Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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In my book, Franz is a champ
In my book, Franz is a champ

In my book, Franz is a champ

Franz The past weekend was the culmination for many high school athletic teams as they participated in one state championship performance or another. The Hillsboro High School track and field team was no different, as it descended on the campus of Wichita State University to compete for various titles in Cessna Stadium. I?ve always held the state track meet in […]

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Failures can turn into blessings

?Don?t be so hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes…. Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking that you should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, […]

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It?s OK to relive your past

There tends to be two kinds of quotes about the past: those that tell you to forget it, and those that tell you to learn from it. The saying, ?When the past calls, don?t answer. It has nothing new to say,? can be found all over social media. The implication of the quote is pretty clear. Forget the past. All […]

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