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Posts by Ashley Karaffa

Just Wait

I have a lot of mommy friends. I know that must come as a huge surprise to you! One of my mommy friends texted me this morning (because she has known me long enough to know that calling me leads nowhere). This friend is a new mom and her beginning days of motherhood have not…

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Soon

“Soon, you will have so much time to blog!” “Soon, you will be able to blog at least once a week; maybe even more!” “Soon, you will be able to update the blog, and organize it into categories, and spruce it up!” These are examples of things I told myself this summer while waiting for…

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Why?

A few weeks ago, I heard from a friend that another mutual friend had chosen to stop following me on social media because my posts were making her feel insufficient. As someone who feels insufficient on a regular basis this really took me aback. I have spent a lot of time mulling over this, probably too…

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Be Still

“The longer I lay there, the more things I thought of to be thankful for, and in a moment where logic would say thankfulness should be way down my list of emotions, I was overflowing with it.”

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In Summer!!!

Rain happens, hurricanes happen, sick happens, discipline happens, life happens. I have a month full of ideas and if they do not all happen, that is okay! We will regroup and make changes and move things around, but our goal will be spending time-not just passing the time. 

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The Other Side

While being a part of a blended family gives us the opportunity to show a picture of redemption and reclaimed beauty, there are moments in which the brokenness of the past is still interwoven into our story.

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Operation: Save Mom’s Sanity

Seven kids is a lot. No matter what kind of person you are, 7 kids is a lot. Being as I went from 4 kids to 7 kids so quickly, and also went from one age range of kids to a very different age range of kids, I am in a constant state of trying to configure the best set of circumstances to keep the chaos manageable and my sanity in tact. Operation: Save Mom’s Sanity is actually an ongoing mission. I will admit-I have not yet figured it all out! I know I know-you are shocked. If you can’t tell that is dripping with sarcasm. I’ll probably get it all figured out the day the last kid moves out. But I guess that is motherhood. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying!

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Concerning Grace

So I was planning to write a blog post today about raising teens, but then my teen went and had a moment with me that changed everything I had planned. We have one teen currently: Grace. Her name fits her in so many ways, but one way is that it is by God’s grace we…

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Big family, Big meals

I had a few requests for me to post a peek of all of my menu cards from my prior post about how I tackle menu planning effectively. You can find that post here (Menu Planning). I will absolutely share what meals made the cut for us. Some of these will be very recognizable to…

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Menu Planning

Oh menu planning. Last week I talked about all the likes and dislikes in a family our size (though they are existent in a family any size!) and the ways we tackle that at meal time. That same mix of tastes also plays into the many difficulties of menu planning. When planning a menu there…

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