"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

Click on pics to see us up close & personal! :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hair Harmony

*~Hair Harmony~*
Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts.

Who knew there are so many fun products out there for hair?

I have always had trouble keeping curls in Ana’s hair. Ruthie’s seems to hold the curls better, so I sat down one afternoon & searched the internet for anything that might work.


I sprayed her hair with water put a tiny amount of Herbal Essences Finishing Touch Cream.

She slept in them-& voila! She had curls all the next day.

***BEST of all, I am hosting a GIVAWAY!!!****
If you leave me a comment, I am having a drawing in a few days for set of the small CURLFORMERS. They will even work on a pre-schooler-I put them in Ruth's hair the next night.
Link up & share your “Hair Harmony!”
Link will close Monday.
*link explaining the beginnings of “Hair Harmony”*

***********THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!!!***************

Exciting Announcement!!!

Beginning tomorrow (& I'm not sure it'll stay on Saturdays-probably it won't), I am starting my own meme!!

How did it begin?

I wanted to spend longer amounts of time with our Ana. She keeps getting older (imagine that)…..& every once in a while (thank goodness it’s not very often yet), she likes to feel pretty. Of course, her daddy & I think she’s stunning-no matter what, but, as every girl knows-the hair makes the woman!!

We bought a few books & found some websites & went to town!!!

And thus began our “hair time.” Benefits I hadn’t even imagined are coming out of it!:
~Beautiful hair (for both girls)
~More confidence in Ana, especially
~Spending quality time together

Then, I thought, “Well this would be fun to start doing with all my blogger friends, too! I am sure many of them would enjoy the same benefits!”

*~Hair Harmony~*
Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts.

So, tomorrow, we’ll begin!!

Link up with the beautiful hair you have done on your girls!

(One thing I would add, is-please post step-by-step directions so we can all use your great ideas!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FFF.....My Favorite "Princess" Picture-(w/ all three kids)

Yes, I'm still re-living our recent Disney trip. :) I know-you must be kinda tired of it-but it's my blog! ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One of my LOVES....good music!!

Stunning harmony-& I am so thankful the words are true in my life.

I AM complete in HIM-my Savior, Jesus Christ!

Can't figure out why it's not centered......If anyone can help me w/ that-I would be grateful!

A Few of my Favorites from Disney

Wonder what N's thinking here....

Isn't this just a riot!!?! My sister cracks me up!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Well, I struggled with this…..

I had my ears pierced at the age of 12.

Ana has been BEGGING to get hers pierced since she knew there was a difference between her ears & her best friend’s ears.

I finally thought, “What’s the big deal? Is there a reason she can’t get them pierced for another 3 years?

Other than sticking to convention. (or, just doing it that way because that’s the way my parents did it).

But, Ana is a different person than I was at 9.
And we are different parents than ours were. (even though we both agree-there couldn’t be better parents than ours out there!!)

And, I figured…..that’s ok.
So-we surprised Ana at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom with news that she would be getting her ears pierced upon her arrival home.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

FFF.....& not following the theme.....

But, hey, at least I'm participating, right?!?

I know I have been such a bad blogger lately-but we have had sooo much on our plates!!!

Including (but not limited to):
~A 12 day trip to Walt Disney World
~A weekend marriage retreat with the love of my life
~A major family decision (NOT related to the marriage retreat!!! Ha!) But, I’m not going to tell you now-would take up too much of my time at this point. I will, though, if you just be patient & keep checking back!

These pics pretty much sum up how much fun we had together on our family vacation, though, & even though none of them are at Disney-I promise we went!!!

Just seems these capture better our day-to-day delight w/ our vacay!!!

With my sister, Shannon, at the beach!

I love the beach-especially when I can share it w/ him!!!
And my absolute favorite from the whole time we were gone:

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