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MY 32 CENTS

WHEN YOUR KIDS BREAK YOUR HEART

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As mothers and fathers, the moment our babies are placed within our arms our hearts swell with pride. We peer down into those tiny faces and not only are we filled with an intense love, but we are hopeful. We recognize that within those small, yet to be formed packages, there is potential. Potential to influence and alter our world for good. Potential to develop organizations and ministries that will eradicate human suffering. Potential to expand knowledge and develop lifesaving cures. Potential to create beauty that will soothe troubled souls.  Potential to reach a lost world with the good news of Jesus Christ.

And unfortunately, the potential to break our hearts. Continue reading “WHEN YOUR KIDS BREAK YOUR HEART”

DEMON ONE, DEMON TWO

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The parties had chosen.
November drew near.
Last insults were spoken.
They’d cast their last smear. Continue reading “DEMON ONE, DEMON TWO”

BUT I DON’T WANNA BE A HOMESCHOOL MOMMY BLOGGER!

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Christian homeschool mommy blogs abound! In fact, it often seems that virtually every homeschool mom on planet earth has a blog. In those rare free moments after our kiddos are in bed we sit down at our computers and compose our hearts out. We write about all the wondrous things our amazing kids are doing, filling our blogs with an abundance of smiley faces, interjections, exclamation points, ellipses, worn out Christian cliches, and a detailed account of all the tearful moments of our spiritual journey. You know the type…(yes, I just used ellipses)
Continue reading “BUT I DON’T WANNA BE A HOMESCHOOL MOMMY BLOGGER!”

ODE TO A FLAT IRON

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“A life of despair begins with bad hair.”

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, the days of Marlo Thomas and Marcia Brady, the only kind of hair worth having was straight. To be hip and to be groovy you simply had to have stick straight hair. Unfortunately, for women who had curly hair, like me, this meant only one thing: despair! Continue reading “ODE TO A FLAT IRON”

THE BENEFITS OF NOT LAUNCHING OUR ADULT CHILDREN

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Our oldest son Joshua, at the ripe old age of 24, has finished his undergraduate degree, his graduate degree, all of his CPA exams (which are the accounting world’s equivalent to bar exams) and has landed a promising job with a prestigious accounting firm in the Los Angeles area. This is a great accomplishment for such a young man. But what makes Joshua’s accomplishments even sweeter is something truly momentous that happened this past weekend. Continue reading “THE BENEFITS OF NOT LAUNCHING OUR ADULT CHILDREN”

THE 5 VOTING POINTS FOR ELECTING A PRESIDENT

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I am often amazed and saddened by the criteria used by many people to select a candidate for president of the United States. Some Americans choose a candidate based upon his or her television commercials, political rhetoric, or debate performance. Some people base their choice on their friend’s opinions. Others vote solely on

Continue reading “THE 5 VOTING POINTS FOR ELECTING A PRESIDENT”

MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING: THE JOYS AND THE TIERS

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“Twelve people have read my blog!”

During my first couple months of blogging, having twelve people read a blog post made me happy. I knew that building a successful blog that generated thousands of views would take time, lots of time, and that it may not even happen.

But then it did happen. A few months after starting My 32 Cents I wrote a little blog post called “The 5 Tiers of Homeschooling” and suddenly I had thousands of people viewing my blog. Continue reading “MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING: THE JOYS AND THE TIERS”

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SUITORS

by Marty Pena

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Once upon a time there was a young maiden named Goldilocks. Goldilocks was a lovely girl with long flowing hair, sparkling eyes, and mesmerizing smile. In fact, Goldilocks was so lovely that contenders for her hand abounded. But which to choose? That was the question. Continue reading “GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SUITORS”

What I Don’t Want for Christmas

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While holding on for dear life as one of my boys drove me over to Wal Mart to purchase a new iron, I asked my son why he had a sudden desire to accompany me on my shopping trip.

“Well mom,” he smiled proudly, “since I’m working this year and have a little money to spend on gifts I thought I’d buy you this iron as a Christmas present.” Continue reading “What I Don’t Want for Christmas”

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