Nine Decades

grandma

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 […]

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When Losing is Winning

UNO

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 […]

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Just Reading, Mom

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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, […]

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Natural Consequences and a Cheating Mom

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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 […]

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How to Host a Tea Party

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I’m too often the mom who is too busy.  Not right now.  Maybe later.  I’m already cleaning up one mess.  After your nap.  I’m working.  Not before dinner!  Just a minute.  Is your room clean?  We ran out of time today. Oh, they won’t remember it anyway.  Not today.  Maybe tomorrow.  Ask your sister.  Play […]

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