“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful”

Life is a balance of dreams and obligations. Both are necessary to happiness and success.  Dishes keep us grounded in reality with daydreams giving us aspirations to strive for.

Raising Readers

Passing along a love of reading to my children has always been a parenting goal of mine. I am an avid reader and have found that raising readers needed to be something I did intentionally, and not something they would just absorb by watching me. Here’s how we promote a love of reading in our…

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Summer Reading Fun

Summer is my favorite season for reading. In summer we shed the responsibilities of the school year and enjoy reading for the pure fun of it. There are a number of great printable and lists out there on the internet, and I’ll give you a list of some great ones at the end of this post.…

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Lawn Games for Family Fun

As the days grow longer, we begin to anticipate the lightened schedules of summer days. My soul longs to be outside. Even just for an late afternoon or evening in a lawn chair watching the kids play in the grass. Better yet, I think we’ll bust out some lawn games and play together! These games are…

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My Top 10 Favorite Cookbooks

I have a cookbook obsession. Of course, this is just a natural combination of my book collecting obsession and my passion for cooking. Of course, living in an apartment makes owning all these glorious cookbooks a challenge. Usually, I take advantage of the public library for books in general, and cookbooks specifically. This is my…

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Autism Diagnosis

Writing about the days surrounding our son’s autism diagnosis are always harder than I think they will be. Maybe it is because I begin knowing how the story progresses, and writing about the beginning reminds me how very scared we were. It reminds me that we were fortunate in many many ways, and that so…

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