October 29, 2018

Last year during Halloween week I received an email from one of my son's teachers warning me that 6 kids were gone from his class with the stomach flu. By noon that Friday, 8 kids were home sick from his class and the entire elementary seemed to be dropping like flies....

March 13, 2018

It’s Spring Break Week here in Clear Lake and many families are taking advantage of the days off from school for day trips and vacations. Our family was able to sneak away for a day to the Twin Cities on Sunday to see the Newsies production at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre...

January 7, 2018

Saturday I attended a special program at the Clear Lake Library called Women and the Land. The program featured the author and photographer of a recently published book titled Women and the Land that shares the stories of women farmers in Iowa, highlighting a few North...

December 19, 2017

Knocking over the Christmas tree and shattering all the ornaments, burning the dinner rolls, not getting holiday cards out. These are not the kinds of things I have in mind as I think about ways the holiday season can be ruined. In fact, what I believe sabotages good t...

December 6, 2017

Want to know something I hate? Busyness. I absolutely cannot stand a hectic schedule, rushing around, never feeling fully present. And it seems like December, more than other months, can get so filled with activities [fun activities even] that it seems like the month i...

November 29, 2017

This past week we celebrated a holiday completely devoted to giving thanks. So, it was a beautiful coincidence that we held our Customer Appreciation Days on Friday and Saturday. And Friday was extra special because I was able to work at the store for a full day before...

November 21, 2017

We are officially at the 1 week mark. In just 7 days we move our store!

It really hadn't begun to sink in for me until Bob [from Ledoux Signs] came Friday to put the new logo up on the window. After weeks of hard work analyzing demographic data, doing market research,...

November 14, 2017

November 9th was #WorldAdoptionDay, and the entire month of November is set aside as National Adoption Month. Our family remembers this month in an extra special way because November [2010] was the month we chose to grow our family through the miracle of adoption. And...

November 7, 2017

For those of you who don't already know, in September we hired a coach to help me get the business systems in place so we would be better able to serve our wonderful customers by the time we open at our new location. Let me just say, this process has been an eye openin...

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