A Few Of Our Favorite Things, My Picks

5 Must Haves for Cloth Diapering

Whether you are just starting out with cloth diapers or thinking about cloth diapering, you have probably been searching the internet for everything you’ll need to be successful. The choices between prefolds, AIO’S, Pockets and other kinds of cloth diapers go on and on. It’s enough to make your head spin. But what else are you going to need? I asked my cloth diapering friends what their must haves were. I wasn’t shocked that we pretty much all had the same list.  So here’s a list of 5 things I refuse to live without.   No matter what kind of cloth you went with, these items are sure to make your life easier!

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From the Heart

Simplifying Christmas

Every year it’s the same dilemma. What do we get them for Christmas? It seems that we spend so much time and money on Christmas for our kids to pick out one thing to play with and then proceed to play with only that thing… forever.  Until I get fed up with all the stuff laying around and decide all toys need to be sold or donated.  All of a sudden the kids love whatever I’m tossing out.  Continue Reading

A Few Of Our Favorite Things, My Picks

Read To Me

I recently discovered podcasts. What can that possibly do with reading? It turns out a lot! Before you quit reading because you think this “doesn’t pertain to you”, please don’t!  I promise it will! The benefits of reading aloud are so many!  Here are a few ideas that will be useful to you no matter what stage in life. Continue Reading

From the Heart, Looking Back

I Still Miss You

I still miss you from time to time. I think about what could’ve and would’ve been. You were only in my life for such a short time but I loved you more then you know. More than I knew. I didn’t know it was possible to love someone you’ve never met.  Not until we lost you. Continue Reading

From the Heart

Forgiving You: An Open Letter Of Forgiveness

Forgiving You - An Open Letter of Forgiveness


Where do I start? You’ve been on my mind a lot lately. The truth is I’ve started writing this letter a million times. I’ve even thought I had finished it a few times, put it in an envelope and sealed it. Only to later throw it in the trash. I wouldn’t even know an address to send it to. The timing wasn’t right, or so I told myself. When is the right time really?

So here it goes…

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Faith, From the Heart

Quieting My Anxious Heart

I can feel my heart pounding in my chest. My palms are sweating. It takes everything in me not to walk out the door. I take a deep breath and send up a little prayer. “Lord please let me know someone.” I swallow hard and take a step forward while scanning the crowd. Trying to act confident. Trying to stay calm. I finally found a familiar friendly face. Someone who was also looking for a seat.  As I breathed a sigh of relief I still felt this feeling. I couldn’t help it. It has always been a part of me.

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Looking Back

Spring Snow

Waking up on the second of May to 10 inches of snow is not normal! No, not even in northern Iowa. We had a weekend of such nice weather, it got up to 80 degrees one day! Then we wake the next day to this. I’ll admit I was not very happy, and from people at work to all the Facebook posts, I think it’s safe to say that neither was anyone else.  

With the exception of my sweet HoneyGirl. As we sat looking out at the snow she was all smiles. “mommy, God made the snow right?” Yes he did. “and he made it soooo sparkly!” “it’s berry pwetty right mommy!”

Now what am I to say to that other then “your right it is very pretty”. It seems to me that a child tends to find the beauty in just about anything. They can remind us of things, and help us see things in a whole different way.

This spring snow will soon melt. Bringing nice  weather, and flowers. Maybe we can go outside and build one last snowman and enjoy God’s beautiful sparkly snow 🙂

From the Heart

Learning to Love Reading

I was called out of the classroom yet again. I told everyone that I had been chosen to try out one of the cool new computers, I even got to play games on them. I didn’t want to be labeled as one of the those kids. The truth was I liked to read but I wasn’t very good at it. I needed help and this is how it was offered to me. Oh, how I was envious of that one girl. She always seemed to be able to read the big books. The best books. I wasn’t able to check them out. They weren’t my level. No, I’d never be any good at reading. Why bother. 

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