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Guest Post: Perfecting Your Possessives—I Am God’s Child

Perfecting Your Possessives—I Am God’s Child. A guest post by Rachel Newman
Words have always been important to me. During my adolescent years, I would often correct people when they used words that didn’t convey what I knew they meant to say. Annoying? Yes. I am sure of it. I don’t remember how old I was when I figured that out, but at some point I matured enough to realize it was okay if people didn’t always say what they meant. Maybe it was when I finally began to comprehend God’s grace. The realization that relationship is more important than semantics has surely made it easier on my friends and family.

But despite our ability to discern what’s really going on in an oral conversation, written communication is easily misunderstood if we don’t have a good grasp on grammar. Precision is especially important in the written word, because body language and non-verbal communication cues are absent. Continue reading Guest Post: Perfecting Your Possessives—I Am God’s Child

Kid Quotes (1/30)

This happened a few weeks ago, but I forgot about it until someone posted something about lotion on Facebook.
Blake got a cut or scrape or something on his leg.
B: Can we put that stuff on it?
Me: Arnica? It’s not really for this kind of thing. You can’t put it on open wounds.
B: No. The stuff in the bathroom by the sink.
Me: Uh…the aloe?
B: *sigh* No. Come here. THIS. It says it’s healing.
Me: Um…that’s lotion. The only healing it does is for dry skin.
B: Oh.

Jack and I were watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (I don’t recommend it, by the way.) It was the first time either of us had seen it. The first couple of minutes are just music with a black screen. No stars, no scene, no credits, nothing. We were talking about how weird that was (little did we know that it was a sign of boringness to come) when Jack said, “It’s a motionless picture.” Continue reading Kid Quotes (1/30)

My Top 10 Curated Links for the Week

I post my own stuff, but I curate a lot of posts on my Facebook fan pages and on Twitter. Simply because of the nature of social media, I know that not everyone who follows me will see everything I post. Some of those links are pretty popular with my readers, though, which leads me to believe that some of the people who missed out the first time might like another chance.

Hootsuite conveniently already sends me  a weekly report of my most clicked links.  Obviously, clicking on a link doesn’t mean the reader enjoyed the article, but I try not to post click-bait headlines, so there is at least some interest there. So we’ll give this a shot. Let me know what you think. I’ll share my top ten links from the previous week, just in case you missed them the first time around.

(I’m not David Letterman. Because these come to me in order, that’s how you’ll get them.) Continue reading My Top 10 Curated Links for the Week

Kid Quotes (1/11)

B: Hey, Mama, after I drink this, I’m going to watch something with you.
Me: Okay. What do you want to watch?
B: I don’t know.
Me: Well, you think about it and let me know.
B: Okay, but it’s going to be hard to think while drinking.
Me: It often is, son.

We were discussing Christmas wishlists. Jack wants a new laptop. [Spoiler: He isn’t getting a laptop.] He found one that is $570.
B: Why would you want to spend that money on a computer when you could get the Lego Death Star set?

I had Jack send his dad links to the two laptops he’d found (because they won’t be coming from *this* Santa this year). Dad sent him an email back asking him to call him. They’ve been on the phone a while. Blake wants to talk to Daddy, too.
Blake: Jack won’t let me talk to Daddy!
Me: Hang on. Let them finish. Jack will give you the phone when Daddy’s through talking.
Blake: But Daddy never stops talking! Continue reading Kid Quotes (1/11)

Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole

Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

 

I feel as if I’m cheating here. I don’t have pictures because I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe. Next time I make it (which should be sometime in the next couple of weeks), I’ll take pictures and update this post. Pictures aren’t the only updates I’ll need, but I’ll explain that in a bit. I posted about this in passing on Facebook (as a post about how much my 13yo eats), and several people have asked for the recipe.

I’m sure this would be a good brunch recipe, but we always have it for supper. I also used to make with ham, and I posted that recipe a while back. This is only a slight variation of that recipe. Read the whole thing before you start, because I’m in the midst of some experimentation and which direction you go will determine your pan and your ingredients. This is a little convoluted and I apologize. I will clean it all up when I get it figured out. I hope it’s enough that you can make your own version. Continue reading Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole

How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

I’m not good at keeping track of my stats. Whether it be blog visitors, Twitter followers, or Facebook fans, I just don’t pay much attention. There was a time I did, of course. We all do. I just stopped worrying about it somewhere along the line. I only know my Facebook page reach because Facebook has stuck it on my newsfeed page.

So it was completely accidental that I noticed I had more than 18,500 Twitter followers a few days before the end of the year. Being a tad bit OCD, and enjoying those round numbers (and a little bit just to see if I could), I decided to see if I could make it to 20,000 followers by the end of the year. (I made it with few hours to spare. By noon on New Year’s Eve, I had 20,000 followers.)

Of course I was excited, and of course I shared on Facebook and Twitter, which led to several people asking how I got that many followers. When I looked at TwitterCounter and realized that I had gained 8,000 of those followers in the last six months, I was even more excited, and knew I had to share my “secrets.” (They’re not really secrets, but it makes me feel important so just roll with it.) Continue reading How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

January #Giveaway: Letters from the Closet by Amy Hollingsworth

This month you can win a hardcover copy of the wonderful book Letters from the Closet: Ten Years of Correspondence That Changed My Life by Amy Hollingsworth. You can read my review here. Continue reading January #Giveaway: Letters from the Closet by Amy Hollingsworth