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On Starting Middle School

Cate Mezyk - August 30, 2016
dear daughter

Dear Avery, A week from today, middle school starts. Middle school – it’s crazy! How are you old enough for this? I know for certain that I am not ready for this. But you are. I’ve watched you grow and mature in incredible ways this summer. Whereas the tween years started out dicy for us, with lots of hormones going on, and mood swings to …

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On Being Braver

Cate Mezyk - August 11, 2016

You know how sometimes you read something, and suddenly it’s like you’ve been punched in the gut… in a really good way? The other day my friend Krista (a missionary living in Swaziland – you can read about my trip out there here) posted this photo, and it was like it was meant for me. Those words – “Do not pray for the hard things …

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What Is Wrong With People Anyway?

Cate Mezyk - July 26, 2016
Kissing my babies

The other day, I’m perusing Facebook (a dangerous habit, I know – it’s filled with the land mines of crazy people and their crazy thoughts at any given moment). Suddenly, a headline catches my eye: “Victoria Beckham kisses her daughter on the mouth and stirs up controversy!” Really people? This is controversial? We can’t kiss our kids on the mouth anymore? I think that we …

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Why Not Add More Crazy?!

Tammy Hiveley - July 7, 2016

I have a bad habit of being a bit too spontaneous. I react instead of carefully planning my next step. I’m a free spirit; what can I say? This time my spontaneity landed me right in the dog house. Literally. Last week my girls and I were at my parents for a couple of days. The girls were there to help paint and do odds and …

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The Habit of Prayer

Cate Mezyk - July 5, 2016
Jesus Centered Journal

My faith is super important to me. One of the best parts of my day is jump starting it with a conversation with God. Most mornings, I start my day that way – but it wasn’t always like that. In fact, there were many times when days went by before I realized I hadn’t spent any quiet time with the Lord at all. When you …

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Piggy Backer

Cate Mezyk - June 16, 2016
Rules for technology in our home

Today, I’m stealing something from Tammy. Yes, I’ve done this before (winter boots anyone?). Sometimes I just can’t seem to help myself. Perhaps it’s because Tammy and I just spend a lot of time together. Or maybe it’s just because she has some darn good ideas and I can’t stop myself from piggy backing off of them. I didn’t just steal this one from Tammy, …

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A Screen Free Summer Plan – PART TWO

Tammy Hiveley - June 9, 2016

When I’m not busy planning things over at the shop (click here to find it online) I’m taking back our lives. We will NOT be controlled by our screens. We’re going as ol’school as my family will allow. No need to start an all out Hiveley War, we can do this in a civilized manner I believe. Our PLAN (find our summer goals HERE): LET THE KIDS BE …

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You Used To Call Me On Your Cell Phone

Cate Mezyk - June 7, 2016
talk to me

Remember WAAAAY back in the day, when you heard the phone ring and a little thrill of anticipation went through you? Who was it for? Was it for you? And if so, who could it be? Part of the thrill was the not knowing. I remember the day I FINALLY got my own phone in my bedroom. My parents said I could choose between buying …

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All My Friends Are Doing It

Cate Mezyk - May 26, 2016
everybody

I’m eleven years into this parenting thing, and somehow I’ve managed to avoid this conversation until now. My kids wear uniforms to school, and every Wednesday they get to don their ‘spirit wear,’ which is essentially pajama pants and a tee. When my oldest started at our school, the only options for spirit wear were in their school color – hunter green. The pants were …

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