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Anthropologie Stocking DIY

Christmas is full of traditions. Every year before Christmas, my favorite store, Anthropologie, and I have a tradition: they roll out their new Christmas stockings and I put them in my cart and, once I see the price for 6 stockings, I panic & remove them. I continue to stalk them for the rest of the holiday season until they sell out. It’s our tradition. Their stockings are just so textural & wonderful. Expensive, but pretty. Sigh. source Those Anthro…

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Dining Room Chairs, Take 1

For the past five years, we’ve been using dining chairs from Craigslist. They were cheap and they held people. The end. I haven’t been in the mood (for the past five years) to look for new ones. Sure, they were uncomfortable and the top rail dug into my back if I sat there too long, but they were fine. Just fine. A few weeks ago, I was walking through Home Goods and I saw them. They beckoned me, like the…

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Five.

This week, we celebrate Marielle turning five. The story of Mari has always been a bit complicated for me. She was not a child that we planned, which is a very kind way of saying that finding out about a fourth child sent me into a complete tailspin. I contemplated finding a really nice home for her with competent parents who would be able to raise her, because I certainly didn’t feel up to it. I reasoned that I am…

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Safe Families

So we have five kids now–for awhile, that is. At the end of April, I received an email from Safe Families about a baby boy. Safe Families is a faith based, volunteer-driven nonprofit that supports people who don’t have extended family available/able to help with their children during a crises or transition. The mission of Safe Families is to create family-like support through volunteers (called Host Families) who help with children for a period of time to keep families intact.…

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