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Firm foundation: A journey to international motherhood

Firm foundation: A journey to international motherhood

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In 2012, Cheri and Chad Strange flew to Ethiopia to adopt four orphaned siblings, ages 5 to 9, and bring them home to Temple. But on the return flight, the family almost didn’t get out of the airport. It wasn’t a problem with passports, customs or immigration that caused the snafu; it was a strange beast unlike anything the young Africans had ever confronted — a moving staircase. Getting on was awkward and clumsy, but accomplished without a major mishap. Then the realization: The girls, Sophia and Zoe, and twin boys, Zack and Tate, were fast approaching the top, far ahead of their new parents. They had no idea how to get off.

Long-awaited  love story: Couple reconnects, weds 72 years after first proposal

Long-awaited love story: Couple reconnects, weds 72 years after first proposal

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At age 5, Doug Dillard had a crush on the girl who lived around the corner on Avenue J in Temple. The year was 1935. In a voice loud enough for a neighbor to hear, he asked JoAn Pirtle to marry him. JoAn turned him down. We were too young, she said.

Drought-free design: Consider xeriscaping for a landscape with staying power

Drought-free design: Consider xeriscaping for a landscape with staying power

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While drought conditions continue in Central Texas, finding affordable ways to beautify your lawn and garden is challenging. Xeriscaping, a form of landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for extra water, just might be the solution to keeping the greenery without going broke paying exorbitant water bills.

A Higher Flower

A Higher Flower

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Story by Valerie L. Valdez

From Tuscan-feel to mid-century modern

From Tuscan-feel to mid-century modern

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Story by Jessa McClure

Strong Fathers Strong Daughter

Strong Fathers Strong Daughter

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When is the “right” age to have a medical aesthetic, cosmetic, or plastic surgery procedure? Is there more to beauty than what other people see? Who else plays a role in the formation of self worth?

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Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

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Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.