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Stopping for the Important Times (aka Lunch with a Nun)

Stopping for the Important Times

This past March, I took the longest solo road trip that I had taken.  I drove for seven hours to go to Petticoat Junction Retreat Center to hang out with some other bloggers for the weekend.  Because I was driving solo, my trip involved trying to make good time and copious amount of Dr. Pepper. Because of those copious amounts of Dr. Pepper, I decided to stop at a McDonald's for lunch after … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to be Happy

Ways to be Happy

Life can be so busy.  It's easy to get preoccupied with the tasks you have to do, a never ending list of things that need your attention, and a near constant strain on your time.  It often means that it makes it too easy to overlook the happy in your life.  Other things get in the way or make us only see the drudgery. The encouraging thing, however, is that we can all be happier, if we set our … [Read more...]

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10 Little Things that Make My Day

10 Little Things that Make My Day

Sometimes, it's not the big things in life that make a day special.  Sometimes, it's just those little things that make you think, "Wow - this life is pretty great.  Why don't I notice that all the time?" Here are ten of those things for me.  Ten of those things that are small, but often make me smile and realize that life is pretty sweet. Sleeping Late I'd love to be a morning person.  … [Read more...]

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10 Things that Make Me Happy

porch

I've been wondering what to write for my Top Ten Tuesday this week for a few days now.  Nothing was popping into my head, and on Monday afternoon (which is right now for me) it finally came to me when I decided that I should go out onto our screened in porch to write.  I got an overwhelming sense of joy at the thought of writing out there.  I thought, "Yes, that's what my topic should be, things … [Read more...]

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Being Able to Fix Small Sewing Needs { Joie de Vivre no. 4 }

Being Able to Fix Small Sewing Needs

I am no seamstress.  Heck, I can barely do anything as far as sewing goes.  I do, however, thinks that it's good to have at least a few skills in the sewing department, which is why it's a whole section in my eBook Training Your Children in Home Economics. So, why in the world would I count anything sewing related amongst my joys of living? I was struck one night as I was using a basic … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Prepare for a Cabin Camping Trip

10 tips for preparing for cabin camping

A couple of years ago, we decided to try out staying at a rustic cabin in a state park just as a fun family weekend.  Before the weekend was even over, the kids were already asking if we could go again the following year.  And now, we've already made reservations for our third year!  This spur of the moment decision three years ago has really turned into a wonderful family tradition for us. In … [Read more...]

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Family Dance Parties { Joie de Vivre no. 3 }

joie de vivre no 3 - family dance party

Music is one of those things that I just need.  It can psyche me up for something I need to do, speak to me when I'm feeling blue, or just be the reason that I get to loudly sing along when nobody else is around.  Music is just one of those things I need just about every day. I'm thrilled that almost everyone in my household also loves music.  Well, that's not true.  Everyone loves music, it's … [Read more...]

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Multiplying and Dividing Fractions { Joie de Vivre no. 2 }

a joy of living: multiplying and dividing fractions

I love Noah, but sitting with him while he works on math can be painful.  I don't know if it's the Autism, the ADHD, or just a lack of ever really internalizing all of those basic math facts that a person should, but it takes him a long time to do math.  To his credit, he scores well in the end, but it takes a long time. Our most frequent math nemesis for a while now has been making … [Read more...]

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Sharing Our Lives with You { Joie de Vivre no. 1 }

joy balloon - joie de vivre

Life seems to move so quickly.  It's easy for me, just like I'm sure it is for others, to get caught up in looking toward the future while rushing through the present. "Everything will be great when these bills are all paid off." "We'll really be able to enjoy ourselves when things slow down after the holidays." "I'll be happy when I have that new (insert the name of the newest gadget) … [Read more...]

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