Lessons in Encouragement | Listen

If encouragement is loosely defined as “offering someone hope, support, or confidence” then what does that look like?

What does “encouragement with skin on” look like?

One simple idea is to just listen.

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Mothering Mischief on my phone

By now, you know I love my mothering mischief.  Yesterday’s post on how thankful I am for my phone inspired a confession.

I have some of the worst photos of my kids on my phone!

It’s not that I’m a bad photographer, honest.  I can actually take some great photos when I need to.  (I can also take some really bad ones, but everyone does that).

No, these photos are the results of some mothering mischief.

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Ten Commandments of Car Line

Welcome to back to school season and the craziness that accompanies it.

If you’re looking for a little more encouragement, perspective, or just clean fun then I’ve got some great blog posts for you. I’ve rounded up all of my favorite school themed posts in one easy location just to make it easier to find them all.

10 commandments of car lineWith back to school in full swing, it’s time for moms and dads to spend an hour of their day in car line.  Oh joy.  We all love car line so much!

As a car line veteran, I have a few pointers I’d like to share with the newbies.

As a public service, of course.

I started to write the rules in a slightly different way.

  1.  We do not talk about car line.
  2.  We DO NOT talk about car line.

But I decided not to.  Instead, I give you this:

The Ten Commandments of Car Line

  1.  Thou shalt not honk. [Read more…]
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Hard Boiled Eggs-pirmentation again. I can’t stop myself

silly eggs-pirmentation with thishappymom.comHard Boiled Eggs Again? The egg — incredible, edible, and beautiful.  Are you sick of them yet?

For those of you who are totally egg-saspirated with my recent fascination with hard boiled eggs, please be patient with me.  It’s almost over.  I’ve been busy conducting a few eggs-piraments to see if I could find the most egg-cellent method for making hard boiled eggs.

Even if you don’t care a bit about hard-boiled eggs, you should read the post for all the egg-cellent puns.  Come on, you know you want to peep.  They’ll crack you up.  Chick it out.

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More Eggs-ellent discussion from the Eggy Egg-Heads

all about eggsThe “eggs conversation” with my MIL left me curious about some facts.  What eggs-actly were the proper handling guidelines for eggs?   I wanted to know whether the whole “leave the eggs on the counter” thing was safe or not.  I was also curious just how unsafe her advice was to leave hard boiled eggs on the counte overnight.

So, I googled “hard boiled eggs” because that’s the way I do all scientific research these days.  I checked out Pinterest, because I had a few extra minutes.  I learned some new stuff about eggs that blew me away!

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Silly Eggs-pirimentation – More eggy fun

I decided to see how else I could peel eggs besides the secret method revealed by mother-in-law.  This is probably a result of watching a few too many episodes of Mythbusters.   I love it when they blow stuff up and take things to ridiculous extremes, just because they can.  My family is genuinely entertained by exploding toilets and the scientific experiments involving body fluids.

Oh wait… eggs.

So, if I can’t open an egg by gently cracking the shell open and peeling it, how else can I do it? [Read more…]

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Everything you need to know about eggs?

Everything you need to know about eggs, according to my MIL.

I was talking with my mother in law (aka MIL, she knows I blog, but she is computer-phobic and won’t look) about eggs.   I probably do have a family member who will read this blog and tell her about what I wrote.  (Aunt A, I’m sorry I’m so sarcastic in my mind… that’s how God made me.  But at least now you know your sister’s secret for hard boiled eggs.)

I had asked that she share a few of her favorite recipes along with the stories behind them.  I love food stories.  I love how dishes become entwined in family history and take on almost mythological significance.  I love how the mere mention of a recipe (or smell or site or even just seeing the right ingredients together) can trigger a whole flood of emotion and memory.  I love how a shared dish can bind people together beyond explanation or reason.  Like my grandmother’s jam cake recipe, or my aunt’s angel salad, or my other aunt’s yeast rolls. … … … oh wait… eggs, right. [Read more…]

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