When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons

When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons

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From the back seat of my car come the melodious sound of my children’s voices. “AHHHHH!! MOM!!! The battery on my tablet just DIED!”  “JACK! STOP IT!”  “Stop what?” “THAT! STOP!” “I’m not doing anything!”  “WHY WON’T YOU STOP!?!?” “MAMA!! My battery!!”  “MOM! Jack is annoying me, ON PURPOSE!” “No, NO, No, I’m not. Brenn is just angry because I…

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Peace: It’s a Gift, Not a Goal.

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I’m 37 years old now. That’s three short years away from 40. Earlier today it’s occurred to me, that the year I turn 40 will also be the year (supposedly) that our family receives a new Air Force assignment, packs up our worldly goods (and children, and dog) and moves away from Alaska. Thus, all the emotions about midlife and…

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Bible Study Meals (or “What We Eat When Cleaning Out the Pantry”): Scottish Soup…and an Update!

Bible Study Meals (or “What We Eat When Cleaning Out the Pantry”): Scottish Soup…and an Update!

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For the next two weeks my family will be playing a fun game called, “guess what’s in this dish?!”  (I’m confident that this is a well-known game for most moving families.) The rules are simple, just try and figure out how many ingredients Mom was able to pull from her pantry, freezer or fridge and mix together to form an…

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Megisms, Brennisms and Jackisms…When Laughing is Better than Crying (or being Frustrated : )

Megisms, Brennisms and Jackisms…When Laughing is Better than Crying (or being Frustrated : )

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Sorry for the radio silence friends. I’d planned a small holiday sabbatical but then God decided to upend our life with the news that we would be moving to Alaska! Thus, the sabbatical changed into “I’ll get to the blog when I have a free moment.” Ok, so remember when I said that I was struggling with the fact that…

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Holiday Gift Ideas for 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas for 2018

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Hello friends-who-hopefully-haven’t-already-done-ALL-their-shopping-and-still-need-a-few-ideas! : ) Last year we had a really great response to the two blog posts (here, and here) with gift ideas for children and adults. This year I’m taking the easy route and combining kid and adult into one post. Since Amazon is pretty much the only way we get anything in the Snyder household, all the links…

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Do I Condemn When I Should Show Compassion

Do I Condemn When I Should Show Compassion

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I’m reviving a post that I wrote a few years ago. I do this because yesterday I was re-convicted (is that a word?) about my attitude towards people I naturally tend to judge. Working in a city hospital means that I encounter many patients who have made lifestyle choices which seem to slowly and painfully demolish their lives. For the…

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Spain Trip Report: Cadiz and (Paul and Jack’s Strange Fascination with) Gibraltar

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I have been struck, many, many times, by the numerous similarities displayed by my eldest son and husband. For example, they both hate smiling for photographs, they both dislike large crowds of people, they both love math, they both take what people say very literally, they’re both absentminded, they both operate best when given a guide/list to help them navigate…

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