A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

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If you missed last week, when I shared a letter to my eventual son in law, you may want to go back and have a look at that letter to give you an idea of why I’m bothering to write these letters in the first place. To sum it up: I have hopes and dreams for my kids and I want the person each of them ends up marrying to know a little about what my expectations are. Even though I only have about 11 years of marriage under my belt and a little less than five as a parent, I want to capture my thoughts now and share the wisdom I can offer today because I know at least a few of you reading this right now are about to “give away” your son or daughter and could sure use some input.

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarity in the two letters – that is intentional. I want my kids to know my expectations are high for both of them and similar for both of them. The letter to my eventual son-in-law was tough. I’d bet you this one won’t be any easier. Here we go…

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What We REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

What We REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

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Okay, I know that Mother’s Day is a while off…but I like to be prepared. And honestly, you need to prep for Mother’s Day in advance…if you wait till the last minute, she’ll know it (I’M TALKING TO YOU, HUSBAND). Know who else will know it? Mass retailers that feed on last minute husbands, that’s who. You and every other man in the county will be fighting over the last Hallmark card, so take my advice and get this done now and keep your limbs.

Now, let’s get something out of the way right now before I get bashed by a bunch of angry women – I don’t think women need gifts on Mother’s Day. I know, big shocker. Mass marketing would have you believe we all want a big diamond, a gold necklace, or 2 dozen roses marked up about 500%. I do not fall in that list, and I would have to say that from getting to know a lot of you, you are probably in the same camp as me.Continue reading


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Sticking to Your Food Budget Even in Stressful Times

Sticking to Your Food Budget Even in Stressful Times

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Hi there, It’s Angela from Grocery Shrink. Thanks, Stacy, for inviting me to be a guest blogger today!

View from the street.  Notice the one blue chair is visible while the other seems to melt away.

Sticking to a tight budget while under a lot of stress is crazy hard, but not impossible. Ask me how I know! Two years ago we were living in a small house with 6 children. I loved our house with it’s fun wrap porch, but our 4 boys needed to share a room, with our 2 girls in the other one. Our kitchen area was so small that my husband or I stood to eat so everyone else could have a seat at the table. We had been house shopping for awhile, but with our small budget, not much was coming up that was bigger.


3803 S Union Street BeforeEasy to overlook, huh?

One day we saw a listing for a 5,000 square foot brick house (click for a video tour) in a very nice neighborhood.Continue reading


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Our Love Story: Stacy and Barry

Our Love Story: Stacy and Barry

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I still remember the exact moment I saw him. I can’t say I remember that for anyone else, except my children. The truth of the matter is, I had probably “seen” him dozens of times – we did attend the same small college. We did grow up in the same area. We can even name times and places that we KNOW we were together, but we didn’t “see” each other. I think it was the suit that did me in. ;-) We met four hours away from our home – and we bonded over local fast food. Let me start at the beginning…Continue reading


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I Don’t Want to Be a Blogger

I Don’t Want to Be a Blogger

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When the alarm goes off on Saturday mornings, I want to slap it off – roll over and cuddle up next to Barry and linger. I don’t want to hurry and get up so I can schedule social media for the day before the kids wake up.

Sometimes I have a rough night and when the kids are napping, I want to nap too – instead, I find myself trying to keep up online, scheduling posts, and responding to emails…blurry eyed.Continue reading


Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.