Thrifting score

I am so cheap it is ridiculous. I hardly EVER buy new clothes and when I do, even if it’s a “good deal” I feel a little guilty when there are so many perfectly good items out there needing homes. I found the boys’ matching Easter shirts at Old Navy online for $7 each and no shipping, but I only did it because I wanted them to match.

Now, this is just me. I know a lot of people find wonderful sales and don’t spend a fortune to clothe their family. I just prefer to buy quality used clothing. I also like to buy a couple of certain brands which I think are cute, which hold up better and it seems like stains come out better.

Which is why I am so excited about my score today. A friend of a friend is having a garage sale next weekend and has a boy a few years older than Cadrian AND she allowed me to pre-shop at my convenience!

Look at this sweet deal!

Today I bought:

12 shirts (size 4 and 5, so I have a few things for next year) (several are my favorite brand)
1 pair of fuzzy footie pajamas
1 pair of pajama pants
2 pairs of jeans
2 pair of shoes (one for now, one in the next size up)
1 pair of winter boots
4 pairs of shorts
2 sun hats (one for C, one for D)
a pair of nursing pajamas for me
a Boppy and cover (I never did like the Boppy for nursing, didn’t like the print on ours but was too cheap to get a new cover…but I forgot how AWESOME Boppies are for photo props with young babies and for when they are learning to sit up, so I gave ours away before Denton came along)
11 books (including Tails -which we got when Aviana was a toddler- and a hardcover copy of Richard Scarry Animal Nursery Tales– a paper back copy of which I bought at a garage sale when Aviana was three–they two of our favorites, and as such are pretty beat up.)

All for $57.50! That’s $2 an item, including the Boppy and my nursing pajama set, and NOT including the books.

I don’t understand why people buy stuff new, but I’m sure thrilled they do since I reap the benefits!

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Farm Funnies

To Brielle, who has been pestering me to make doll clothes with her.
Thinking this would be an easy out,”Maybe we could make diapers for your dolly”
“Really!? She’s 14; do you really think she needs a diaper?!”

We ask things like ” Who wants more oatmeal?” or “Who wants to go outside?” and all the children respond, “I do!” It didn’t take long before Denton started saying, “IdoIdo!” when he wants something.


The girls were performing a silly rendition of “So Long, Farewell” and dancing around the room singing “Adieu, adieu to you and you and you.”

Denton stood up and ran around in a circle yelling, “IDOIDOIDO!”

Brielle came home and immediately noticed the new lamp we’d gotten. “WOW!” She exclaims, “Now we have a fancy living room!”


Aviana has grand plans to put on a family version of “The Wizard of Oz” when the new baby is Denton’s age. The new baby is going to be the lion. I said, “Perhaps the new baby could have a non-speakingrue part. The lion is  kind of a big role for a one year old.”

“Yes,” she responded, “but that’s when he’ll fit into the costume.”



Brielle was snooping browsing around in my studio when I was in there sewing. She found a personalized silver cup my great-aunt had given in honor of my birth.

“Oooh,” says Miss Brielle, “Did someone give this to you on your birthday?”

“No, someone gave that to me when I was born.”

“Oh,” says she, matter of factly, “then it’s about 100 years old.”

At dinner the chiddlers were being even sillier than usual. I announced, “Absolutely no Alice in Wonderland talk tonight.”

“What? What’s that?”

“No NONSENSE!” I grinned.

This, of course, brought gales of giggles.

Dada pondered aloud, “I wonder what the world record is for non-stop laughing.”

Aviana replied, in all seriousness, “Oh, probably about 18 minutes.”


May you enjoy at least 18 minutes of laughing tonight!

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oh dear

This morning I’m snuggling with my sweetest three year old. We’re chatting about nothing at all. Suddenly, he exclaims, alarmed, “Mama! What happened to your forehead?”

“I don’t know, what?”

“You have big wines dere, wike waiwoad twacks!”

Yeah, apparently I’m getting old and wrinkly.

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He is risen!

 Easter Blessings!

May this image – from a 1928 children’s Bible – remind us that even as we wake up with plans for each day, we will encounter miracles if we look for Jesus first.

 May God bless you and your family
today and always!

I got this in my inbox from Barbara Curtis, one of my favorite encouragers. I just had to share it with you! If you haven’t yet checked out her blog, Mommy Life, you’ll be glad when you do.

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