Baby Watch T Minus 3 Weeks and Counting

Well, it’s been an “exciting” week. More Braxton-Hicks contractions than I care to think about. Wednesday I had contractions every five minutes for about 10-12 hours. Since my previous births have been fairly fast and furious, the idea of labor starting gets me a little nervous. I know I need to be on my ready. […]

A Call to Prayer

Hey y’all. Just a shout out to say, I’m not ready for a baby tonight! I’ve had Braxton-Hicks for about 8 hours. The doc says it’s just practice, not “labor”. But, I’m tired and it is annoying. I’ve been trying to sleep for the last three hours, but have a contraction every 5-15 minutes. So, […]

Three Cheers for the FBA!

As I mentioned earlier, having so many boys in succession contributes to a certain sense of camraderie and identity, male-bonding at a young age. By the time we had FishBoy4, we had coined the term FishBoys as a way to call them to attention when we were leaving church, the park, or a friend’s house. […]

Preschool Play: Monkey Treats

Years ago when the first FishBoy was a toddler, we met Monkey. I think it started on car rides home, trying to keep FishBoy awake until naptime. You know, when you want the kid to have a good, 2-hour nap in his bed and not a 10-minutes’ catnap in the car? You’ll do anything to […]

TGIF: Happy Fourth of July!

Thanks to everyone who shared their celebratory plans for Independence Day! You can go here and here for some last minute inspiration. Have a wonderful day today! May the bugs be few, the BBQ tender, and the fireworks exceptional. As you head out for all the fun doings that the Fourth of July holds, don’t […]

Book It! The Hidden Art of Homemaking

One of my favorite books of all time is Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking. It is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to add beauty to his or her life. There are chapters addressing many areas of life that welcome creative expression: music, painting, writing, interior decorating, flower arrangements, clothing, and my favorites: […]

The Long Defeat

This past week, my husband was gone for a few days. The house didn’t burn down. I made zero trips to the ER. I never had to call poison control. And I lived to tell about it. And I am glad he’s home. As I went to bed the night before his return, however, I […]

Emergency Preparedness

Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]