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Once again my guest blogger is my daughter in law, Becky. 

My son and his wife inspire me with their minimalist lifestyle. I like what it represents: less work, less stress, less chaos. I'm just trying to figure out how to do it with this crew. 

I have desired for years to sort, to simplify, to shrink the amount of stuff. Becky's blogs have put words to it and shown me that it is attainable. And it makes good sense.

Can't get it to go live for some reason, but it's worth the time to paste it into your browser.


I was scrolling down my Facebook page and found this blog that happened to be by my daughter-in- law.  Needless to say, she is my guest blogger today.

These two amaze me--my son and his wife.  Though it was challenging to be a minimalist with a dozen people in my house, now that I am down to nine, I might be able to figure it out.  At any rate, their frugal, simple lifestyle inspires me.  

Mama's Maxims

Around our house, a new year always stirs up talk of new goals.  Here are my goals- some old, some new- for 2015.  

Mama's Maxims

I will not scold happy noise. 

I will, without apology,  be the nutrition, hygiene, and screen police.

I will increase book and board game time and decrease screen time in my home. 

I will not tolerate back talk in any form, includingduh, huh, or a rolling of even half an eyeball.

I'm the mother, I'm the mother, I'm the mother. 

There It Is.

Sitting in church last Sunday, I inspected our seats to see if eight of the ten kids had arrived. (Hope was in the nursery, and our oldest and his wife are still sparring with winter in frozen North Dakota.)  One, two, three....six, seven, eight. My eyes followed to the end where Captain Fun, my husband of 28 years, finished off the row.  Every single chair was occupied by a Sims.  

Suddenly, I was struck with the wonder of it: There it is. What I have wanted since I was nine years old.

The Scholarship Diva Returns.

She's back, and with one going to college next year, I'm listening.  If you haven't met The Scholarship Diva, here she is. And she knows her stuff. 


I have not been an active blogger lately, but many of you have been active readers and hunters!  It's always exciting to get your emails and see new followers and "likes" on Facebook.  Web activity makes me feel like I'm meeting a need and giving families hope for finding money for college.
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