Little Helpers

The other evening my husband came rushing up the stairs and asked for my phone. "How do I take pictures with this thing?" After a 2-second tutorial, he hustled down to the basement. That's usually not a good thing for us. Exhibit A Exhibit B I chose to remain temporarily oblivious to whatever disaster was looming below, and post-supper clean-up resumed until he came … [Read more...]

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Nine Decades

Last night we made a pit stop on our way home from a ballgame. While the rest of the family was hee-hawing over my husband and 93-years-young grandpa playing a game of pitch, I visited with these two gems. Life is precious, and these girls, spanning 90 years, prove it! I'm so grateful they get to know one another. It's a Finer Thing. Also, my grandparents have been … [Read more...]

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When Losing is Winning

Yesterday, I put him off all day. "Not right now." "I'm nursing the baby." "After I send these emails." "We have to eat lunch first." "I need to answer one more oils question." "We have to pack sandwiches for the ballgame." "We need to go to the ballgame." It was all legit. It was a busy day, and I didn't get everything done. I'm not going to get … [Read more...]

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Just Reading, Mom

Moms of toddlers. Silence may be golden to rest of the world, but it is cause for alarm (or at the very least, an investigation) in our homes, am I right? Silence is what sent me on an early morning hunt an hour ago. And I found this. Tucked away in her new hand-me-down bedroom, in the back corner of the house. Baby at her side. Book in hand. Just … [Read more...]

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Natural Consequences and a Cheating Mom

I'm a firm believer in natural consequences as a learning tool. You ignore your alarm or my wake up call? Be frantic or late to school. You forget your PE shoes or instrument? Suffer the consequences set by the teacher. Stubborn about tonight's supper (even though you ate it fine last time)? A growling tummy once every few months never hurt anyone. I usually manage to let it … [Read more...]

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