Climbin’ on the Birthday Express

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. May heralds the beginning of the celebratory season at our house. As […]

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To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found: I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He […]

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TGIF: I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Make Some Ice Cream

Around our house, Friday evening is the time for relaxing and having fun. The FishBoys play their allotment of GameCube that they’ve been waiting for all week (30 min. per kid). And often we do pizza and soda pop as a treat. Or a movie and popcorn. Another activity that my kids like is sugar. […]

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Meal Planning 101

So, we need to apply good principles to the management of our homes. One of those is to keep everyone well fed. As much as I enjoy a run through McDonald’s (or Chipotle or Taco Bell or Subway), making that a regular habit is not good for my family’s health or our budget. There’s no […]

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How You Can Still Be Romantic Even When You’ve Got Kids

Today my sweet hubby and I celebrate fourteen years of marriage. Back when this picture was taken, we didn’t have a clue what was in store for us: five, no, six, children, three miscarriages, a cross-country move, job changes, financial ups and financial downs, back trouble, and lots and lots of coupons. God has been […]

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My Mom

She’s raised five children: three girls, then 2 boys. She’s taught kindergarten, Girl Scouts, and college. She’s been blessed by the arrivals of four grandsons and now four granddaughters. (Nanna is her name). She’s always had a fierce love for us kids. Her favorite saying, though grossly inaccurate, is “my child is always right.” While […]

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Me as MOM

I am a mom. To some I am Jessica; others call me FishMama. My husband, God bless him, calls me “Super Ultra Lightning Babe.” But, for most of my day, Mama is my name. After God and my husband, my children are the most precious to me. It’s a good thing, too, since I have […]

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