Author: Annette Heidmann


Wandering through the fog

There’s inevitably a certain degree of mental fog that is part and parcel of having a newborn in the house and sleeping in 2 hour stretches. I’m already a bit of a flaky, flighty, flibbertigibbet, and this new person thrown into the mix just compounds the problem. This past week I have wandered out the

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Excuse me while I kiss this guy…

This has been a busy week of running to the hospital over and over in hopes that our Baby Ruben would be released, only to find that no, he’s not quite ready. The concerns revolved around his O2 sats primarily, and as he was premature, they just favored caution. So Tuesday we went to the

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Raising them right…

No wonder Efrain couldn’t get to sleep – these were ALL in his bed! The rest of the kids are pulling similar shenanigans, all thanks to four boxes of books Megan brought home from SSJ Aftercare, donated by her wonderful boss, Lynn! Blessed are we!!

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You know what they say, “At the end of the day…”

“At the end of the day,” “when all is said and done,” “this is where the rubber meets the road.” No matter how many meltdowns and extreme scream-fests there are in a day, God is gracious and gives us these precious moments, which are little reminders of his love.  

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Yesterday, after dropping Efrain at his first day of Pre-K at Ss. Simon and Jude, I made a trek to north Phoenix, an area I have barely even touched in the nearly two decades we’ve lived in Arizona. I had a mission: to find the Archway Classical Academy, and meet up with our friend Jen,

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Starting School

Oh the anticipation that has filled our home as we prepared for this new adventure – sending our first little one off to Pre-K! As a veteran home educator of going on 19 years, I never expected this day to come. I wouldn’t have considered it an option if our oldest two hadn’t spent the

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Well, I have a few minutes left before the end of today, so if I’m quick I’ll get this in before the pumpkin hour. Ooo, pumpkin… pumpkin spice… pumpkin pie… pumpkin latte… but I digress.   Today was filled with firsts: the first day of school for my 2nd graders and 3rd grader… the first

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A Glorious Garnet Gift

A long time ago, in a Blogiverse far, far away (Xanga!), I met Linda Burklin: a home-schooling, curriculum-designing, blogging, fiction-and-non-fiction-writing, ren-faire-attending, autoharp-playing, knitter-of-beautiful-things and mother-of-many who also, I discovered over time, designed and produced a stunning array of cloaks for her family members and beyond. We have been friends from afar ever since, and have delighted in watching

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Jordan turns Eight!

It’s true, we had a super summer birthday blowout earlier in the month, but you still have to celebrate each individual and very special person on their own day, right? Right. Jordan was so patient to wait till the very last day of the month for his birthday, so we surprised him on his “birthday-vigil”. 

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The Super Summer Extravaganza Mega Heidmann Birthday Blowout

So, we have a lot of birthdays in the summer months – between our house and the East Valley Heidmanns, I count… lessee, from May through August we have: Efrain Geneva Lyssa Megan Jordan Jadyn Jenna Joe Lakota Yeah, with a count that high it’s practically Christmas. Obviously, it deserves a Super Summer Extravaganza Mega

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Low Key

Our Independence Day was low key this year. We so often have been up at the ranch over the holiday weekend, but this year we were home – I don’t even remember specifically why, but no matter. We did a low key family celebration, played some Frisbee tag with both kids and the dog, and enjoyed

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