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Not All Driveways are Created Equal

If you happen upon my driveway and turn off the road you will find yourself surrounded by nothing but woods. If you keep going, soon you won't see the road from which you turned or the house at the end sitting in a small clearing. Every time I make this drive I savor those few magical moments… Continue reading Not All Driveways are Created Equal

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The Mafia of Utah

  At 7:30 this morning I was jolted awake by my sweet Rosie barking her little, more like extremely large, head off. She's a bit more of  a barker than I'd like and we are doing our best to help her distinguish between what we need to know about and what she can keep to… Continue reading The Mafia of Utah

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Suburban Housewife or Earth Mother Hippie?

Who am I supposed to be? Who do I want to be?  Who SHOULD I be? My mind is a world unto itself. When I relay my dreams to my husband he is most always incredulous. They are full stories, with characters, odd scenarios and they have a clear beginning and end. When I give myself… Continue reading Suburban Housewife or Earth Mother Hippie?

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A Cow, A Goat, 4 Chickens and Chest Pains

I have been cleaning, decluttering, painting and all around beautifying. And then...IT happened. First came the news that our Annabelle (bovine) is pregnant. One of the bull calves we put on her to nurse, grew up and took over the role of paramour. She is almost 7 months along which means we will need to stop milking her… Continue reading A Cow, A Goat, 4 Chickens and Chest Pains

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She Wants Equality, The Church Wants Her Back in the Kitchen

All this woman is asking for is equality within the community she loves.    This is where I live. This is where I'm raising my daughters.  ordainwomen.org Update: "Today, Kelly’s former ecclesiastical leader in Virginia, Bishop Mark Harrison, contacted Kelly by email to inform her that the all-male panel of judges who tried her in… Continue reading She Wants Equality, The Church Wants Her Back in the Kitchen

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Toddler Life Lessons From Jacques Pepin

As a parent we get to enjoy the education of life that takes place in the world of our children. Sometimes it's joyous, sometimes it's heartbreaking and sometimes it's both. This is one of those "both" moments. I watch tv on my Ipad in bed. No, it's really not healthy to watch tv before falling… Continue reading Toddler Life Lessons From Jacques Pepin

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.   Robert Frost For some women, Motherhood is a dream come true. Keeping a home and caring for a family was all they ever wanted. For the rest of us, Motherhood is sacrifice.  I have… Continue reading The Road Not Taken

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Don’t Even Think About That Hole

"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well, matters very much." Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis When I started this blog I made the promise to myself  I would never just throw out my real life problems without first coming to a solution. I did not want my readers to feel… Continue reading Don’t Even Think About That Hole

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How Will Others Know That We Are Christians?

Love is universally understood, it does not need translation or explanation. It is obvious to it’s recipient and a gift for the giver.


The hymns from Great and Holy Monday give us some indication as to what it means to be a Christian.  Orthodoxy places a lot of emphasis on fasting during Lent, and yet fasting is not the goal of the spiritual life.  In the three hymns, below, we find some of the goals of the Christian spiritual life which were what we should have been aiming toward throughout Great Lent.

By this will all men know that you are my disciples,” said the Savior to His friends as He went to His passion, “if you will keep my commandments.  Be at peace among yourselves and with all men.  Think humbly of yourselves and you will be exalted.  And, knowing that I am the Lord, you will sing and exalt me throughout all ages.

Christ teaches us that people will be able to identify the disciples of Christ, not by…

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The Deeds of Children

The deeds of children are a testament to the upbringing they received from their parents.  ~ Christopher Paolini A child's innocence is a precious gift. It should be protected, harnessed and revered for as long as possible. For there will come a day when it is ripped away despite the most conscientious parenting. That day was… Continue reading The Deeds of Children