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Real Homegrown Pumpkins and Barn Cats

September 15, 2006
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Real Homegrown Pumpkins and Barn Cats

There are still things in life that are real.  I laugh when I read something on a food label that says something like “made with real cheese” or “contains real blueberries”  — as opposed to made with “fake cheese” and “fake blueberries” — ohh wait, that is possible right! Well, these are our real pumpkin…

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Think you had a bad day? Homeschooling mom of 12 in Germany Imprisoned

September 14, 2006
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Germany Imprisons Mum.  Dad and Kids Flee to Austria.  Since Hitler banned home schooling in Germany back in 1938, many Christian families have been persecuted on their Biblical stand of home education.  I have a great amount of admiration to these German families who have stood for what it right and still will not bow…

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Fall Gardening with Garbage Plants

September 11, 2006
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This year we decided to try year-round-gardening. This past spring/summer, the only things we managed to grow were tomatoes and marigolds and pumpkin plants. Today, I pulled the pumpkin plants we started a month or so ago being that the season has turned and is not providing them with the heat they need to grow.…

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Full Days out on a Farm

September 6, 2006
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Full Days out on a Farm

Since moving to our little 2 acre place in the country, I can’t remember a more busy time in my life involving multiple activities. I still have the usual laundry and cooking and babies. That in itself takes up more time in the day than there are hours. However, I have discovered that more things…

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Like I was saying —

September 6, 2006
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Like I was saying —

Sure it is just a baby snake…… But look what else My snake handling husband attempts to pick up a snake with my plant holder stake and a crossbow gun. A big black speckled king snake that he assures me is beneficial to have around! Crowd gathers with “OOOOO and AHHHHHH and WOWOWOWOW!!!” no response…I…

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Moving update

September 2, 2006
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We are still moving…. 😉  I am very busy with limited time.  There is so much to do.  Our biggest challenge is obviously space.  9 people in 1050 sq ft. of living space has been interesting but fun.  We are a closer family for sure…literally.  We remind ourselves that large families use to live in…

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Where are you?

August 26, 2006
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we are really moving this week……. I have gained some thoughtful insight that I do not yet have time to share… –big houses vs. small house living.  –just how much junk one can collect? and is it so necessary to clutter our lives with so much stuff!?!  –coming face to face with my lack of patience…

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Grocery Store Paid Me

August 9, 2006
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I know the grocery related posts are abundant, however, I am so thrilled about my new adventure into coupon land, it is hard to contain my excitement. Tonight, I  saved over $30 on my grocery trip.  I was getting some last minute things for our up and coming trip, when I spotted a sale sign…

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Grocery Savings Continue to Add Up: My savings highlights for last month

August 5, 2006
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Recently, I began my trial period of the Grocery Game (which was only a $1 to try it out for 4 weeks) and since then I have become coupon crazy.  I love a good deal and I am such a frugal person that something like the Grocery Game is great fun and excitement for me. …

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Labor and Work: Good for the body and soul

August 4, 2006
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Labor and Work:  Good for the body and soul

Even with all our house work (remodel), we have enjoyed working outside on gardens, vines, clearing land, tearing down falling-down outbuildings…. The children have thrived on full days of exercise, mud, working with tools, playing house and building all sorts of interesting things out of wood and nails or cardboard and sawdust. The toddlers “work”…

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Out of Service

August 2, 2006
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This month we take a huge leap into simplicity with a complicated twist.  We are selling our 2480 sq foot home and moving to a very cozy 1050 sq foot country home.  As you can imagine, or maybe not imagine, the logistics of large family living in small family quarters has me occupied beyond my…

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Impressive Grocery Savings: more couponing praises

July 26, 2006
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I am hooked! I have been trying out the grocery game trial period and I am loving it. I saved over $80 last week by using coupons and store sales. My savings equaled more than I spent and I was able to stockpile a few bottles of laundry soap and some boxes of toothpaste as…

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Grocery update

July 21, 2006
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I had a great shopping trip last night. I will soon post my savings as I am very excited about it — free toothpaste and cheerios for .99 cents a box — Yippee! I found out that you do not have to build your coupon supplies before using the grocery game system so I decided…

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More Alternative Grocery Shopping – The Art of Couponing

July 19, 2006
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I have run into a few people lately who are really good at couponing. While I do use coupons here and there, I have not pursued couponing as part of my homemaking career, however my interest in this art continues to soar as of late. Interestingly enough, a email digest for large families that I…

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A Cherry Pie

July 13, 2006
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A Cherry Pie

I finally made a cherry pie from the Cherries we recently picked off our tree.  Last year, I had the privilege of having my grandmother stay a few weeks with me.  One of the many things she taught me was how to make fruit pies.  In recent months, her sister also stayed with us and…

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