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Counting the Days

2009-May-212

Every day is a bank accountAnd time is our currencySo nobody’s rich, nobody’s poorWe get 24 hours eachSo how are you gonna spendWill you invest, or squanderTry to get aheadOr help someone who’s under Teach us to count the daysTeach us to make the days countLead us in better waysThat somehow our souls forgotLife means […]

Time for MOM: Spend Time with a Friend

2008-December-061

My friend Jessika and I have known each other for about 15 years! It’s so fun to walk through motherhood together. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis It’s good for mom to get out. […]

Need a Last-Minute Gift for Dad?

2007-June-061

The pressure can be something fierce when Father’s Day roll around. The purpose is to honor the dads in your life, but it can become this, “Oh-my-I-better-get-him-something-good” frenzy. And “something good” can often be translated into “something expensive.” But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can honor Dad and still respect the wallet. […]

Time for Mom: Enjoy Your Peeps!

2008-October-036

I’m off for a weekend with my family. Being away from home can be a lot of work. I have a lot of the same responsibilities in terms of childcare and family management, but without the comforts of home. But, the other side of the coin is that I have fewer household duties because I’m […]

Are Girls Different?

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I’ve successfully potty trained four boys. And I’ve lived to tell about it. While I still step in the occasional puddle, for the most part the experience has been painless. In fact, most of them trained in less than a week. My method has been to wait until they were 3 and more than capable […]

Book It! SisterChicks in Wooden Shoes

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Read any good books lately? A couple years ago I stumbled upon a book at the library called SisterChicks on the Loose! by Robin Jones Gunn. It was first in a series of books about “SisterChicks”. What’s that? A sisterchick is “a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a […]

More Ways to Streamline Your Life (Part 7)

2009-April-013

Looking for more ways to streamline your life? You can simplify and maximize the enjoyment you take from your home and family time. I love the title of a Calvin and Hobbes book, The days are just packed! Ain’t that the truth?! Between 6:11 am (about when FishBaby awakes) and 11:39 pm (about when I […]

Sugar and Spice

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For my first 10 years of parenting, blue was the primary color in these here parts. With four boys in 7 years, I never thought that I would ever see pink or ribbons or Mary Janes. God, of course, had other plans. And while it’s taken some adjusting, we all – even FishBoy5 – appreciate […]