Lilla Rose Sale and Giveaway

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Hello and thanks for visiting. If you’re new here, you may sign up to have posts delivered to your email inbox for free or subscribe to my RSS feed. You may also follow Raising Olives on Facebook. Lilla Rose is offering a big Black Friday sale. For two days only all products will be 20%…

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Thirty-One Party

You are welcome to shop for Thirty-One products now through Saturday midnight. Thank you for supporting our family. Join me on Facebook tonight at 8 (EST) for a Thirty-One party.  Of course, you needn’t wait if you just want to shop now. Thirty-One offers cute bags, practical and lovely totes and loads of organizing essentials….

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Selfishness, Sadness and Gratitude

Tabitha

Recent weeks have brought circumstances that have caused me to see my sin more clearly. These times of glaring sin always bring me to my knees. I’m humbled and disappointed, but always thankful. Thankful that God loves me enough to bring my sin into focus and to help me to struggle to become more like…

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Puke, Laughter and Organization

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And sometimes you just have to laugh… When Grandma moved in last Tuesday, the nurse mentioned that one of the difficult things to manage for someone with limited mobility is a stomach virus because they may have difficulty getting to the facilities in a timely manner. Now, certainly every mom-of-many knows the little bit of…

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Catching Up and Getting Ready

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This is a post to catch you all up on the happenings in our house and to help me not feel so guilty for being absent from the blog. (I have all these big plans and lots of things I’d like to post about, but with four teens, two toddlers and nine of our children…

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Fast

Sadie Savannah cross country

These girls are fast. They are part of the fastest elementary cross country team in the state of Tennessee. Sadie (10) and Savannah (8) both set personal records (6.45 and 7.06/mile respectively) Saturday helping their team to win the Elementary division of the Tennessee State Cross Country Championships. (Sadie placed 22nd and Savannah 44th, individually.)…

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Stories of String Bandaids

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Sunday was a lovely day. Worship together as a family, lunch and fellowship  with friends and then some quiet time reading aloud to the kids. Mark was tucking children into bed while I was nursing Valor (1), when Nick (5) started to cry. Then Mark said, “Kimberly” in the tone of voice that makes my…

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Our Family is Growing: 4 Moms

but God directs his steps

This 4 Moms post is different. It’s not the post that you expected. It is not a post that I could ever have imagined writing before Monday. This is a post that only God could orchestrate. A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:19   For the past several months our…

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Hickory Horned Devil and Rolling Down a Cliff

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Last weekend our family participated in our annual family campout (this year we had 124 people, 92 of them were children). While playing in the woods, Alyssa (13) and one of her friends found this beautiful caterpillar. He is a Hickory Horned Devil and according to the park ranger they spoke with, this will be…

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Go to the Worship of God Conference for FREE {or Win the Audio Recordings}

Our family at BWSC with Ty Ten Bruggencate

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Dana and her family! For years our family has desired to attend a NCFIC (National Center for Family Integrated Churches) Conference. We have many friends who have attended and they come home talking about the excellent speakers, the encouragement and knowledge they gained and the wonderful, amazing times of…

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Unexpected Journey: Part 5

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Part 1: The Call Part 2: Doubts Part 3 (interlude) Part 4: Confirmation Continued…   From the beginning of this journey of thinking about adoption the question that Mark and I kept asking ourselves was “If not us, then who?” If we aren’t willing to open our home to the orphan can we expect our…

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Managing with ONLY Littles

large family, moms of many, manage,

Yes, we’re still here. I know that I’ve been absent from the blog lately, our life is very full and my priorities and responsibilities simply don’t fit with spending even a few minutes a day writing for the blog, but today the 4 Moms topic is managing with only littles and I really wanted to weigh…

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