Lessons From the Littles: Forgiveness

She pooped in the tub.  Again. I've had zero patience with that and she knows better and my voice raises through clenched teeth and you're supposed to poop on the toilet and why didn't you tell me you had to go?! "Sorry, Mama.  Sorry, Mama.  Sorry, Mama" fell on deaf ears as I removed the offending waste and cleared the bath toys and cleaned the tub and I do not have time … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Littles: Praise with Gusto

If you're happy and you know it, shout Amen.  AMEN! If you're happy and you know it shout Amen.  AMEN!... That was the spirited chorus of  my children shouting as we walked home from the post office this morning.  No ensemble could be sweeter. Unbridled praise, with gusto -- cried out to the world, and whoever happened to be walking along main street.  (which, in Tiny … [Read more...]

Uncle Angel

Sunday would have been my brother's 30th birthday. As we were headed to the hospital that afternoon to meet and love on our brand new niece, birthdays were the topic of a lively conversation.  My boy turned 4 on Saturday, and the new precious babe now shares his birthday!  While we were chatting, I said "Hey guys.  It's Uncle Brett's birthday today." And she did it … [Read more...]

Children – Natural Minimalists

Children are naturally frugal, simple beings. They crave food, shelter, and loving attention.  Pretty basic. As adults, we tend to complicate our kids' lives unnecessarily, which can easily lead to overspending on them.  We're the ones who give them too many choices (a room full of toys or a closet full of clothes) too many scheduled activities (because mom and dad get … [Read more...]

It’s a Stretch

The 16 inch was comfortable; an easy adjustment after ditching the training wheels. But the 18 inch, even without solid footing, would last longer. We knew there might be a learning curve.  Some tears.  Maybe a bloody knee. She feared momentarily, then stretched. Stretching pulls, awakens tired muscles, and stimulates growth. Never be afraid to stretch:  your … [Read more...]