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Tone Up Week 7: Praise Him

During Week 6 of Tone Up, we focused on the tone we use with our kids, and more specifically, some strategies for using Scripture in our homes.  Here’s the video. Click over to the website if you’re in email. SO, just as a reminder, be sure to find Scriptures for each of your kids to […]

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Tone Up Week 6: Teacher Voice

Last week during Week 5 we all enjoyed hearing the wisdom of my friend Kerri who shared about using a positive tone in our marriages.  Here’s my brief synopsis of what we learned from her. I’m also adding a handout on encouragement that Kerri shared with us, which includes a lot of great Scripture. Encouragement Handout […]

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Tone Up Week 5: Build Up

This week has been a doozy with snow and ice and strep, so I am just going to cut to the chase since this post is already late. I’m not doing so great keeping a positive tone. ;( I am ready for them to all be healthy and back in school.  We talked about our […]

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Tone Up Week 4: The Difference Between Words and Tone

Welcome to Tone Up Week 4! As we reach almost the halfway point of our study, I’m finding that I am DEFINITELY paying a lot more attention to tone. How about you? The other day my youngest daughter Anika was explaining our bean jar to her cousin who was visiting. It was nice to know […]

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A Friend Who Loves Fondant

One of my friends has a birthday today (29 again I’m pretty sure.) She is currently living far away from me, which makes it very difficult for me to fulfill her one birthday wish, for fondant, something that it is difficult to obtain where she is currently living. SO, seeing as how she has taught […]

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Tone Up Week 3: Dog Vomit

Welcome to Week 3 of Tone Up. I’ve got lots of a great vlogs and links and verses and fun stuff to share today, so don’t get overwhelmed! (Mom, I’m talking to you. :)) Firstly, here’s the link to the closed FB group if anyone still wants to join. Quite a few are joining in […]

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Tone Up Week 2: Dissonance in Me

Welcome to Week 2 of Tone Up: Taming the Tone in Our Homes. Last week in our live group, we got the ball rolling with examining our own homes and adopting some small strategies to change the tone.  Here’s the vlog summary for those of you following along online. (Click over to the website if […]

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Tone Up: Taming the Tone of Your Home INTRO WEEK

A few weeks before Christmas, my family visited our friend’s church to hear him preach the Sunday sermon.  The church is a cutting edge, “seeker-type” that contrasts pretty strongly with our more traditional United Methodist church. We got our kids checked into the childcare and proceeded into the windowless, theater-style auditorium, pulsing with very contemporary […]

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A Ferry Tale

A few summers ago, when the kids were 8, 6, and almost 4, Jeremy and I decided to surprise them with a trip to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. After our week long vacation at the beach, we told the kids that instead of driving four hours home, we’d be driving to the ferry which would carry […]

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The Presence Your Family Really Wants This Year

(This is a rerun from 2012  when I was writing The Poorganic Life about eating real food on a budget.) I’ve been thinking about whether or not to write this post, as I’ve found myself facing a bit of writer’s block over the last few weeks.  See, here’s the thing.  This is the time of […]

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