Happy People

Happy people are fun to be with. How can I be one of them? We have this interesting dynamic going on at our house. Some of my kids are really into laughing, clapping, humming, dancing. Others? Not so much. Recently, an older sibling was shushing a younger one for expressing that joie de vivre. I […]

Life is not lived in epic battles.

Photo source: © 2003 – New Line Cinema I am a movie and book junkie. I love a good story. And I’m enraptured by that classic battle of good versus evil. We’ve watched our fair share of adventure and action movies this summer. I’m a sucker for The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Narnia. […]

Say 6 Encouraging Words Before Breakfast

My sister brought the kids a copy of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland back in May. They’ve probably watched it ten times in the last few months. It’s a favorite flick, indeed. I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect it to be  good, but I really enjoyed it. Hubs did, too. […]

A Confession

I confess, Lord, that I have nitpicked my children. Oh yes, I have. In the name of wanting to teach them the right way to go, I’ve discouraged them. One sighs, “I can’t do anything right.” And my heart tears in two. Please change me. Please forgive me. Please use my words to build them […]

How Do You Recharge?

The “life as MOM” is rife with challenges as well as joys. It’s important that we have the strength to work at our full capacity. But, how? When I was a brand new mom, I remember folks urging me to have “me time.” They went on and on about how important it was to do […]

Needing You More

As my children grow older, I realize finally what my friend Cathy meant when she said my children would need me more, not less, as they approached the teen years. My three younger children, 7, 5, and 3, need me to orchestrate baths, prepare their meals, and take care of a myriad of other details. […]

Knowing When to Ditch the Plan

We took a few days off recently. Hubby was home from work. My parents came. We invested in Big Bear. A butterfly landed on my shoulder. Tuesday was our first day “back” to real life. Yeah. uh-huh. ahem. The Plan I started my monthly freezer cooking session on Monday night and decided that I would finish […]

10 Things I Want to Do with My Kids As Easter Approaches

With ten days until Easter, I’m making some goals on how to make those days spiritually meaningful for me and my family. Lately my kids are just little spiritual sponges. I’ve had more theological discussions with these little people in the last month than I have had with anyone in a long time. It’s been […]