Party Prep {she's 20!}

Party Prep {she's 20!}

Our oldest child just turned 20! So many feelings and memories all come flooding at the mention of seasons that have passed since this baby girl entered our home. She was our first. First daughter. First hospitalization. First one to experience our wobbly attempts at parenting. But she is dearly loved and so we remembered her special day surrounded by friends and family eating yummy delights and singing her a song of remembrance. 

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Fall Fun {Sewing + a Party}

Fall Fun {Sewing + a Party}

Every Halloween we pass out candy, host a chili and spaghetti bar and invite friends over. I love that this tradition still holds strong and I look forward to it every year. I LOVE seeing the young friends of our neighborhood decked out in their sweet or scary costumes...

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School Prep Week

School Prep Week

So, last week our teens went back to college and high school. At this stage of parenting there is little I can do to prepare them beyond a trip to Target for supplies {Which I LOVE}. And there really is no way to prepare for your oldest to head to another state for her second year of college. Kleenex, diet coke, and a comfy blanket do help for a short bit. 

There was a little time to create; some of these fun items are going with my Dearies to school. 

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Mini Adventures {Summer 2015}

Mini Adventures {Summer 2015}

Our family took a Grand California Adventure earlier this summer to visit the place where my Hubs + I grew up, fell in love, graduated college, married and made lifelong friendships. But, with our size family, it has become increasingly difficult to take long trips for extended periods of time--cost, time, cramped car quarters with big teen people:) But after the big plunge this year, we have decided to seek out small ways to have little adventures of our own, close to home. 

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Summer Adventures 2015

Summer Adventures 2015

This summer has been AMAZING! We started our grand California adventure 4 days after school ended and loved our two week stay on the sunny coast. We invested our time and resources intentionally in a once-in-a-lifetime family trip to our home state of California. After twelve years away, we loved every blessed moment surrounded by familiar faces, places and FOOD. 

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Lately...

Lately...

There have been many changes in our home these past couple of months. Some changes have been welcomed, other changes have come unbidden and cause a heart to sigh and hunker down. With these changes have come some quiet times on this blog and in my little home. A very good thing. I have missed this space, so here is a little glimpse of my family's happenings:

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