Articles By: Malinda Just

All about traditions this Christmas

Over the weekend, Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church revived an old Christmas tradition?door-to-door caroling. Apparently, years ago, the Ebenfeld youth group gathered in Hillsboro following the church?s annual Christmas Eve program to spread some Christmas cheer. The teenagers, along with the youth leaders, caroled around the community all through the night. Around 2 a.m., the group was fed, and then the […]

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Thankful amid a high-stress year

A fresh take. That?s what I wanted to accomplish when I first began thinking about my topic for this month?s Lipstick and Pearls. It was obvious what I had to write about. November is all about Thanksgiving. But I wanted innovation. Some quick-witted adeptness. This is what I came across instead: ?They began now to gather in the small harvest […]

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Book fetish catching on with kids

I?ve said it before, and I?ll say it again: I love books. If given the time, I can hammer through a solid 200-plus page novel in a day. Although the opportunity for several uninterrupted hours of reading a big-girl book has eluded me since my 2-year-old was born. Now I read in rhyme. And most stories have animals as protagonists. […]

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Finding self in the daily adventure

With some rare, but always welcomed, alone-time, I found myself browsing through Et Cetera Shop. I wasn?t looking for anything in particular; I was more just relishing in some quiet time. My usual tag-alongs were in the capable hands of great-grandma, and after a fast trip to the grocery store, I decided to stop at the thrift store so as […]

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Whatever happened to chivalry?

Like any writer, I?m always on the lookout for good subject matter. As you can probably tell, I enjoy writing about my daughters. But I also enjoy re-hashing humorous or otherwise entertaining material through this column. Just last week, in fact, I stood amid the perfect storm of column material. Here are the key components. The five Ws. Who? My […]

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An answer to our story problem

?This year, your brother Jack will be two years from being twice as old as your sister Jen. The sum of Jack?s age and three times Jen?s age is 66. How old is Jen?? If you?re like me, your palms are sweating and you?re contemplating a trip to the medicine cabinet to treat an inevitable headache. The combination of the […]

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Questions greet the arrival of a baby

?What are you doing, Mommy?? ?What do you see, Mommy?? ?What?s that, Mommy?? Life with my toddler, Gracelyn, brings about all sorts of inquisition?all day, every day. But life with our newest addition, a 1-month-old daughter named Jemma, brings about another line of questioning?resulting in multiple, individual conversations that follow a very similar pattern. First, the obligatory congratulations, followed by, […]

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May marks end of birth countdown

Editor?s note: Malinda Just gave birth to a daughter, Jemma Elise, on Wednesday, May 12. She, daughter and family are doing well. ? It?s finally May! And while I generally wouldn?t put an exclamation mark behind such a dull and obvious statement, I want to convey how excited I am that I can now put those words together. You see, […]

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Writing urge has spilled into a blog

Once upon a time. That?s how great stories begin. And that?s how I began my very first blog post. Yes, I?m officially blogging. I probably should have started three years ago during our first pregnancy. Or at least after our daughter?s birth. Or maybe after we spent time in the hospital with our daughter right after her first birthday. Instead, […]

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March is great for multiple reasons

Even though at the moment I write this, the sky is gloomy and the wind is blustery from the north, March is a great month. For some of you, March is great because of the ensuing Madness. I don?t tend to get hyped because of basketball, but I will fill out a bracket. My strategies?pick some underdogs, pick some cool-sounding […]

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