Jen

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Date registered: September 17, 2011
URL: http://www.jennifermcgrail.com

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Arizona

Latest posts

  1. Following Water and Watching Ants… — April 13, 2014
  2. Whatever You Did for One of the Least of These… Some Thoughts About World Vision — April 7, 2014
  3. Trips, Unschooling Conferences, and a No-Spank Challenge — April 2, 2014
  4. Finding Balance — March 26, 2014
  5. #100HappyDays — March 18, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Happy Holidays’ and other four letter words — 332 comments
  2. Why My Kids Will Never Be Socialized — 201 comments
  3. Not my idea of a hero — 151 comments
  4. I stole your stuff. Now I’m holding it for ransom. — 135 comments
  5. Mom’s Rules — 73 comments

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Apr 13

Following Water and Watching Ants…

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A stomach bug is currently trying to take over our household, and as completely miserable as that is (seriously, how utterly lousy is a stomach bug??) the forced break and sort of “reset” on life is timely and important. Tegan was sad to have missed a fun field trip on Friday, I had to cancel …

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Apr 07

Whatever You Did for One of the Least of These… Some Thoughts About World Vision

Alice is a 6 year old girl who lives in Rwanda.  She has big brown eyes, her favorite thing to play is ball games, and she likes to sing. Jordan is 4.  He lives in Ecuador, has a sweet smile, and loves to play soccer. Dominic is an 8 year old from Ghana.  His pictures …

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Apr 02

Trips, Unschooling Conferences, and a No-Spank Challenge

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I am writing this from a fancy hotel, the kind I’d never stay at unless someone else was paying the bill.  The kids and I accompanied the husband on a work trip, and will be visiting friends, hiking and site-seeing while he’s at his meetings. The view is not half bad.   Every time I …

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Mar 26

Finding Balance

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  For the past month, I’ve been participating in a yoga challenge on Instagram.  There’s a new pose every day, and the idea is to simply share of photo of you doing said pose.  It’s been a fun little challenge, if for no other reason than because I really didn’t have any pictures of myself …

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Mar 18

#100HappyDays

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If you’re on any kind of social media, chances are you’ve been seeing the hashtag #100happydays (or one of its variants) over and over. I ignored it for the first several weeks, for no other reason than the fact that I’m stubborn, and have a tendency to dig in my virtual heels at the first …

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Mar 14

First Impressions, and The Worst Part about Blogging

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I realized something sort of huge tonight. All this time, I thought that the thing I liked least about blogging was the negative comments.  If you asked me, even this morning, I wouldn’t have hesitated.  ”The negative comments! The people who call me names, the people who call me judgmental, the people who make unfair …

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Mar 06

Milestones

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Yesterday, after a month of waiting and wiggling and equal parts elation and anxiety… Tegan lost her first tooth. It came off in her hand, as she sat twisting it in front of the bathroom mirror. Aside from thinking that she’s about the most adorable gap-toothed kid I have ever seen, I’m nearly drowning in …

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Mar 03

Dreadlocks, 26 Months

I am cracking up because 1)  They were extra crazy today because I slept with them in a bun last night,  2) After watching both this video and the one from when they were 8 months, I realized I said many of the same exact things, and 3) A public speaker I am not.  But …

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Feb 24

And They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Arrogance, Judgment, and Intolerance

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“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on …

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Feb 22

To Tegan, The Best Surprise of my Life

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Six years ago today, we went to the hospital for an induction after a long, complicated pregnancy, and a long, frustratingly stalled labor.  We were blessed that morning with a gorgeous little girl… a brand-new experience after three lovely boys.  And what an experience it’s been!   I’ve learned more in the past six years …

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