There are many things people do not warn you about when you become a new parent. I have already blocked from my memory the many things I did not know from that precious yet terrifying baby stage… At this older stage, it is the impossible questions which have given me pause. It is not even the fact that they are asked, but the unpredictable timing! Continue reading
My daughter (my youngest, my baby!) turned 7 years old yesterday. Allow me to be a little nostalgic… She’s had a tremendous amount of growth in the last year – she can read a chapter book, tie her own shoes, get herself dressed. She is incredibly independent and self-sufficient. She knows what she wants, and she will do what it takes to make that happen! (Even if that means deceiving her parents…) Continue reading
My 6-year-old and I sat together at Panera for dinner the other night. (Seriously – I’ve written so often about writing or eating at Panera over the years of blog writing, I should get a royalty from the place…) She loves their soup – broccoli cheese on this occasion. She will tear a large chunk of bread, dip it in the warm soup, close her eyes and savor each bite. I love when she takes such pleasure from little things in life! Continue reading
My kids are reasonably well-behaved when out in public. We get the occasional comment from a friend or stranger kindly acknowledging how polite they are. When this happens, I must make sure they know the truth… Do not be fooled! This is an illusion!
Yes, they’re pretty dang good, but they are NOT perfect. They bicker and fight just like all normal kids. They push each other’s buttons in an attempt to drive each other insane. They say something to the other solely to start a fight. The sibling responds, voices escalate, yelling begins, mom or dad get involved. This whole cycle brings nothing but negativity and distress to our family!
I LOVE fall camping trips… cool, crisp mornings, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the smell of campfire thick in the air.
Unfortunately, with soccer games, church commitments, and the overwhelmingly busy fall schedule, we have not made time for a September camping trip in years. But this year, we decided to make it work. We needed to make it work! Continue reading
Why do we spend so much time worried about what others think of us? My poor 9-year-old struggles with this – he has since he was little. He doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, he wants to follow the rules, yet he wants to do what his friends do. It can be a real struggle, and he is only in 3rd grade! The kid has no clue what is store the next 10 years… Continue reading