But always try to be kind…

"He did what now?" "You need to say sorry to him! Go on, give him a hug!" "We don't hurt our brothers." These phrases are said a lot in our home right now... I have four boys, four growing boys, who seem to get a surge of testosterone with every growth spurt they encounter. The... Continue Reading →

Spontaneous Vacations

It started as a pretty regular Monday morning... During breakfast I wrote a sentence on our board for the two little boys, and then I turned away to make some coffee. When I looked back at the board, big brother had come and gone, but he had most assuredly left his mark. These days of... Continue Reading →

“It’s my birthday?!”

"Mama! Why so many balloons out there?!" The little face standing beside my bed whispered. I could feel his breath on my eyeballs. He had just walked through a small sea of balloons across the living room floor to get to my bedroom. "It's your birthday buddy! You're three now!" I answered with a grin... Continue Reading →

“Mom, have you seen my…?

These are the introductory words to many a sentence around here... It's like a skill testing challenge in which I have mere seconds to prove my memory capabilities. For instance: "Mom, have you seen my pants?" is a complex question. "Your jogging pants? Your adventure pants? (AKA the grey quick dry track pants... obviously) Your jeans?... Continue Reading →

Poetry with 4 boys.

  "Your teacher said we need to do some poetry this term..." I said the words to him like any good homeschooling mama would as he stared at me with a face of, "You must be joking." I wasn't joking. Did you know April is national poetry month? It's true. I read it on the internet... Continue Reading →

Truth Unchanging

I'm always scouring the earth (or internet bookstores, for the sake of accuracy) for good solid encouraging mom devotionals, and I'm always looking to add to my collection. Recently, I found this gem. Truth Unchanging by Becky Thompson. She had me at the title... I'm a firm supporter of unchanging truth... For me, this book has been an... Continue Reading →

“I wonder if you’ll ever…”

These are the beginning words to questions I have often wondered and asked. Questions laced with hope, and a tiny bit of suspicion. Deep down I think I've always known the answer to these questions, which is "Yes, of course you will... but maybe not for awhile. Of course you will, probably really soon. And,... Continue Reading →

He hit me with his best shot…

He had a high fever when he went to bed, but he still managed to successfully sleep through the night. I checked on him several times before I went to bed myself. The next morning, still in the 5 am's, I heard him coming for me. I heard his hoarse cough grow louder as he... Continue Reading →


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