• kiindra Warner | Herald correspondent
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For many people, the day they wed is one of the most exciting days of their life. When you say, “I do” you are getting all of the other person. Sometimes, we forget this includes their extended family.

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Getting older has helped me realize I grew up surrounded by a bubble in my small hometown. My parents sheltered me and I was lucky that harm never came my way except through bullies in my school.

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Scraps. I’m buried in scraps! I’ve been working in my sewing studio for over a year now, trying to get it cleaned out and organized.

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Having exchange students has been an adventure, to say the least. Learning new cultures, integrating them into my family, as well as parenting foreign strangers has had its ups and downs.

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The reality snuck up on me within the past few years, but hit home recently when I noticed “old lady” traits/habits impossible to ignore and deny.

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There’s a new “gadget” I’ve been considering for a long time. There are quite a few different makes and models to choose from including Accuquilt, Sizzix, Cicut, Gemini, Spellbinders and Brother’s ScanNcut (which does exactly what the name implies).

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My family has grown by two in the last month. My husband and I have four children and our nephew is living with us while he prepares for college — and then we decided to add two more children who are foreign exchange students.

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One of my favorite things to do with my husband is make a bucket list of the experiences we want to share together. We have done everything from zip lining across the jungle to taking paper Valentine hearts to nursing home residents.

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Ah, the dog days of summer are here. Last-minute vacations, sweating while shopping in the brutal Texas heat, and purging your house to get rid of the old, making room for the new and reorganizing everything to get ready for the school year.

  • Joseph Burns | Special to the Herald
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I often hear the following refrain from many well-meaning folks who are under the impression that once students graduate, the school year ends for educators: “I bet you are glad school is out and your summer vacation has begun.”

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June means summertime is here. I remember being a child and each summer was an opportunity for adventures. I knew time was limited yet the lazy days of sleeping in made me somehow feel summer would last forever.

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Early quilters didn’t have time-saving gadgets to help them make their quilts. They cut individual pieces out of scraps with scissors and used a needle and thread to sew them together. They would piece their quilts by candle or oil lamp light. When it came time for quilting, they again used …

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Spring is my favorite time of year because of the cool morning breezes, the stunningly beautiful days, and dusk that whispers the promise of a bright, starry night. However, dusk during spring always takes me back to a memory I will not soon forget.

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I am the chief of all procrastinators. If I ever get half a chance to put something off, I’ll do it without thinking twice. If there was a contest to find who was the best procrastinator, I’m sure I’d win but then I’d wait too long and not ever get registered.