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Our daughter is in her junior year of high school. Up til now, she has been undecided about what she wants to do, but recently shared with me her desire to go to online art school. She wants to be a comic book designer, or an illustrator for children’s books. I think she has chosen a wonderful career that goes along beautifully with her strengths, but now we have to address the topic that most families hate to address: the college tuition and financial side of it all.

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My family is known for doing wild and crazy things during the holidays. Our motto is — “As long as we are together, we don’t care what we are doing”. That holds true for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day — whatever time of the year rolls around, we do our best at creating holiday family memories.

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My house is always full whenever the holidays roll around. We have parties, women’s groups, family and friends and more over about every other day. Because we live in an older home, my plumbing is not the best in the world, so the one thing I do not want to have to worry about during the holidays is a clogged toilet.
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One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is to read positive and uplifting stories to the kids at church. I am excited to share a new one with them that I just got in from #OrientalTrading – The Mouse and the Miracle.

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Halloween is right around the corner. Our church is taking part again in the annual Halloween outreach around our area. What this means for us, is– for about 3 hours, kids and adults from our church will put on skits, pass out candy, and enjoy fellowship with each other.

Because of that, we all, myself included, have to fuel up in order to make sure we can withstand all the time involved in our outreach project.

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I am always on the go. Not only am I a mother, but I am also a full time work from home mom, a youth leader, a praise team singer, a writer, a homeschool mom, a secretary for my husband and more. Seriously — I think I need to clone myself! Thankfully, there are snacks like Jif to Go Dippers to keep me satisfied when the hunger strikes during one of my many errands I run daily.

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I just returned from San Francisco last week, and I brought back a suitcase full of goodies. I shopped for all of my friends and I found beautiful sparkling coffee mugs to give to them. I didn’t just want to give them just a mug though, so I decided to fill each one with yummy Werther’s Originals Fall flavored caramels.

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My daughter has taught herself over the years how to draw and just recently, she has taught herself how to paint. She has discovered a love for creating art in the most wonderful way — and for her — it is how she creates a #HappiMess. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

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If you look at my momma and daddy and then look at all five of their children, you will notice the predominant gene in our family — red hair. My daddy tried hard to pass on his black haired gene, but only one of his kids got that — and the rest of us — well, we got my mom’s flaming red hair.

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This is the year for me that I said I was going to make some big changes — and over the past couple of weeks I have really started doing that. It started last week when my husband and I went to Gulf Shores. I just decided that I am truly sick and tired of always saying –that’s something I will never try or never do. So many cool things have happened to me over the last week — and it got me to thinking about something.

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