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A links roundup, brought to you by the pile of trash in my living room

Time to surf pictures of clean houses on Pinterest.

Joe and I are “getting the house ready for Fall” this week, and by that I mean “we are ruining our own lives, hopefully temporarily, so that we can eventually get this place to a point that it seems a little less like it’s an insane asylum for monkeys.” You see, this is a three-bedroom house, and we have six kids. That could be a perfectly workable situation, except for the fact that my oldest is a boy and is at the age where it doesn’t work for him to share a room with girls, but all of his siblings are either... Read More

Indeed, mama knows

It’s been too long since we’ve talked about an undiscovered gem. Let me remedy that by telling you about a new favorite corner of the internet, a blog called Mama Knows, Honeychild. I have this habit of throwing blogs onto my Feedly account very quickly. I see something that looks good, click that little plus sign to subscribe to it, and move on. The result is that sometimes I’ll be scrolling through new content, and I’ll stumble across a post from a site I’m not even familiar with, and I’ll be like, “WHAT... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday, “What day is it again?” edition

What? It’s Friday? When did that happen? Between the mid-week 4th of July holiday and the looming Monday deadline for my book, I am just now remembering that it’s time for 7 Quick Takes. Which is a problem since my post is due to be up in less than an hour. So I’m going to skip writing my own post, and treat myself to kicking back and reading all of yours instead. Happy long weekend! ———– //  Read More →

Mark my words, internet: My site has been shut down for the last time

Some kind folks emailed me to let me know that my site was down all day on Saturday. Yes, I was aware. It’s part of a little game my web host and I play, where they shut down my site when I get a traffic spike, I ask them how I can go about upgrading my plan so that this won’t happen again, they say it’s cool and there’s nothing I need to do, then I get another traffic spike and they shut it down again. As fun as this has been, I’m moving to a new hosting company this week. I couldn’t decide which one to pick,... Read More

Heat, Slip N’ Slides, and other things that ruin my life

This is a post from 2008, but since my children are jumping up and down and begging me to get out the Slip N’ Slide today, I thought I’d run it again. The neighbor girls wanted to play with the Slip N’ Slide today. I tried to talk them out of it, but when I realized that my argument essentially boiled down to “I would rather sit on the couch in the cocoon of my darkened house than frolic outside in the fresh summer air” I decided to just go with it. I do not have fond memories of the Slip N’ Slide. As a child,... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday

It’s all Grace! I’ll be back next week.  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday

Needless to say, I’m not up for hosting this week, so head on over to Grace’s place for all the 7 Quick Takes fun! Be sure to write a bunch of brilliant and hilarious stuff so that I can read it to distract myself from my post in the NICU while the baby sleeps. I’m going to write a more detailed update soon, but the short version is that our sweet little man is stable but still having some issues. The good news is that there’s currently an encouraging long-term prognosis, the bad news is that we’re probably not taking... Read More

Fun stuff to read while I get stabbed in the neck

I finally talked to the doctor who’s going to do The Insane-O Vein Procedure. Here’s how that went: Doctor: Tell me a bit about your history with clotting. Me: [I tell him about my genetic clotting disorder (Factor II, homozygous), how it's exacerbated by pregnancy, how I had a deep vein thrombosis in 2006, how I'm nine months pregnant, and how I'm currently recovering from bilateral pulmonary embolisms that occurred while I was taking preventative blood thinners.] Doctor: [Whistles under his breath.] Me: [Have an ominous feeling about... Read More

Happy Easter!

Thank you so much to every single one of you who has commented, emailed, sent letters, or prayed for me recently. It’s been a crazy few months, and I can’t tell you how much your kindness and support have meant to me. I hope you’re all having a blessed and wonderful Easter day! As a little treat, here is some great music you might enjoy adding to your playlists to celebrate the Easter season. My secular music fastĀ helped me rediscover a lot of the classics, and I am reminded of just how soul-stirring these kinds of tunes can be. Happy... Read More

How I’m working through my bottomless bitterness toward Google (and some great links!)

I’m really sorry about what happened with Google Reader. It’s my fault. You see, 2013 is destined to be a year of having all worldly pleasures systematically eradicated from the Fulwiler household, and, as settling into bed to read my favorite blogs on my tablet at the end of a long day was one of the few remaining things that brought me great happiness in this life, it had to go. There was no way it could just stop working for me: if the Reader app crashed on my tablet, I’d download it again. If it wouldn’t work on my tablet... Read More

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