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Highly Effective Fruit Fly Trap

Don’t you just love a little invasion of fruit flies hovering in your face, sampling your dinner, and drowning in your drink? Yeah. We don’t either. That’s why I was thrilled, after trying many other do-it-yourself setups, to stumble across

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Following God

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children…” (Ephesians 5:1, KJV) When I read this verse this week, I realized that it was telling us in what manner we are to follow God: like beloved children. Not like mistreated

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Missions Trip Day 16: This World Is Not My Home

…managed to sleep, that is, until about 1 AM, when I heard Jessica say, “Uhhh, I think I’m about to throw up.” “Then go throw up.” I followed her into the bathroom, running the “sick child” routine on autopilot while

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Missions Trip Day 15: The Beginning of the End

What a day! It began with pancakes slathered with local honey, served with a side of scrambled eggs; it ended with pandemonium slathered with exhaustion, served with a side of scrambled nerves. (Wait a minute, I’m jumping ahead of myself…)

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Card Design: Vintage Quilt

This is a fun way to use paper scraps! A square paper punch is necessary to ensure the pieces line up precisely, though. I assembled the quilt block on a thin background sheet slightly smaller than the finished block. Folding

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Missions Trip Day 14: Party Planning

The Duncans responded very graciously when we confessed that we had kinda-sorta-actually-and-we’re-so-sorry-please-forgive-us-it-was-totally-an-accident-but-you-have-one-less-fan-now-and-it’s-all-our-fault. Jared came in to inspect the damages. He thought that he might be able to find a replacement blade, but we insisted that he take enough money to

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Missions Trip Day 13: Changed Plans

Before breakfast, I walked into the living room and found Jared, Arianna, Ben, and Jessica each absorbed in their own electronic gadget. When Celia entered the room a moment later, I drew her attention to the sad state of affairs

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Missions Trip Day 12: Return to Esperanza

After an early breakfast of French toast and cereal, we finished cleaning, packing, and loading up the car for the return trip to the Duncans’ home in Esperanza. The winding ride back through the mountains differed greatly from our previous

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Missions Trip Day 11: Another Day of Rest

In the morning, we feasted on pancakes, scrambled eggs, bananas, fresh air, and sunshine. I decided that the mild headache that I had awakened with probably signified allergies more than altitude sickness and determined not to worry about it. The

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Missions Trip Day 10: A Day of Rest

While dreaming of people and places in Ocala, I suddenly awoke and was startled to find myself in a cabin on the side of a mountain in the “Dominican Alps.” My initial disorientation and anxiety gradually abated as I spent

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