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Circling

Around this time each year we get an abundance of magazines in the mailbox, many of which are just toys (just think the old Sears or JCPenney’s WishBook) and among the stack is the American Girl catalog. Evidently the recession … Continue reading

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And it’s been 6 months….

since my last post. As I sit here with coffee in one hand and reflections in the other I must admit I’m a little torn…only 6 more years of school for my oldest while we are just beginning the next … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 29 and 30

Thankful for the mystery of the past and how it shaped the present. Thankful for what the future holds. Thankful for old friends and new ones. Thankful for it all. Every last bit if it! And how God uses it … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 21

So thankful for an entire week of Thanksgiving holidays! I don’t remember ever having the whole week off but this year ’tis true…I will enjoy seeing our kids a little bit more this week, coming up with some things to … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 16

Thank you Lord, for the village it is taking to raise my children… this week in particular. You know who you are

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 15

I am thankful today for eating lunch at school with Canon. I am thankful that when he saw me he gave me a huge smile and wanted me to hold his hand all the way to the lunchroom. I am … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 8

My extended family has been blessed by four feet this year – we welcomed Nathaniel Hiller Smith on August 27th, 2010 and most recently Patrick Inman Moore on November 8th, 2010. Nathan is my nephew and is the star of … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 7

Very thankful for being a part of such a generous church, which celebrated our 2 year anniversary just yesterday. Lots of good teaching, good relationships and maturity and growth are what I’m most thankful for – but we sure know … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 3

So thankful today for my sweet little Indian brave, “Blue Fish”, and for his fascination of teepees, wigwams and arrowheads. For his tender heart, his ukulele and his genuine desire to save the earth and all the people and animals … Continue reading

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Do you want to see a cute baby?

then take a look at my nephew!

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Birthday Week

I think most of us would agree that birthdays don’t just last a “day” anymore. Don’t we all celebrate at least 2 or 3 times, maybe more? Between friends, family, work, school, whatever the case may be… there are usual … Continue reading

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A Decade of Swapping Some Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Swap #10 happened at approximately 14:00 hours today.  From here on out we’ll take it up a notch around here and there will be more excitement than usual!  Our cookie swap means Christmas Eve is usually within 24-48 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Canon!

Today he is officially 5 years old.  I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry! Yesterday I got out my boxes of keepsakes that I put together around the time each of my children were born.  There were so many … Continue reading

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Mid Summer Report

We’ve been busy. We’ve been lots of places and done lots of things. When we aren’t on the go, we’re eating, watching TV, having friends over, or playing our gameboys. Sleep is in there somewhere. More so for sister than … Continue reading

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The Best Parenting Advice

I’ve gotten so far… The job of the parent is to help children come to know themselves, grow to like themselves, and find satisfaction in being themselves ~ Chuck Swindoll That changes everything.

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The Blessing of Field Trips

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with Canon’s class… I say it was an opportunity because it truly is just that, an opportunity, a chance. So many field trips I’ve been on and I don’t … Continue reading

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Her Birthday

It was a good one, she was truly very happy all day today and isn’t that just the best? Everything, from the candle in her fresh baked cinnamon sugar muffin this morning to the April Fool’s fun at school. She … Continue reading

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T-minus 4 weeks and counting…

Some time last week Melodi was complaining about everything she didn’t want to do. We had all been making our lists on Facebook and I had a brainstorm…“Melodi, write down all the things you ARE looking forward to!” She said, … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m Their Mother

Today is really not chaotic. However, I did not have my chance to blog until now. So, my blogging attempt is becoming chaotic because my children are so darn entertaining. Any real deep thoughts will be written later. Now, you … Continue reading

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Best Places to Raise Your Kids

I just saw this article online at Yahoo.  There is a state by state listing of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids.  Looks like Hoover is one of the runners up!  God has really been in the details of … Continue reading

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Little Shop of Horrors – Shaw Style

Melodi was 5 when she lost her first tooth.  It was exciting, it was sentimental, the tooth is somewhere in this house.  But it was also, well, dramatic.  And this has been going on for 4 years now.  Not only … Continue reading

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Even Superheroes Love their Moms

After school today I had a surprise for my little man.  Aunt Stacey gave us a great book, Even FireFighters Love their Moms and we read it often.  Once he was dressed in his Halloween costume he said (through the … Continue reading

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2008 Book Fair Purchases

The school has a yearly scholastic book fair every year and it is always fun to see what comes home.  I’ve sent blank checks (not a good idea) and sometimes barely scraped together $10 to put in the backpack.  This … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

So I’m up early and have barely had one cup of coffee.  My four year old has discovered that he has “no school” on Saturdays.  If I let him, he will sit on the couch with his jammies on all … Continue reading

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He’s A Jolly Good Fellow

Someone told me before he was born he would be my joy And along the way he has stolen my heart too.

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Family Fun Pack

So we’ve hit the point in the summer where I’ve enrolled the kids in just about any camp I can afford.  Which means we are in the car quite a bit driving to and fro.  I am an avid radio … Continue reading

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Great Example of the Social Innoculation Theory

 There are so many things not OK with this. I was watching the morning news and learned this would be on the newstands today.  This prepared me, but not really.  One quick errand to the grocery store with my 9 … Continue reading

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Charmed I’m Sure

I needed some extra rest today so I got off my feet with a really great book that I have been trying to read for over a year a now.  Yes, I know, I know.  It’s less than 150 pages … Continue reading

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Litany (Life Goes On)

I see life like a mirror… And I see life so much clearer. We move so quickly, who knows where the time goes…

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Canon Labs

Forget what you are supposed to do with the sprinkler. Be the sprinkler.

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Back To School Sketchers

Honestly, I stumbled across this tax free holiday thing in Alabama this weekend. I knew it was out there but had no idea it was this weekend. Which made the back to school shopping I did on Friday even better … Continue reading

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Hold Your Horses!

We’ve been experiencing drought conditions here in Alabama for weeks now. In the last two days I have finally seen some much needed downpours. We got in the middle of one at the stables yesterday. Yesterday’s horseback riding lesson was … Continue reading

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The Color Purple

We ate at Melodi’s favorite restaurant a couple of days ago and came home with fortune cookies in the take out bag. She got excited, realizing there was still part of the meal waiting to be enjoyed and unwrapped her … Continue reading

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Fight the Good Fight!

It’s Easter morning and my 2 year old son is padding down the hall in his footed pajamas… so cute and sweet and quiet. Until I hear this clunking sound. It’s not the cats, it’s not the gerbils, it’s coming … Continue reading

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Mom, what does redeemed mean?

While listening to some Good Friday music in the car my daughter asked me the above question. How very wonderful it was to answer her… “you know what Jesus did on that cross? that’s what it means to be redeemed,” … Continue reading

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Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, But the child … Continue reading

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USS Shaw

We had our last hurrah for the summer, a trip to the beach before meeting the new second grade teacher tomorrow. And yes, we are the kind of parents that drag our children to historical monuments and museums and our … Continue reading

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Growing Up Sassy

So, Melodi came into the world knowing how to talk. She very soon learned the art of imaginary friends, to be honest, she couldn’t have been more than two and a half when Sassy came on the scene. In fact, … Continue reading

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Afternoon Showers

As a married woman and a mother of two young children it occurred to me today that the series of events that brought me to this present life were afternoon showers. Maybe a dozen? Between wedding and baby showers I … Continue reading

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