Finding Beauty

On September 1st, I received word that my junior high art and journalism teacher had lost her battle with breast cancer. What followed was a walk down memory lane that I least expected. I hadn’t thought of my years at Arroyo Seco Junior High in quite some time. Yet, memories of Ms. Berge came flooding […]

Review of A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family

So many blogs, so little time. The internet is just filled with all sorts of great stuff! I could spend days reading all there is out there about home and family management and life as MOM and probably never exhaust it all. Not everything you read, though is that great. So, when you find a […]

Home Management & Meal Times

I’m slowly learning that the bulk of my time is often spent in the kitchen. And not always with pleasure. I love to cook. But, cooking for nine can take its toll. As a result, there has been at least one night a week in the past few weeks when we’ve resorted to take-out because […]

Household Notebook: Getting My Game On

Dishes, laundry, errands, grocery shopping. There are lots of plays in this game of motherhood. Some days the action on the court goes well. You know that “she-shoots, she-scores,” kind of day when you feel like you’re an all star mom or at least on the starting string. And other days? Well, you wonder why […]

Tim Hawkins – Weird Al for Our Generation

Tim Hawkins is a clever comedian who takes well-known tunes and makes them “relevant for today.” Love this one! And, yes, I think I would agree regardless of who had won the last election. The more I study the American Revolution with the kids, the more I realize the preciousness of our freedoms. Hope you […]

Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week

I was talking with someone last week and the question came up how many people I cooked for on a regular basis. When I said 9, the other said, “Wow. We had a company dinner last week and there were 10 of us total. That’s a full table!” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought […]

Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

From Envy to Admiration: When She’s Got What You Want

image from Allposters This post was originally published November 5, 2008. She’s got a nicer house than you. She’s skinnier after having a baby than you were before you ever got pregnant. She’s better organized. She’s got a great job, and you’re “just” ________________. (fill in the blank.) And on and on and on. Chances […]