Archives for October 2011

Differences between Us and the Weasleys

My kids are in to Harry Potter, and I told them that I relate a lot to the Weasleys, the large family with lots of hand me downs and a crazy but affectionate  mom.  They told me that there are two differences between us and the Weasleys.  One, we are not poor.  Two, our house is not upside down.  They didn't say anything about the crazy. … [Read more...]

Body Language and Manners seven year old girl down the street cocks her hip out, extends her opposing leg, tilts her head, and plays with her fingernails as she and my daughter chat. Where in the world did she learn this MOST unbecoming teenage girl posture that communicates "I don't respect myself, and I don't give a d*** about you"?My malleable six year old has definitely noticed, and I can tell she is contemplating whether she is drawn to t … [Read more...]

Halloween Candy Graphing | Building Cathedrals

   I am reposting this so that anyone who is interested can be prepared.  I know that it is super dorky, but Candy Math has become a big part of our halloween tradition, and we really do visit lots of concepts which then help the children with math throughout the year.  Even with very young children, you can do a lot of math with one pack of m&ms!  Halloween Candy Graphing | Building Cathedrals. … [Read more...]

Running and Life -Part 1:Trust the Plan

So, this is sort of a post about running, but also a post about life. Now that I am running a lot, you all may have to be listening to a lot of drawn out analogies on how running is teaching me about life. I run really slowly, so in the course of 10 miles I have way too much time to think!I am training for half marathon, which is coming up in just a few weeks. Last Saturday morning I ran 10 miles. This is, frankly, an amazing number of miles. I did not like to run when I started training, and … [Read more...]

Products We Love:Cascade ActionPacs, Dishwasher Detergent, Fresh Scent, 85-count Container: Health & Personal Care

Okay, so my joy at this product reveals how pathetic and desperate my life is, but a minute or two saved and less frustration is worth a lot around here these days.  My kids often load and run the dishwasher, and I love that they don't have to spill or measure the detergent, lift a heavy box of powder, etc.  Just grab a tab, toss it in the little door, push a button.  We run our washer on "speed cycle", so just 31 minutes later, clean dishes!  There is something fun and magic about the little pac … [Read more...]

Epic October

Since there is a noticeable dearth of October baseball posts from MaryAlice and Red this year and we all miss Mr. MA's poetry, I will fill in the void before it's too late.I grew up in St. Louis, my husband was born in Dallas. Our family has an AL and an NL team that we root for...the Rangers and the Cardinals. So this World Series  is epic...determining bragging rights for all future family Thanksgivings, Christmases, etc. for possibly the rest of our lives. There is a lot riding on it!I … [Read more...]

Sugar and Spice

When I first spoke to my mom following the delivery of our fourth, our only girl, I remarked, "Mom, she's taking to nursing right away; I can't believe it!"  My mom, mother of two daughters, replied, "Oh honey, that's a girl thing.  Enjoy it!"Never before had I truly recognized gender differences until having my own children.  Three XY children in, I thought I had children figured out or at least generalized into some pattern of growth and development.  Then came along our little lady and wow, … [Read more...]

Crazy Christmas Prep Post!

Brace yourselves!  Christmas is just around the corner, and like it or not, trying NOT to think about Christmas will not make Advent a more holy season in your life.  As our family has grown we have desperately searched for a system that will make Advent a time of joy and spiritual preparation, not a time of intense insanity and panic.  With 4 children, a very pregnant belly, 8 nieces and nephews, 5 Godchildren, 4 Advent/Christmas birthdays, and the other usual obligations of the holidays, the ab … [Read more...]


Food for your heart this morning... When I see someone sad, I always think, she is refusing something to Jesus...Cheerfulness is a sign of a generous and mortified person who forgetting all things, even herself, tries to please God in all she does for souls.  Cheerfulness is often a cloak which hides a life of sacrifice, continual union with God, fervor and generosity.  A person who has this gift of cheerfulness very often reaches a great height of perfection.  For God loves a cheerful giver."  ~ … [Read more...]

The Man on the Plane

As I was boarding the airplane on my way home from a trip a couple of weeks ago, there was a slight seat mix-up. The elderly woman who was supposed to sit in the middle seat was sitting in the window seat, taking a nap, and I was sitting in the aisle. Along came the man who I presumed had the middle seat. He stopped and checked his ticket, and I stood to let him in. Rather than moving into the middle seat, however, the man proceeded to wake the sleeping woman by explaining to her that she would … [Read more...]