All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

We’ve Reached a Milestone! (66 Verses #25)

Kynzie and I have made it to our first big milestone on our scripture memory journey! We’ve now memorized 25 verses together!!! Woo-hoo!!! It has taken time, but not that much. It's taken effort, but it's surprisingly not that overwhelming. It's been hard, but not impossible. We may not make our goal of 66 by the end of the year, but, hey, we've already gotten to #25! Do you know what’s been the hardest part? It’s not remembering the book of the Bible where the verse is found. It’s not the succession of the words in the

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12 Ways to Entertain Your Grandkids in Austin

“The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.” - Dave Barry Florida or Texas - Orlando or Austin - grandparents really, actually, of course, love to be with their grandchildren, and if yours is coming to stay a week this summer, well, I know you can hardly wait. Unless ... you can't think of a thing in the world to do when they arrive. Will they be bored? Will they love what you've

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An Italian Wine Pairing Experience at Numero 28

Not too long ago, I declared myself to be a trendspotter. Does anyone remember why??  No? It's ok. I'll remind you.  There's a definite trend going on downtown. If-a you speak-a some Italiano, you might-a know what I'm-a talking about-a. Italian restaurants are the most happening spots for downtown dining right now. It's a trend, all right. Spotter here. Calling it. (Just let me revel in my rightness for two seconds and I'll be done. Promise.) We were introduced to this very cute Italian eatery by some new friends who

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5 Ways to Make Your Stepkids Glad You Married Their Mom

Being a parent is the hardest job. Unless you're a stepparent. That's even harder.  Raising your own children from diapers to dating is super hard. Raising someone else's children - from 8-18 should be easier, right? The baby years have already been toughed out by someone else. Kids are resilient. Look how well they get along with their friends. This blended family thing can't be all that hard, thinks every soon-to-be-stepparent everywhere.  Oh, yes, it can.  Today is Father's Day, and if you're a stepdad, you deserve not only

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Top Ten Best Desserts in Austin

If there had been a university in all the land which offered a "Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dessert," I would have enrolled, made straight A's and proudly framed the diploma on a wall in my kitchen. My parents would have played bridge with their friends, discussed all the children's lives and have been able to do their share of bragging about me. "Oh, she's doing so well in school! But do pray for her. She's studying for an especially difficult exam this week on creme brulee and chocolate cake." Actually, with my very best Downton

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What are You Getting Your Dad for Father’s Day?

What are you getting your dad for Father's Day?  Have you been thinking about it for a while? Maybe you've already asked Dad what he'd like to have this year. That certainly makes things easy! However, if the father or father figure in your life is a little more like mine, i.e., "I really don't need anything," then maybe you can find something in the following list that he needs (or wants) more than he really knew. Sock of the Month Club Since 2012, when yet another successful Austin start-up started up, Sock of the Month

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How to Move Your Son to Austin (or Anywhere), Mid-Junior Year, and Not Live to Regret It

How do you move a teenage boy across the state of Texas, from the top... to the middle... From the flat lands of the Panhandle, where he knows everyone and shows pigs for fun ... To the hills of central Texas where he knows no one and never thought about learning to paddleboard? Have you ever, ever, ever, in your cross-legged life sat around the picnic blanket with other moms and dreamily discussed moving your kids to a new city once they hit the midpoint of junior year? Neither have I. It's one of those subjects.

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#15 – 66 Faith-Building Bible Verses to Memorize

The most complicated watch ever created, and the most expensive watch to be sold at auction is the Patek Philippe $11 million pocket watch pictured above. It took five years to build, and for that amount of money, it surely tells really good time. I just love a pretty watch. The bigger the face, the better. The more bling around the circumference, the prettier I think it is. It doesn't have to be expensive, either. Just big and blingy. Accuracy would be nice, as well, although I have been known to wear a pink watch that didn't

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The 5 Restaurants Next Up On My List to Try

If you're a list-maker, list-taker, list-lover like I am, you might also have a list of all the restaurants you've tried, liked, loved - or wouldn't recommend to anyone. I have such lists, and in the same order as the previous categories, my lists are long, long, long and short. Here's why. It's not hard for me to find something I like at pretty much any restaurant.  Especially in Austin. While I definitely have developed a detailed list of favorites, I'm always game for trying some grub at a new spot or checking an

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Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mom?

Since 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into national observance, the second Sunday in May has been the day to celebrate our moms. Out of all the Sundays in the year, I wonder how Mr. Wilson chose this one. Did he and his wife, Ellen, discuss it? Did he ask the mother of his three daughters when she thought might be the best Sunday for Americans to celebrate their beloved mothers from now until forever? I have no idea! However, if you ask me, he did good.  Winter is gone, and spring has come. Frost has

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