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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Mar. 20

Oh, what a week, folks! National Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day all in one week. How does one recover from such an exciting week? This is how: From corned beef and sauerkraut to pizza pies to corned beef, sauerkraut pizza pies. Now that is an experience for your taste buds. One I recommend. Reuben...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Mar. 6

You know when people say, “ignorance is bliss” or “what you don’t know can’t hurt you?” I found these two simple phrases to be oh-so-true this week. I was putting some nightstands in my room and moving my old ones to the closet. These nightstands I moved in are the first thing my Papa M....
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The Wooden Spoon By Shelly Rankin – Feb. 27

This week in review: My shoulders are never dry anymore. Our baby’s chin is never dry anymore. Our baby’s chin is the reason my shoulders are never dry anymore. Cleaning out an espresso machine is a stinky, smelly job. It almost turns me away from ever making a fancypants coffee ever again. Yet, I woke...
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3 babies born to… 2 sisters in… 1 day

Lots of cousins get to share birthday parties. Not too many cousins share the exact same birth date. But that’s what happened 16 years ago last week, when Mindy Roorda gave birth to a set of twins in Minneapolis on Feb. 12. Two hundred fifty miles away, on that very same day, Mindy’s sister, Amy, gave...
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Walter Sylvester reports from Cambodia – Life on the Growing Edge

Walter Sylvester of Lynnville took an extended mission trip to Cambodia and Thailand Jan. 12-26. Due to political unrest in Bangkok, Thailand, he returned home to Iowa earlier than planned. Following are edited emails and photos he sent while he was gone. Part 1 of 2 Parts Jan. 14: I am presently in Southeast Asia. The trip...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Feb. 20

Valentine's Day has come and gone! I hope you and yours were able to do a little somethin’! It was on a Friday after all! We sure had a wonderful evening! We made plans to go to our favorite restaurant and reserved the corner table. Yep, little unknown fact, we’re that cheesy couple on Valentine’s...
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