Family Calendar 2.0

Different calendaring methods worked great when my kids were younger, but sadly, those days are gone, and now it’s time for Family Calendar 2.0.…


First Answer to Prayer

I was in the first grade, and I had lost a reading book that my teacher let me take home. The book was due back, but it was no where to be found. I looked and looked. Mrs. Johnson kept bugging me to return the book. I so wanted to please my teacher and felt terrible that I had let her down.…


Cash Will Do

I am sure I’m not the only one that Easter snuck up on. In my mind March is for St. Patrick’s Day and April is for Easter. For some years now we have tried to do our baskets on Saturday morning, but as of publication there is nothing to go inside them. Luckily, Crew came up with a great idea.…


Taking My Cue From Nature

What if you took your exercise cues from nature and gave your body his or her own winter?…


Own It

My children struggle a bit to own their mistakes. It seems like when they are busted they divert and try to blame a sibling, the circumstance, or even me or Chad sometimes. Most of the time a simple “I’m sorry” would suffice and we could all move on, but because they won’t own their mistake, the problem is unnecessarily extended. Chad and I handle our children’s attempts at misdirection in three ways.…


Homeschooling Highlights

I homeschooled all four of my kids last year and it sorta kicked my butt. Some days were straight out of a dream and a few days were out of a nightmare. However, most days were somewhere in between. Through all our time together we had some wonderful highlights.…


My Wish for My Daughters

My 25-year-old self cannot believe I am writing this post. She would disagree with me whole-heartedly. She would say that my thinking is archaic and insulting. She would want me to write about a college education, self-confidence, happiness, or pursuit of dreams. She would be ashamed and disappointed in my 1950’s thinking. But my 25-year-old self, didn’t know Chad yet.…


Know Better, Do Better

This is a difficult post to write because it exposes some of my mistakes and weaknesses as a mother. It’s painful to admit that I screwed up or did things wrong. But I’m also proud of this post because it demonstrates courage. I’ve recognized a deficiency in my parenting and I’m making efforts to correct it. And that’s all I can expect of myself. When I know better, I do better. The bottom line is I’ve haven’t given Croft the same kind of time as I’ve given my other children. She came as a bit of a surprise, just 19 months after Crew. Frankly, I don’t remember much about her pregnancy, her birth or her infancy. My husband lived out of tow…

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