A Very Merry Christmas

December 26, 2013 The Christmas Story
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I’ve normally been a bit more ‘prompt’ in posting a Collie Family Christmas Card of sorts — to send cheer and warmest wishes to you friends and readers I hold so dear. But I juggled a few new special privileges this Christmas season and the time for sitting down for a Christmasy-year-end-wrap-up didn’t permit. So […]

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The Christmas Story: The Beginning and the End

December 16, 2013 The Christmas Story
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I love a good story. And one of my favorite parts of homeschooling the Bear has been getting introduced to new stories in the children’s books selected for the Five in a Row Literature series. We read a new book every day for a week and pull out different things to discuss: perhaps a science […]

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With Love for Madiba

December 6, 2013 South Africa
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Last night, Mark and I read the news for the first time — that South Africa lost her greatest son, as Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. In South Africa, he was affectionately referred to by two special names from the Xhosa language: his tribal name, Madiba, and Tata, meaning father. Perhaps […]

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The Christmas Story: Oh Night, Divine

December 2, 2013 The Christmas Story
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Hi guys and gals! As we count down the days to Christmas, I’m looking forward to writing about The Christmas Story. Not “A Christmas Story” with Ralphie in the bunny pajamas, although I love that movie, but The Christmas Story, the coming of the long-awaited Messiah nearly two thousand years ago.  But first, I need to […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 The Good Word
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It seems like the clever scheme of a cunning enemy — the thick and looming web of consumerism, woven to cast an eerie fog over a holiday completely rooted in not shopping and the getting of many things, but in taking stock, counting blessings, giving thanks for what you already have. Be sober and vigilant, dear […]

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Gorgeous Christmas Cards :: A {Minted} Giveaway

November 25, 2013 Giveaways
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I’m totally pumped to share this gorgeous company I just made the acquaintance of with you guys. AND equally pumped that one of you will win $50 to spend however you please at their magically delicious website. The company is called Minted, and they are about the business of uncovering design genius — connecting designers around […]

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Our Third First Birthday {& the Goosewaddle Winner}

November 15, 2013 Giveaways
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Not interested in small talk? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the Goosewaddle Giveaway winner! Last night, after dinner, I felt like I was coming to the end of a loooong day of mistakes. I’d forgotten to put the stirring wands in the bread maker, and as you can imagine, if the […]

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Swim Your Own Race

November 14, 2013 The Good Word
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Hey friends! I hope you’ve taken a moment to enter this Goosewaddle Giveaway! You can earn up to three entries but it ends at midnight tonight! The Hubs and I were both competitive swimmers a wee while ago. I swam on my high school swim team, and really enjoyed it, but swimming was never more […]

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