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Advent Conspiracy Update

December 23, 2013
Advent Conspiracy

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in Joe & Leila’s Advent Conspiracy Coffee Stand.  With your help in person and online, they raised $575!  That is enough to feed 11 kids in Malawi for all of 2014 and provide a lifetime of clean drinking water to their families.  What […]

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Advent Conspiracy Coffee Stand is Open!

December 21, 2013
Advent Conspiracy Coffee Stand - Buy a virtual cup!

Joe and Leila set up their Advent Conspiracy Coffee Stand this morning to raise money for kids in Malawi. Some friends came to help out, and they ended up raising $237.61. So far. Many of you have asked how to buy a virtual cup of coffee, so I wanted to let you know that you […]

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I’m Considering Homeschooling. Related: I’m wondering if I’m crazy.

December 18, 2013
Considering Homeschooling - InspiredRD.com

We recently found out that Jeff got a promotion (Yay!) and that we will be spending our summer in Montana (Double yay!).  He will be the pitching coach for the Missoula Osprey, a short-season rookie team that runs from mid-June to the beginning of September. We are thrilled about this opportunity.  It’s great for Jeff, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, from my turkeys to yours.

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When life is crazy, it’s time to empty your plate.

November 7, 2013
When life is crazy, empty your plate.

I’m sitting here in the middle of a messy living room.  Toys and coloring pages all around me.  Shelves begging to be dusted.  Ironing board in the corner, clothes piled high. When life looks like this I get the unshakable urge to simplify.  To purge.  To toss anything and everything we don’t absolutely need. And […]

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Homecoming…and rest

November 3, 2013
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Jeff just returned from a 15-day trip to Malawi, Africa.  He met the kids that you helped feed through our Advent Conspiracy coffee stand, and even drank water out of the new boreholes you helped fund.  The team he was with also helped over 700 people see clearly for the first time by running multiple […]

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An open letter to experienced moms

October 8, 2013
An open letter to experienced moms.

When we’re young, we see our future parental life through rose colored glasses and make statements like, “My child will never do that.”  We wrinkle our noses at kids in pajamas with wild hair and messy faces at the grocery store.  We sigh and roll our eyes at crying babies on airplanes.  We naively believe […]

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Smartphones: Where do you draw the line?

August 24, 2013
Smartphones: Where do YOU draw the line?

If you have two minutes, watch this short film about Smartphones. Does your life look like this?  Do you identify with any of these scenes? I do. It’s like I live my life worried that if I didn’t document something, it didn’t really happen. Obviously this is a lie I have bought into.  Ick. But […]

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Indoor Boredom Buster Idea – Make Your Own Mini Golf Course

August 4, 2013
Make your own Mini Golf Course - Rainy day (or snow day or heat day) activity from InspiredRD.com

I was tempted to call this a “rainy day activity” but when it rains at our house, we don’t stay inside.  We do this: While most of you have to come up with boredom busters in the rainy and snowy months, our indoor activities take place in the summer when it’s one hundred million degrees […]

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I have an announcement

July 19, 2013
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Attention World,  I have an announcement to make: MY KID CAN NOW READ. He reads all the time.  He reads everything out loud, and with great gusto. So if you wouldn’t mind, please put away all of your F-bomb t-shirts and hateful bumper stickers. And while we’re at it, I’m going to need all of […]

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