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Finding Forever

photos by Matt Cornelius
As a family of six, space and location were key factors when Sarah and Dr. Mike Wages were house shopping eight years ago. They eventually found the perfect-sized house just minutes from work and school, making it easy to overlook the dated decor to see the home’s potential. Sarah was also particularly drawn to the classic colonial architecture and the quiet cul-de-sac where she could easily envision the kids safely playing.

TXK 411

photos by Matt Cornelius
Potted PlanterTips … To encourage good drainage, use a rock or two to allow water to pass through the hole but not wash out the soil. … Don’t skimp on the soil. Good soil matters. … Read those plant tags while shopping. If they are planted together, they need to like the same light and watering cycle. … Feed your plants. Get a time release fertilizer. It makes your job easy! (Osmocote is my favorite). … Don’t forget to water! I like to water Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s easy to remember.

The Monthly Mix

End of Year Teacher Gifts … May is one of the busiest times of year for those with children in school. Proms, recitals, graduations, programs, and more all take place during this month. As the year draws to a close, it is also a great time to show appreciation to teachers who have had a hand in helping your child grow during the school year. I am sharing end of year gift ideas any teacher would love to receive.

Publisher's Letter

A couple of months ago, I wrote about our new camper and the escapades that were on the horizon for the Meisenheimer family. The good news is that it all has gone well, and everyone is still intact after two weeks of camping adventures. … These outings are probably very different from what most would envision when using the word “camping.” For example, we had a water view and community bathrooms and showers, just like I did camping as a child.

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