Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Run from the comparison trap

With track season in full swing once again, my kids have spent time with babysitters, grandparents and daddy, but they?ve also been able to come with me to practice on occasion. As long as it isn?t a bitterly cold and windy day, I never mind having my kids down at the field with me. Sometimes they run and play on […]

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Discipline not for faint of heart

?If I only tell my kids what they can and can?t do, I?m establishing rules for them to follow. This is a part of parenting for sure, but it can?t be the whole part. If I teach them how to think, I?m establishing healthy processing patterns that will serve them when they?re no longer under my immediate watch.? ?LYSA TERKEURST […]

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Our children need advocates

A little more than two weeks ago, Gov. Brownback announced a 1.5 percent allotment affecting all public schools in the state for this budget year. This cut, mandated by Gov. Brownback without need for legislative approval, takes $28.3 million from Kansas schools, equating to $38,000 for Unified School District 410. And that?s just the first wave. The Legislature approved a […]

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Restoration pinned for 2015

Hello. My name is Malinda, and I?m addicted…to Pinterest. OK, so maybe that?s not the juicy gossip you?re looking for, but it?s the best I can do. Other social media?Facebook, for instance?I could take or leave. Twitter? Never tried it. Instagram? No account there either. But Pinterest, with its beautiful photos of spectacular organization, lovely homes, clever tips, recipes and […]

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It’s been spaghetti time lately

It?s 9:15 p.m. on Sunday night. The deadline for my column is…soon. And this is only the third sentence. But before you start feeling bad for me, I will confide something. I planned it that way. I?m not really a procrastinator, but lately I?ve been focused on another job in directing the Ebenfeld Men?nonite Brethren Church children?s Christmas program. It […]

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Wounds need car jack, not time
Wounds need car jack, not time

Wounds need car jack, not time

After getting past the general disappointment bedtime always seems to bring?no matter that it comes at the same time every evening, there are always moans and groans?it becomes an endearing time for our family. We cuddle and read books with babies in footies. We tuck each child in under special blankets and we place each child?s worn stuffed animal into […]

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Teamwork key for our success

Even though my husband has been eating Paleo (carbohydrate free) since March?and in effect I am as well?there?s something about fall that makes me want to bake. So Sunday evening found me in the kitchen whipping up a batch of apple streusel muffins to eat alongside As with almost all baking projects in the Just household, there is plenty of […]

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Fair now is a favorite tradition

When I was 10, my mom brought me to the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair for the first time. I remember that day well. My initial impression was that Hillsboro had to be the biggest town I?d ever seen. My second reaction was to be bored out of my little mind. I decided somewhere along Main Street, amid what seemed […]

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Use soap in sticky situations

I returned from the grocery store only to hear wails coming from the girls? upstairs bedroom. My quick assessment assumed a fight was under way, so before heading into the battle zone, I took my bags to the kitchen. That was when I caught a glimpse of Dad, outside with two children. Wait. What? Who was fighting upstairs then? I […]

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Seeking ?balance? on vacation

Vacation is extremely telling about the family involved. You have the great moments, of course. The moments when the kids are in the back of the van, giggling up a storm because they are so excited. The moments when your family all slows down at the same moment to take in a particularly spectacular view. The moments of victory as […]

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