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3 Reasons to Watch When Calls the Heart

I was hooked from the first ten minutes of the When Calls the Heart pilot movie, and I haven’t stopped watching since. Here’s the story line: Prim and proper Elizabeth Thatcher leaves her wealthy family (and servants and hot baths and indoor plumbing and extravagant wardrobe) in the east of Canada to become a schoolteacher in a tiny Wild West town called Coal Valley. Her family doesn’t want her to leave, but after a brief conversation with her father about life callings and heart tuggings, Elizabeth decides to leave her home behind and head west. (That all takes place in the … Read more

The Things Kids Say

One of the joys of parenting my 3-year-old is listening to her. She talks non-stop during her waking hours. Non. Stop. Some of the things she comes up with leave me speechless. Every day is an adventure. I am not alone. Other people’s kids come up with crazy things, too. I bet Daddy has some big ones. {It is exactly what you think.} Are you KIDDING me?! It’s like we’re on a date! You were fat. And I kicked you in the tummy. {OH MY. This one had me rolling.} Mom. You know those first people that God made? The … Read more

Living at Work: How Mothers Can Find Some Real Time Off

When was the last time you took a few minutes for yourself? I’d like to introduce you to Michelle, The Professional Family Manager. Her blog encourages women to feel proud about the hard work they do as mothers, promoting respect for the career of motherhood. You can follow her on Twitter as @Family_Manager. “It’s so nice to just sit down and relax for a moment and forget that in five minutes I have to get up, do the dishes, do the laundry, put the kids to bed, clean up this mess, and lay some clothes out for work tomorrow.” ~From … Read more

Being Silly with the Weebles

Grace is a silly kid. She giggles, jokes, and stumbles just to be funny.

And then she announces how funny she is, which sounds really strange coming from such a small person.

About a week ago, she saw a commercial for Weebles while watching tv with my dad. She was impressed. She was so impressed that she asked me to buy her some Weebles.

Little did she know, a huge box of Weebles toys were waiting at our home that very day.

When I agreed to review the Weebles toys, I was concerned that Grace might be too old for them. I knew that our January baby would love them before long, and I was excited to see the new version of my own beloved toys. But I wasn’t sure that Grace would be interested.

I was so wrong.

As Joe and I unpacked the box, Grace grabbed every Weeble. Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down! she giggled, wiggling and wobbling and falling down.

She named all of the people. She noticed that they all had numbers on their backs.

She experimented. She figured out that they will right themselves when placed upside down. She tried over and over to knock them down.

She was never successful.

You know, because Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.

Then Grace and Joe got the music going in the musical treehouse.

And the dancing began.

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