Flaming Hot Dogs

You've probably heard that hot dogs aren't good for you, and I'm going to tell you a story about how hot dogs nearly destroyed me. One summer day, when my kids were about seven and 5-years-old, we went to Costco, and when we arrived home, the kids played upstairs. I unpacked our groceries, cleaned the... Continue Reading →

Snow Day

December 26, 2021, brought significant snowfall to the Pacific Northwest. And I'm not a snow girl, typically. I enjoy the mild weather that brings the wet stuff instead of the white stuff. It's kind of ironic that I was born in Buffalo, New York, in the middle of winter. My parents grew up in small-town... Continue Reading →

My Book Baby

I awoke suddenly and thumped into the bathroom across the hall. It was well after midnight, and I needed to go, a common situation as a past-due pregnant woman. I sat on the toilet, not fully awake. I had a cramp. And then another. And then another. That was no cramp. It was a full-on... Continue Reading →

My Epiphany from Under the Kitchen Sink

epiphany  noun epiph·a·ny \i-ˈpi-fə-nē\ an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking; an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a revealing scene or moment I recently had an opportunity to go to a Christian women’s retreat, and because I’d be leaving my husband and teenage daughters for the weekend, I got... Continue Reading →

Would you like fruit, or weeds?

My kids are very much like my garden. Sometimes they produce the fruit I expect, and sometimes they produce weeds. Other times they wilt and wither until I pour a little love on them. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately because the sun has been shining, and it seems like winter is behind... Continue Reading →

Character Building is Good for Everyone!

When I started homeschooling eight years ago, another homeschooling friend told me that she spent some days working solely on character building. When families have young kids, it’s pretty common for parents to focus on things like encouraging kids to be nice to each other, to show respect to others—you know, being kind. And as... Continue Reading →

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