Weekend Links

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Homemade foaming facial cleanser… the recipe I’ve been using and loving. I shared my tutorial this week on Simple Homemade. Links I loved this week:  The Christmas Conundrum @ Jen Hatmaker (this just needed to be said. Go Jen. Hat tip to Red and Honey for linking to this post.) Misleading Product Roundup: Don’t Be Fooled @ 100 Days of Real Food (Lisa does a fantastic job revealing products that you might think are ok- – and that’s what the food industry wants you to […]

Book Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget (5 Copies to Win!)

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If you want to learn something, one of the best ways is to learn from someone who has actually done it. Do you want to learn to get your budget under control, cut your expenses drastically, simplify your life, and live both frugally and generously? My dear friend, Crystal Paine, is just the person to ask. Her story speaks for itself. She and her husband began their marriage on a penny-pinching, rice and beans budget of as little as $650-900 (total!) some months, while he went through law school, […]

Giving Above and Beyond This Christmas

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Although I think we would all agree that Christmas is a season for giving, we often restrict that giving to family and friends. Yet this season offers us a beautiful opportunity to show the love of Christ in a very tangible way, as we give beyond our personal relationships. Not only do we have the chance to reach out and bless others who might not otherwise receive anything, but we can also do it together as a family, teaching our children about generosity and showing […]

September at Our Home

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I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it’s true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a short season of truly warm summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and yet I do relish autumn as a time to take stock of things, slow down, establish new routines and capture summer’s last fleeting moments before we say good-bye for another year. This summer was […]

Fresh Hope for Families and Soap Winners!

Two exciting things to announce today… Clean water for families The first is that through the 48 hour book sale, we raised almost $220 which is going directly to Compassion International’s Water of Life initiative. What that means is that not 1 or 2, but 4 families will be receiving a unique water filter that will provide them with clean, safe drinking water for their entire family for a LIFETIME ($55 each)! Thank you so much for helping us to bless others and give them […]

Dirty Water, Clean Water

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Updated: Thanks to my amazing readers rising to the challenge, we will be providing 4 families with clean, pure drinking water for a LIFETIME! How’s that for exciting? :) Water. So critical, so taken for granted. We may talk about staying hydrated enough. Make sure that we are using a quality water filtration system to avoid various toxins and chemicals in our water. But what we take for granted is that we are among the privileged few in the world who can turn on a tap in […]

All Our Little Ducks in a Row (And Baby Makes 6)

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You know you must be tired when you’re a writer and you have exciting news and the only way that you can think of announcing it is to simply blurt it out… We’re expecting baby #4! Upon returning home from our trip to the Philippines with Compassion International (literally, the day after we got home), we were surprised and delighted to find out that God was blessing us with another precious little one. According to the ultrasound tech, I am 12 weeks (our midwife requested […]

Looking Through a Child’s Eyes

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I am often in awe of how God has blessed children with eyes that are so pure and innocent. Yesterday morning, I sat down on the couch to show my 4 and 6 year old the pictures from my recent trip to the Philippines as a Compassion Blogger. I found it difficult to look at the pictures without becoming emotional. I’ve experienced a lot of different emotions this week since returning. Simple, I know, but I can’t get over how clean it is everywhere around […]