Reviving an old dresser

We’ve had this dresser for so long that I don’t exactly remember where we got it, except that I know it was old when it came to us.  It has lived in the rooms of various children, serving the purpose admirably, but getting more and more dinged up over the years.  Our 19 and 21 […]

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Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can't remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That's a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that … [Read More...]

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Beach time

Here's a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but … [Read More...]

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Reviving an old dresser

We’ve had this dresser for so long that I don’t exactly remember where we got it, except that I know it was old when it came to us.  It has lived in the rooms of various children, serving the purpose admirably, but getting more and more dinged up over the years.  Our 19 and 21 […]

Valentine’s Day

Our Valentine’s Day celebration this year happened a day early (to avoid the crowds in restaurants– we’re practical like that) and included our youngest two daughters. At 12 and 14 they are totally old enough to be home on their own.  But you try experiencing four kids moving out in the past year (8 altogether […]

Waiting for the ice to melt

A couple days ago I was rejoicing because finally, finally the temperatures were high enough that the snow that has lain all over our valley since before Christmas was running in rivulets down the road. It was in the 40’s and dirty snow-heaps everywhere were diminishing and we were all full of delight. Then came […]

January projects

Our January has seemed slower in pace than many of the previous months.  I think this is partly because the holidays are done, and partly because huge quantities of snow have kept us home more than usual.  For those of you lucky enough NOT to live around here, we’ve had 35.5 inches this winter, which […]

From our Christmas

Happy New Year! Did you have a good Christmas? Ours was a really sweet time of getting together with many of our loved ones. One of the things about having lots of grown kids is that it gets harder and harder to get everyone gathered together. I now fully understand why when my mom has […]

A million angels crowding in to see

“Just A Girl” I wonder if you’ve heard the story Of little fame and lesser glory The night the keeper of the inn The little town of Bethlehem Encountered Joseph and his Mary About to birth the Savior of the world His wife said go and see who’s knocking He ran down to the gate […]

How can it be?

Am I the only one surprised we are already halfway through December?  The girls and I went on a wrapping spree this evening and got the vast majority of the gifts wrapped, so that feels really good.  I have a few last errant things to track down, but mostly my shopping is done too.  But […]

End table makeover

Awhile back we were given a couple of nice quality end tables that a couple of our girls used as night stands for awhile.  When they moved on to other room arrangements, I wasn’t sure where else they would fit in the house.  I knew I’d need more end tables at the beach house, but […]

IKEA cabinet adventure

Click on over to the beach house blog to read about our IKEA cabinet adventure. Talk about a LONG weekend!!

9 stocking stuffers under $3

  Sometimes it can be hard to think of fun small items to use as stocking stuffers. I thought I’d share a few ideas that I’ve seen on Amazon, and I’m hoping you’ll chime in and add your own ideas. Nivea Hand Cream is wonderful, and these little tins are small enough to fit perfectly […]