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    You’re done having babies

    I was finally hit with the question I think every mom gets at some point yet is speechless to the answer. My 2 youngest boys (nine and seven) were sitting with me at home and the youngest says, “Mom, I think we need another baby, I want another baby, I don’t want to the be […]

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    From the hottest fire comes the strongest steel

    Looking back, it’s hard to figure out where an entire year went. The days go slow, but the years sure do fly! This last year started off innocently enough, but then came history’s longest spring before we were finally able to finish off 2017’s harvest (only hours before 2018’s planting was complete). We should have […]

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    Christmas changes when you’re head cook

    With the recent snow, the tune “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” keeps entering my mind. I really do love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and getting together with family and friends. Christmas is much different for me now than it was when I was a little girl. For one, […]

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    What is gratitude?

    Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. I see this saying all over. But, knowing WHY gratitude is good is distinctly different from knowing WHAT gratitude is. And, probably the most important is HOW to be grateful. Here are 5 tricks I use to ensure I cultivate gratitude: Gather around the table For me, a kitchen table represents the […]

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    Fall on the farm brings waves of emotions

    On the farm, my grandma was the “Jack of all Trades.” She didn’t have a specialty, she could do it all. She was the by-hand cow milker and separator, egg picker, packer, and chicken feeder, gardener, cook and baker, tractor driver, caretaker, active church member and mother. You name it and I guarantee I saw […]

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    Dreams change. Plans change. Life change

    By Alysa Leier  As a teenager I planned on (and worked hard toward) moving to some bustling, big city and starting a new life as a physician. In fact, for as long as I can remember, that was my goal. At seventeen I didn’t want kids, didn’t even see them in my future. At twenty-three, […]

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