11 Gifts for Little House Lovers (under $20!)

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Pretty much every homeschooled little girl I’ve ever met has had a Little House phase. Is this because we Mommas also have a Little House obsession buried in our hearts? Maybe. But few things are as sweet as seven year-old girls pining for an apron, or asking if they can try Johnny Cakes like Laura and Mary. (I’ll save my thoughts on batting around pig bladders.)

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“We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.”– G.K. Chesterton

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Feeding the People {a large family’s 2 week menu with recipe links)

January started out with a bang for us; not only are we in need of a meeting what feels like an impossibly large deductible for an unforeseen roof repair, we also found ourselves on the hook for a van repair totaling nearly as much… in addition to some other financial stuff we knew was coming. Suffice it to say, it’s a beans and rice kind of month for our family. Thankfully, we all really like beans. And rice. And not only can I get wicked creative when it comes to combining the two, I am also blessed to have a stockpile of frozen meat and berries in the freezer, hens laying nearly a dozen eggs per day, twenty pounds of potatoes, and plenty of butter, flour, and other staples. No one’s going hungry here, no matter how lean the bank account might look!

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For nearly half of my life, I’ve been a mother. It’s one of my primary roles; it’s the one many people associate me with most, I think. Of course, I am also a wife. That’s probably my defining hat, if you were to really get down to it.

But the title I’ve held longest? Daughter.

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