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The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

A while ago I wrote a post about some of the annoying things people say to returned missionaries, which you can find here if you didn’t read it. I got responses from fellow TCKs and missionaries who knew just what I meant, but I also had people asking what things should be said. It’s a hard question to answer. You know, ranting is a lot easier than guiding people along the paths of righteousness and good etiquette. 🙂 That’s why my blog…

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12 Days of Love Letters

12 Days of Love Letters

Have you ever gotten a handwritten letter that just completely made your day? To be honest, pretty much every one I get makes my day. There’s nothing quite like checking your mail on a mundane day, expecting nothing but bills and yet another Mary Kay advertisement, and finding a handwritten note from a faraway (or near) friend. Now, imagine it’s nearing Christmas time, and your life has just been really hard lately. You’ve been struggling with depression, or your mother…

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Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Happy Saturday! So, what are you doing with your weekend? I’m going to help my mother attack the painting at the house my parents are remodeling. Also, I’m inordinately excited about the cooler weather predicted, and hope to take advantage of it in a park tomorrow. Picnics float my boat. Many of you all are new here, so I wanted to say welcome to the party. Drop a comment below telling me how you arrived here, and what you’d like…

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Life On My Own

Life On My Own

My roommate Lyn is gone for the summer, and I am busy checking “living alone” off my 30-Before-30 list. If you are looking for a helpful guide to aid you in making the decision of whether to have roommates or not, I have written one up for you. So here goes, pros and cons of living alone.   Pro. Quiet mornings without hearing anybody else. Con. Quiet evenings in which the creaks of the house are amplified.   Pro. You…

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Relating to Someone Who Just Broke Up

Relating to Someone Who Just Broke Up

Have you ever had a friend break up and felt yourself at a complete loss for words? It’s hard to know if you should mention their ex, pretend like the relationship never happened, give them space, ask questions, or what! You want to help, but without experience, you don’t know how to make it better. A couple years ago, I was in a serious relationship for the better part of a year. The breakup was a best case scenario, ending amicably and…

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Dealing With Small Talk

Dealing With Small Talk

I’m fine, thanks for asking. I am 5′ 8″, maybe 9″. No, I don’t play volleyball. I’m from North Carolina. I work in finance. Yes, the weather is beautiful. Now that we have that out of the way, can we get down to business? I dislike meeting strangers, and I think it’s mostly because I hate making small talk. Wikipedia defines small talk as, “An informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation…” Does that…

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Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Aging. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it. We humans try desperately to cling to the remaining vestiges of our youth in an attempt to ignore the inevitable. As I’m practically a babe in the woods still, I don’t have much experience with aging. And yet, I find it knocking on my consciousness in unexpected ways. At Youth Retreat, when I watch all the sixteen-year-olds cavort about and I just want to go to bed, suddenly I feel old. When I…

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Lakelyn Danielle

Lakelyn Danielle

Lakelyn brought the score to an even five nieces/five nephews, and she has been such a fun baby. She is not a year old yet, so there’s still much to learn about her personality, but she already has a great sense of humor, and I look forward to hearing what she has to say when she learns to speak.   She grew herself four little bunny teeth, and they make her cheesy grin completely heart-melting. Lake is energetic and bouncy and vivacious,…

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Alyssa Serene

Alyssa Serene

Alyssa was born in the yard, too anxious to see the world to wait on the ride to the clinic. The winter she was an infant was a crazy one for her family, involving multiple moves, and fights with house mold and pneumonia. But she was the most serene baby you could have wished for through it all. She is not too quick to make friends, but when she deigns to grace you with a smile, and even better, when…

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Leilani Skye

Leilani Skye

When Leilani Skye was born, the second of the cousin triplets, I fell in love with her name before I even met her. Leilani means “Heavenly flower”, and if you’ve met her, I think you’ll agree she is aptly named. Ani is delightfully sweet, and just as adorable as can be (in my completely unbiased opinion, of course). She is also beginning to talk, and is at such a fun stage- repeating words in her tiny little voice, and spouting…

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Hudson Istenes

Hudson Istenes

Before Hudson was born,  I knew Roman and Mimi’s children would be completely darling. I was not mistaken. Hudson is serene and placid and super laid back, seldom getting his feathers ruffled. He makes friends easily, and if he takes a fancy to you he might come running up with his arms outstretched, as if you’re his best ever friend. He also loves dancing to music or to the sound of the KitchenAid mixer- whichever is available. Basically, he is a…

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