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Back to Basics: Our Three Family Rules

I'd like to say I am writing this post from a place of parental inspiration and accomplishment, but quite the opposite is true. Last week was rough in the Coon household. Rough as in pushing boundaries, eye rolling, unkind words, laziness, selfish ambition. You know, all those qualities that ...

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A High School Graduate and a Bedroom

Two weeks ago I knew I needed to write this post.  For one, I've been wanting to show photos of our oldest son's recent room refresh, and Two, I know I'm not the only one nurturing and training up a child who doesn't quite fit "the mold."  As our oldest son's high school graduation draws ...

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Goals and Circumstance

In April, I walked away from this blog, purged my overflowing paint room, and figuratively set my creative self aside until further notice.  I encouraged myself with thoughts like: "This is the answer.  Finally God is speaking clearly through circumstances.  Today, at this moment, I ...

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Lessons I’ve Learned About Blogging and Home

I've been picking away at this blog for over five years now.  It began with dreams of beautiful home photos, helpful DIY tutorials, and a longing to be included in a community of like-minded bloggers whom I respect and admire. In actuality, my blogging road has been somewhat lonely. I've ...

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A Studio for Mom ~ Part 1

After shuffling three children out the door at three different times this morning, I spent 30-45 minutes walking through the house finally putting things away from last weekend. Take down the birthday banner?  Check.  Put away string, scotch tape and push pins used to hang banner (stuffed ...

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Embracing Fall

For those of you who know us, you also know our home is looking a bit different these days.       With the addition of two little nieces and a nephew, our home is sporting a lot of Hello Kitty, Legos, markers, and matchbox cars. But also a lot of laughter and ...

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Book Page Wreath

When the music fades.........and all is stripped away......My soul often finds rest in creating. After hugging our last summer guests good-bye yesterday morning, I spent the day reconnecting with my home and allowing myself to wile away the hours with no real purpose or agenda. And as is so ...

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Moms & Master Bedroom

Sometimes I lay my head on the pillow at night and wonder where on earth the day went....how another day managed to pass with still so many things on my to-do list?I try to rationalize by reminding myself of the progress I have made ~ the little things I accomplished that day to be present, to be ...

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DIY Balance Beam

Recently we tackled the construction of a DIY Balance Beam for my daughter's 9th birthday.Purple, no less :)Following is a detailed step-by-step guide as to how we went about building it.  **Note: This project does involve cutting and welding steel.  If you have a husband who loves to build things, ...

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School Days Begin

Gabriel, Isaac and Amaya ~Oh, how my heart overflows with love for you three.  Today began another year of homeschool, another season of Bible reading and memorization, Latin prefixes, cone and sphere volumes, multiplication tables, rises and falls of empires, synthesis of atoms and molecules, ...

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