Gratitude 12: Watching Your Child’s Dream Come True

Today Sam won his school’s Geography Bee.  For real! Photo evidence: Some of you will remember when Sam was in second grade, how he so desperately wanted to enter a geography bee that he decided to invent one.  If you care to hear the tale of our little boy and his enormous lie, you can read it here.  But in a nutshell:  he created geography bee … Continue reading Gratitude 12: Watching Your Child’s Dream Come True

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

Sam Bam

Tomorrow Sam turns 10, so this is our last snapshot of his single digit years: I think he looks happy?  We’re not messing up too terribly, right? He was still up reading at 11:53 pm, so I yanked him out of bed.  It was only seven minutes until his birthday, and I needed to clutch him close and tell him that the past decade has … Continue reading Sam Bam

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

Little House, Big Memories

My junior high years bordered on miserable.  Every day I launched off the school bus, bolted up the driveway, and shed my back brace onto the living room floor.  At that age I was allowed to remove my scoliosis contraption for 4 hours each day, and I always spent my first hour of freedom with Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She was my daily dose of sanity. … Continue reading Little House, Big Memories