Total Eclipse of My Heart

We blinked, and time catapulted us to this place where our daughter is suddenly ten.  Ten! I expected to be a blubbering ball of nostalgia when my youngest child hit double digits, wounded by a sentimental arrow to the heart.  But it didn’t happen.  Sure, I miss the adorableness that was toddlerhood… but that phase of life was exhausting.  The only time we got a moment … Continue reading Total Eclipse of My Heart

Horse Birthday Party

Another year, another birthday!  Since Maggie cherishes the time she spends at the barn with Rosie, we weren’t surprised when she asked for a horse themed party.  We told her Rosie could be part of the party plan if she kept it small, and she was thrilled.  She invited one friend and the neighbor kids to play on Saturday, and on Sunday morning we stopped at the … Continue reading Horse Birthday Party

Tuesdays with Rosie

You know that moment when your daughter kinda sorta thinks she got a horse for Christmas, when in reality she got a JOB helping to care for someone else’s horse?  Yeah. that happened here on Christmas morning: It all started a few months ago when Clark had an epiphany about Maggie:  “She’s a 4-H girl!” he exclaimed.  It’s so true.  How had we not seen it … Continue reading Tuesdays with Rosie

Mr. President

Election season came early to our household, but fortunately student council candidates aren’t allowed to make robo calls.  Instead, they spend copious hours designing posters, writing speeches, and begging for button making machines.  Sam ran for President, and Maggie for Sergeant at Arms. We are so proud of them both!  Maggie didn’t make it to the final round this time, but her disappointment didn’t dampen the … Continue reading Mr. President

Puppy Dog Birthday: A Perfect Paw-ty Theme!

Maggie asked for a puppy-themed 9th birthday party.  My initial reaction was, “Aren’t you a little old for that?”  But in my quest to be a less-controlling mother, I let it go and agreed that a puppy party was a brilliant idea.  As usual, when I let my children take the lead on things like this (you know, things that matter hugely to them yet … Continue reading Puppy Dog Birthday: A Perfect Paw-ty Theme!

Gratitude Day 1: Maggie & Marley

There is a Gratitude Challenge going around on Facebook right now.  It encourages people to spend a few minutes each day reflecting upon their blessings, and then posting about them.  Last week I was nominated, and I have decided to accept the challenge. Sorta. I am blessed to say that listing 15 things, people, moments, or experiences for which I am grateful is an easy task. … Continue reading Gratitude Day 1: Maggie & Marley

Fashionista

This morning Maggie asked me a very serious question. “Mama, do you know how I put this outfit together?” I was in the middle of brushing my teeth, and glanced at her with a foamy mouth.  “Tell me, ” I replied. First she pointed to her leggings.   “Puppies…” she declared. Next she pointed to her flowered skirt.  “Playing in the garden…” Lastly, she pointed … Continue reading Fashionista