Morning Trail

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle After four days of living outdoors, sitting in my usual morning spot felt too, hmmm, too comfortable and closed in. I’ve spent most of the week in the forest, around a campfire, and taking walks in salt marshes. Like Bilbo Baggins, I’ve...
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Words to Live By

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle While we are roughing it out in the freezing Florida wilderness, enjoy these New Year’s thoughts!   Original post: December 9, 2011 – I rediscovered this poem last week while teaching my kids about India and Rudyard Kipling, the famed...
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Fireworks and Camping

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle I’ve noticed something about our family vacations – we tend to take them after large holiday celebrations. Last New Year’s Eve, we threw a huge party and set off a bunch of great fireworks, then went camping. The day after Halloween –...
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One Marriage at 21

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Our marriage is 21 years old today. To some of you that sounds like forever. To others, not so much. To me, it seems both long and short. I’ve shared half my life with the first man I truly loved, and we still drive each other crazy in all the...
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Family Gathering Survival Tips

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Let’s face it – not every family celebration is full of joy and delight. Getting together can be fraught with tension and hurt, especially this time of year when everybody wants a picture-perfect version of the holidays. Our actual experiences...
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Saying Thanks

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Sometime in the last four years, around the time we moved to Orlando, and I started homeschooling all six kids, I stopped writing thank you notes.   I used to write beautiful ones. A long-time friend recently mentioned a note I sent ten years...
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One Purse Can Change the World

by Heather Case I want to share how God used two great books to ignite a fire, then fan the flame into action in my life. The first book I read was The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. The Lord showed me through the pages of this book that I had a responsibility, as a...
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