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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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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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What to Do With Your Parents When They Come to Visit? Here are 5 Great Ideas

Back in the day, when the kids were little, my parents and grandmother would come visit our family and end up working pretty hard. They did everything from clean the baseboards to babysit the kids! Now, when my parents come for a visit, I like to throw out the welcome mat, show them around the city and have fun just being together.  Of course, there are some limitations. It's hard to accept that our hardworking parents are getting older. But, hey, Jack? So what if we have to plan around restroom accessibility and the

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Austin’s Independent Bookstores

With National Independent Bookstore Day approaching (every year on the last Saturday in April), I wanted to check out what Austin has to offer. While I've never been a collector of unique or rare books, I've always loved books. The more the merrier, too. I can't pass a neighborhood garage sale without stopping to see what someone else had read and is about to sell for a bargain price. One thing my husband couldn't part with when we moved downtown is the coffee-table size pictorial history of Phillips 66 that I found for him

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#12 – 66 Bible Verses to Memorize

(Note: This is verse #12 of 66 that I’m memorizing this year with my granddaughter – one verse from each book of the Bible. Links to the previous verses can be found below.) 2 Kings 8:19 Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever. Remember when our children grew out of their cribs and started sleeping in their big boy or big girl beds? We decorated the walls, bought new bedding, added a toy box, and

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