly, “Mommy! Daddy! I clogged the toilet. But then I prayed! And Jesus answered my prayer! And it flushed!” Oh how our children make me laugh. Is it hilarious that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Muffin Top
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271. Owen (and Molly now, too!) saying, "That's what I'm talkin' about!" 272. Our sandbox is finally filled with sand, glorious sand. 273. Late afternoon, kids playing in aforementioned sandbox, me sitting nearby with a good book and hot cup... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Muffin Top
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261. Embracing today as my Day 27 - even though today *should* be Day 40. And yes, I opened the laptop with every intention of catching up on the entire missed 2 weeks in one sitting. The fact that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Muffin Top
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241. The amazing privilege of helping support a sweet friend through her labor and delivery!! SO FREAKING AWESOME. 242. Molly waking up crying at 5 am, which woke me up, which allowed me to notice that Jocelyn had texted to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Muffin Top
Phew! Finally caught up!!: 231. Project Runway (I'm 3 episodes behind on DVR - don't tell me anything!!!) 232. reading lamps 233. finishing a good book and lending it to a friend 234. hummus 235. nail polish 236. electric pencil... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Muffin Top
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221. the group of 3 other dear girlfriends who I've had the privilege of meeting with weekly for the past 4 years for prayer and encouragement 222. hugs 223. coloring with my kids today in the backyard. in a tent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Muffin Top
211. Molly's love (and flair) for introducing people (real or imaginary. or herself.) "Ladies aaaaand gentlemen! Boyyyyyys and girls! Heeeeeeeeere's, MOLLY!!!!!!" 212. a functioning gas gauge on my car so I know when I need to fill up before I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Muffin Top
201. Molly twirling in a princess dress and asking, "Mama, do you wish you could be me?" 202. rope swings 203. strainers/colanders 204. playing store with my kids (aka. practicing math for an hour without them even knowing it -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Muffin Top
191. GRACE (like for neglecting my gratitude list for 4 days. also for eleventy billion other things in my life.) 192. our pretty drinking glasses from Pier 1 193. piano music 194. every pair of my children's shoes that do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Muffin Top
181. amazing sermon at church this morning 182. pancakes for dinner... cooked by my husband!! 183. snuggling & reading library books on the couch with my kids 184. Dr. Suess 185. My friend Pezz, and her impressive performance in this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Muffin Top
It seems silly to write this down. I think I have a problem, and I need to get it out. I am addicted to my phone. Checking for texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... And I'm ashamed. No really, I am.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Muffin Top
171. getting to watch Owen play soccer 172. a quick morning run with a good friend 173. that friend's husband taking my kids & their kids to Dunkin Donuts while we go for a run!!! 174. getting to celebrate a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2013 at Muffin Top
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161. Little House on the Prairie 162. popcorn 163. Molly proudly bringing in a dandelion she picked for me. 164. batteries 165. magnets 166. hair ties 167. swings 168. apples 169. mountains 170. the ocean Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Muffin Top
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151. this 152. My kids running around today in superhero capes that my mom made for my brother & me... ...over 25 years ago. 153. little pumpkins 154. my microwave 155. our front porch (and the cozy furniture on it)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Muffin Top
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Day 14 131. My parents giving us a date night!!! 132. 1.5 hours of free childcare at Ikea 133. New slipcovers for our couch - and my husband staying up with me to put them on as the date night... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Muffin Top
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121. My parents arriving here safely - and taking us out to dinner at Cantina 1511! 122. Celebrating my beautiful friend McKenzie and her precious baby girl yesterday. 123. Chatting about running with my dad. He got me hooked on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Muffin Top
I went to the Y the other day determined to get in a good workout. I had my workout clothes, my water bottle, my Y pass - and no children. Optimism was high. I was driving our Big-Ass Tahoe (let's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Muffin Top