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What a gorgeous idea! Those invitations are lovely!
My problem is that I have been changing in the wrong direction. -Julia
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I do this too! =)
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Yesterday I repeatedly scrubbed my spattered stove top before I set to cooking multiple dishes. After intending to comment creatively, I unfortunately procrastinated and fell into bed exhausted. (Do the comments need to be made before the next day to nab the 20 points, Rachel?)
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2013 on Fun with Adverbs at Home Sanctuary
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Thank you for the gift of being able to tag along on a virtual journey to these significant places. Seeing them affirms the truth of the Scriptures that I have read all of my life.
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I'm thankful for AC too! We've got 2 ceiling fans, but rarely use them because they are so wobbly when they are turned on. I guess whoever installed them did a poor job. Does anyone know what, if anything, can be done to eliminate the wobbling?
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2012 on Dusting? Not a Big Fan. at Home Sanctuary
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I actually did this one! For my bread-loving daughter's birthday dinner tonight I made dinner rolls from scratch (with the help of my bread machine).
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2011 on Bread Winner at Home Sanctuary
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My mama has a pink scar, which is why my sister and I here today. I am so thankful for life-givers. Beautiful post.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2011 on dear pink scar at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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I always appreciate when you share some of what has been taking place in your inner life. Your book recommendations are ones I take to heart. Also, I have been thinking about your book project a lot lately. It struck me this week that I don't see evidence of much Spirit-led anything in my community and in my life. So I really hope that the book will be informed and dovetail with studying the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church and beyond. I'm in a BSF group and we're studying Acts this year, which has heightened my awareness of these issues. I will certainly pray that the Spirit leads you in your writing.
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For my sister's wedding this month I did HOURS and HOURS of online shopping for possible dresses. My favorite sites for wedding wear were: Ann Taylor, The Limited, and ASOS. J. Crew also had some pretty styles, but they were a bit pricey.
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The Rockin' Green detergent definitely piques my interest and would be great for cloth diapering, based on what I read at their website.
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I would love to have cloth diapers for our baby (#4) on the way! They would definitely benefit our budget.
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Years ago, we were on a trip to Thailand with our first daughter. Of course we managed to leave her most beloved stuffed doggie at home. Yes, huge mistake. We had one very disconsolate toddler in an unfamiliar guest room who needed help pronto. My husband quickly resolved to go out and find a replacement animal. Thankfully the nearest Bangkok superstore had a big selection of stuffed toys. He returned with "Travel Doggie"--a special dog to give comfort and assurance on trips. Travel Doggie remains a treasured companion, the result of improvisation and a father's love.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2011 on Sometimes You Improvise at Steady Mom
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Amen, Megan. Again. Last year I was discussing this very dichotomy with my dad who is a conservative Democrat and also happens to live in Oklahoma. You stated my view far more eloquently. I'm thanking God again for you today. I do think your advocacy efforts with the Senator were valuable. Prophetic messages need to be heard, even if they are not heeded.
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Amen, amen, amen! Your words never fail to bless and challenge me. Thanks, Megan and Jamie!
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Parenting Your Polar Opposite at Steady Mom
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I think part of the challenge is that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. An added difficulty is that our family is not in a financial position to increase our spending at all; we are doing all we can not to slide even deeper into consumer debt as we try to make ends meet. So I am taking incremental steps toward ethical spending. So far, it has meant: 1) buying less beef; since I will not buy meat the comes from feed-lot cattle, I buy locally beef from local ranches that costs 2 to 3 times what I used to pay; and 2) switching to recycled toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. I don't see us making the switch to cloth, but we can at least avoid using products that include felled old-growth trees.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2011 on The Imperfection of Ethical Spending at Steady Mom
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I've got this week's menu plan posted at: http://roots-of-simplicity.blogspot.com/2011/02/menu-and-activity-plan-for-week-27-212.html Today's Small Thing is a helpful encouragement for me to plan the rest of the month's meals. Thanks!
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I grew up in Oklahoma, but living in the tropics for 5 years made me a wimp. Adding 3 littles and moving to Nebraska has made for some hard winters. I can really relate to your descriptions of the week, except we've not had to contend with frozen pipes. That might have sent me over the edge... Anyhow, this year I decided to be more proactive and collect ideas for ways to have fun in winter. One of our favorite discoveries has been carpet gliding skates made from cereal bags: http://roots-of-simplicity.blogspot.com/2011/01/winter-activity-week-carpet-gliding.html This week I enjoyed introducing my kids to Chinese jump rope: http://roots-of-simplicity.blogspot.com/2011/02/chinese-jump-rope-and-lunar-new-year.html Basically, I have been seeking ways for my kids to use up some of that excess energy I wish I had! It hasn't stopped me from shirking chores, but at least it has provided some motivation to do things we can all enjoy.
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Thanks for the list of applications, Megan. It helps to have some action points amidst all the head-spinning thoughts! And to the post about short term mission trips, I say a hearty "Amen!" The impact of short-term trips seems to fade rather quickly--on both sides. I recently came across the book What the World Eats and found it to be a stunning visual walkabout of the globe. It reminded me of Radical in that it confronts a person with the difference between abundance versus just enough. I posted some ideas last week about how versatile a pictoral resource could be, especially with the holidays coming up. And perhaps people who aren't ready to read Radical (spouses, relatives, etc.) would be intrigued by the photos in another kind of book. My 7-year-old daughter was very interested in seeing what families in other countries eat. The images can help motivate us to remember others, pray and give.
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I could not believe how nonchalant some of my hometown friends were about childbirth either. They had extravagantly prepared nurseries, but when I inquired if they had educated themselves childbirth options, they said that the hospital would take care of that part. Are you by any chance from the southern U.S.?
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It depends on what my children are wearing. If they are sporting ordinary clothes, then I let them splash. If they are wearing newer clothes and/or the puddle is a partial oil slick in a parking lot, no.
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Love to hear about what your into--it inspires me. You may help get me back into the reading habit yet... I also gave you an old-fashioned blog award. Feel free to just keep and enjoy. Or do with it as you wish.
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I am an INFJ too! I didn't realize it was so rare. I would guess, though that among women who blog, the percentage is higher. Naps refuel me. And so does late night grocery shopping. And journaling when the house is quiet. Sometimes when I am trying to focus on something in the kitchen, I try to shoo the kids outside to play. I function better when I do not have "helpers" with me all the time !
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I love her website!
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Great article! I was so happy to find her website when I was new to Lincoln a few years ago. I've saved a lot of time and money because of it!
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