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Dear Blog I am sorry DIYplus5 happened


Dear Blog, I’m so sorry I have neglected you.  It has been almost a month since I wrote to you. So many things (#DIYplus5) have happened. Our very old and tired septic system needed to be replaced.  This was quite the feat.  While this was being fixed – our poor poor  Texas a/c went to her grave. After contacting our home warranty people they said they would fix it.  (Another reason that home inspections pay
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Our Moving Story, which I pray we never do again


After years of living in the Rio Grande Valley, our address has changed. Years ago, we moved to to border of Mexico and Texas for mission work.  We were much younger then.  We had little babies and lived on faith in Jesus (we still do.)  We would coordinate with non-denominational churches (mostly) and lead them for short term mission trips on the border.  We loved it! My spiritual gift is mostly administration and my husband’s
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Our house tour


Since we are moving and we have finally finished our remodeling our home – we are thrilled to give you Our House Tour!  Please take time to look at all the links and they will take you to the before photos. This post has taken 10 plus years to really finish.  So grab a cup of java or ice tea and enjoy! We have been remodeling the last 4 years and it gives us great
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Moving with 5 kids is not for wimps


What a morning!  Or week! Moving with 5 kids is not for wimps.  We are staying sane by keeping our eyes on the Master! It is Tuesday and we will be homeless on Friday.  (For a couple of days, maybe 5 depending if our Title company gets all the necessary paperwork.) Peace and Calming Essential Oil by Young Living is being whiffed constantly.  I used to despise this particular oil because it smells like licorice
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We are leaving our home


I just looked at the calendar and realized how short of time we have in this place we have called home for the last decade. We have 12 days till we close and the new owners can move in. 12! We have raised our babies in this home. They have learned how to walk here, how to use the potty, how to say Mommy or Daddy, how to read their first book, how to write
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Staycation Ideas


Have you ever planned a Staycation? A Staycation is a vacation while staying in your city or close to you.   Yesterday, I listed a list of things to do when you are in South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley – McAllen, South Padre Island, Brownsville and other local areas. A – D Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet
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Staycation Ideas for McAllen Texas and the Rio Grande Valley


Staycation Ideas for McAllen Texas and the Rio Grande Valley including Brownsville, South Padre Island and other local areas Updated for 2014! Our family loves to travel TEXAS! We have traveled all over the Texas/Mexico border from Brownsville to El Paso and even up to Paris, with all the little cities in between. We have seen some pretty areas and plus we love to travel the off beat paths.  The Rio Grande Valley is an
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Homeschool Conference in Dallas


Do you homeschool?  Or do you know someone who does? There is a brand new conference coming to Dallas, Texas next month, June 26 – 28th. I love homeschool conferences.  Even when I didn’t homeschool, I went and they were just so uplifting.  I refer them as “encouragement booster shots” for homeschool parents. Many times homeschool teachers feel alone and are left wondering if they are doing the best for their child.  At a homeschool
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