To Be More Joyful: Take a Time Out

I’m on a quest to be a more joyful mom. And while I am not one who counts the days to “get away” from her children, I do appreciate a few moments that are little quieter, a little simpler, a little more restful than the go-go-go that my regular days hold. Over the years, I’ve […]

Jesus is Why

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Meal Planning: Short and Sweet

Having a month-long meal plan is really helping me out this week. I’ve been so busy cleaning and stressing, stressing and cleaning, it was nice not to have to think. The meals that we missed over the last two weeks for various reasons got plugged into the spaces left by things we ate for lunches […]

Trials of Various Kinds

Photo Source: Denis Defreyne If you keep up with me and my craziness on Facebook or on Twitter, you might already know that I’m dealing with my first (and I hope my last) mouse invasion. Not sure where he came from or when he checked into this fine establishment, but over the last few days, […]

Booking It! The July Update

I’m hanging my head in shame this month. There’s just been so much going on that I haven’t been “booking it” as much as I thought I would. I started two books that I didn’t finish before they were due back at the library. I enjoyed the first third of My Life in France by […]

To Be More Joyful: Be a Yes Mom

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Ain’t that the truth? I don’t know about you, but for me, crabby can manifest itself in a […]

Freezer Cooking Plan for July

As you may know, freezer cooking has become a way of life for me. I started the practice of “once-a-month cooking” when I was pregnant with FishBoy13. And over the last thirteen years it has served our family well. I didn’t always do 30 meals every time, but having meals in the freezer has always […]

Sock Matching and the Mystery of the Lost Socks

Where, oh where could their socks have gone? Where, oh where can they be? Singing the Sock Matching Blues Are you singing this song while you do laundry? I am. It’s an occupational hazard in “life as MOM.” Socks will go AWOL. I have this childhood memory of a huge duffle bag bulging with mismatched […]