Blogs of Our Friends

Blogs are a great way to keep up with friends and family. We have been collecting links to blogs and other websites owned by people we'd like to keep in touch with. You can click these links to visit the sites themselves …

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Kindergarten Fun

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

Here are some fun projects that I wanted to document of D.’s Kindergarten year (many of the ideas have come from My Father’s World K): Creation:  Colored a poster of the 7 days of creation S for sun:  Made homemade raisins=grapes + sun M for moon:  Read “Little Bear Goes to the Moon”–narrated and acted it […]

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#shannonbrowncomestotown2014

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 6:10 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I'm glad to finally take a moment to sit down at the computer and share my wonderful girls' weekend in Oregon. This is year number 3 that we have made this weekend happen. Three years! Three Decembers that I have now been in Las Vegas and I love having this weekend to look forward to. I know that it is something we ALL look forward too. The group texts usually start appearing in mid-October . . . I bought a few things today to wear on our girls weekend. Clearly I'm not excited at ALL. I'm ready to declare tomorrow...

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Capturing the Christmas Spirit

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

I’ve really taken the message of the Christmas video I recently posted to heart.  I’ve felt so stressed with all the Christmas preparations, and getting my kids to all their holiday performances/recitals, while having to homeschool, and just keep the house clean.  Yesterday, I had had enough.  Instead of our usual routine, I started the […]

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it's beginning to feel like Christmas

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:01 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

The day after Thanksgiving we pulled out the Christmas trees (we have two fake trees) and the Christmas decorations. The kids decorated their tree - our super old 6 foot tree whose lights in the top section died this year. They have already been fixed multiple times in years past so we gave up and strung some blue lights on top. I love seeing these photos of ALL THREE KIDS decorating the tree together, because last year one child had a meltdown and had to be sent to her room and missed out on decorating the tree. The decorations have...

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His Greatest Gift

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the rush of the holidays…this put it in the right perspective for me.  It’s not about getting gifts. It is about His greatest gift. Filed under: Celebrating holidays

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share the gift

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 4:02 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

It is the evening of November 30th. Our Christmas trees are up. But not decorated yet. I pulled all of the Christmas decorations from the storage space under the stairs and the boxes and tubs are stacked in the dining room. I was excited to find leftover gift wrap from last year which I will use tomorrow to wrap our Christmas books. I just completed the finishing touches on a short but sweet message that will be stuffed into our Christmas cards this year. The half-gallon carton of egg nog that I bought for Thanksgiving is now all gone. Thanks...

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thanksgiving 2014

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 5:28 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been another wonderful Thanksgiving day with delicious food, relaxing around the house, and slowing down enough to really pay attention to each other and the things we are most thankful for. We watched a couple movies this afternoon and evening and Anna said that I belonged to her and made me her pillow. I asked her why she was so cuddly today. "It's because I don't get to cuddle with you very often." Which is true. And this is another reason I am so grateful for these holidays and days off of school when I can...

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october stories

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 4:34 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Here are a couple stories and tidbits from the month of October that I wanted to throw in before they end up too far in the past. And I may or may not have one more Halloween post. And the promised 3rd installment of Anna's Night Owl Party. {sigh} My hope was to get it all in before Thanksgiving. We'll see how it goes! One of our good friends from Oregon happened to be in town and popped in for a visit! The Cluffs moved away from St. Helens about 5 years before we did (2007), but there is something...

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everyday browns // vol. 7

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 3:11 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

The weather this month has been beautiful! Barefoot weather for most of the month, although at this moment I am wearing slippers and my feet are chilly. I always say that November is my favorite month here. We're looking at a forecast of 70 for Thanksgiving day! Fall finally showed up too! Love! There aren't a ton of trees like this around town but the ones that do turn red get a lot of local love. Anna wrapped up her fall soccer season. At the final game she played goalie for the first half and pitched a shutout. She even...

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are your trials changing you for the better?

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

On Wednesday morning Anna and I walked to school as we usually do. We noticed that several of the trees on the path had been pruned extensively since the last time we walked, on Monday. "Ugh, I don't like it when they cut the trees back so much. It makes them look strange." I said. "Mom! That's just like that video I watched on the Mormon Channel! Where the farmer has a bush and he cuts it back and the bush is not happy about it. But the bush grows back even more beautiful." Yes, that's exactly right. Here is...

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Books hot off the press

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

My kids spent several days writing and illustrating their own series of books on their own free time. Their drawings and dedications were so cute. The Robbins Family by W. ” For D. my loving 5 year old brother.” They also included dates for upcoming titles: “Another story will come out on Oct.16-18 (a Halloween story) […]

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2 years at home

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Believe it or not we have now lived in our home for 2 years and one month! It's crazy to think that the whole house-hunting, short-sale waiting, apartment living fiasco, and finally signing the papers and getting the keys was over two years ago. Because of all that, I am so thankful for the home that we now own and get to enjoy. We know our neighbors. We really enjoy the proximity to school and how that enables us to walk there each day. The neighborhood is safe (and gated) which means I feel just fine when the kids ride...

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singing and drumming in downtown las vegas

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 4:03 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

For the second year in a row Conner auditioned and make the cut for the school district's middle school honors choir! For the past 6 weeks they have been practicing weekly and last week was the big performance, along with the high school honors choir. What made this year's performance ah-mazing was the fact that they got to perform inside The Smith Center. This building is gorgeous!! And the acoustics are crazy good. Just a beautiful performing hall. I can only imagine the shaky knees and thumping hearts of those 6-8th graders as they stood on this massive stage and...

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valley of fire

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:21 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Another month, another opportunity for a great hike and exploring outdoors! The kids had a 4 day weekend, and now that we are in November and the temperatures have cooled off a little bit, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go check out Valley of Fire. This has been on my list for the longest time. But as the name implies, this is a place you DO NOT want to visit in the summer. It is hot, hot, hot! I missed my chance in the winter/spring and I have waited for the summer months to tick by...

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valley of fire, part 2

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:20 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

There was just too much to squeeze into the last post! Here are a few more spots that we visited in the Valley of Fire state park. Rainbow Vista Beautiful vistas. And awkward poses. At this point the kids were starving so we walked across the street and found a picnic table in the shade of this hill to eat our picnic lunch. After lunch we checked out the Rainbow Vista trailhead and decided rather than taking the hike we would just wander around and explore the area. It was a good choice. Fire Canyon The Cabins I was really...

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