Category: Family Living

Coffee and Camping

As day breaks, I realize that I am not the first to have awakened by far. The birds have risen hours before me, along with many other woodland creatures beginning their morning routine with loud and vigorous gusto. The loud morning cries outside my tent are the most peaceful noises I’ve heard in months. There are no beeping alarm clocks or email notifications greeting me as I reluctantly enter a lucid state of mind and begin my daily rituals. No, this is camping, and it is full of its own beautiful routines: pancakes and eggs over the fire, hiking until you drop, scarfing down dinner, and collapsing beside the campfire before bed.

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Parks and Rec… Might Just Save Your Life

I think Ron Swanson from the television show Parks and Rec said it best, “…it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” As snarky as it sounds, Ron Swanson is speaking a little bit of truth here. Sometimes we look at the beauty of nature on our computer screens or in a magazine, but we don’t get out into the middle of nature to let it heal our bodies as it was designed to do.

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Not So Different

Recently I stood at my kitchen counter, breaking a store bought chicken down into pieces, cleaning what would become that night’s BBQ dinner. I gave as much attention to the details of my task while also trying to appease the hunger requests being made by my two toddlers playing in the adjacent room. As I stood there working, I began to remember being a ten-year-old girl, standing at my mother’s kitchen counter doing the same.

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Momma, I See You

Hey momma, I see you. You are sitting quietly in the corner hoping and wishing not to be seen today. You have purposely set a smile on your face in hopes that the other women won’t notice the tremble that’s caught in your throat. You are sitting in your pew today, watching the other mom’s receive recognition for their achievements of “oldest mother” or “newest mother.”

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Building Families with Dads

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will soon be here. At Refuge, we want to honor both. Every year we have our baby bottle campaign, and it begins on Mother’s Day and ends on Father’s Day. This fundraiser is the one that keeps our doors open so that we can continue to minister to our community. We desire to share the love of Christ to every man, woman, and child who enters our doors.

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Fun with Fresh Food

Are you trying to raise your children or grandchildren to be good eaters? Is every meal a struggle to get the kids to eat enough fruits and veggies? Are you looking for some free entertainment over the summer? Well, you are in luck! UGA Extension has a solution to all these issues in the form of the Fun with Fresh Food program.

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Restoration Storehouse Rolls Out in Rockdale

Restoration Storehouse’s Community meeting on March 19 was a huge success. Ron Fairley, the executive director, presented how this collective will serve as a “one-stop-shop” for our community. Among the crowd of over 60, were several Rockdale County elected officials: Commissioner Doreen Williams, Commissioner Sherri Washington, City Council Member Jacob Bailey, and Board of Education Member Heather Duncan.

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Mom’s Corner

What is it like having two toddlers, 15 months apart? I will tell you… Every day is a new food adventure. At any given point, one or both of my kids will boycott dinner. Sometimes for weeks.

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