Earning My Stripes–Part II

In the spirit of Juris Mater's post about her afternoon outing to the bank with children, I have another tale to tell; another piece of documentation about motherhood. Will it win me "Mother of the Year"? I highly doubt it. But will it add to the growing layers of my motherly identity? You betcha. :)Just this past week my family has been at the beach, enjoying a final summer getaway before the school year begins. They live hundreds of miles away in the midwest, so this week has been a … [Read more...]

In the news

U.S. News and World Report thinks so.But I reckon there are at least 7 Builders out there who would sorely disagree! :)How can they really rank colleges anyway?  I will question this as long as we're #2!  lol. … [Read more...]

The Practice of Tidiness

As mothers and fathers, we are called upon throughout the day to practice a lot of things--patience, perseverance, discipline, godliness, holiness... and I would argue among these is TIDINESS. Yes, I'm placing the orderliness of one's home right alongside the most Godly traits above. Why?Because I believe everyone (yes everyone) has the ability to practice tidiness; to harness the habit of an orderly lifestyle so that life runs a little smoother. And I would argue that with more tidiness comes … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding 101

As we have joyfully welcomed boy #3 into our home and hearts, I have begun the breastfeeding journey once again...  It is a well-worn road in our home and one that I cherish traveling with each of my children.  Baby J is no exception and has been taking to feeding famously!  Hallelujah!Though with each child I'm learning that everything is different and in some ways, it's like I'm a new mother all over again.  Thank goodness for the lactation nurse who I met the other day at our pediatrician's of … [Read more...]

Work I Never Expected

I can remember the day I sat down with a friend to hear how the first months of her marriage had gone. She was one of the first of "my girls" to get married--the rest of us looking to her to report back on her marital findings before the we "took the plunge"! We were meeting up at a coffee shop and I couldn't wait to hear about how "over the moon" she was now being married to her beloved husband; how they were madly in love; how their intimacy was like no other; how life was like clockwork and … [Read more...]

While we are still waiting to hear details,CONGRATULATIONS to Texas Mommy and family on the arrival of their newest baby boy last night!!!!Both Mommy and baby are well.  Praise God!More details to come... … [Read more...]


A Reason to Celebrate

Happy Baptismal Birthday to our beloved M!!Stone by stone... day by day... cookie by cookie. :) … [Read more...]

When Mom Comes to Town

My mother arrived last night to help with the pre-baby preparations...What is it that is so amazing about mothers, really?  Just having her here, knowing she's present is such solace to me.  She knows what I like and dislike.  We laugh at the same things.  She helps me see the humor in my sons' crazy antics.  She still knows what's best for me and orders me to take a nap and slow down.  She just gets me in a way that others do not.  And why?  Because she birthed me, raised me, scolded me, loved m … [Read more...]

Why We Need to Buy a Hybrid

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Our Friend, H2O

Swelling... swelling.One of the many wonderful side-effects of pregnancy. In your ankles, legs, hands and fingers... Swelling.Water.The doctors and midwives tell you to drink it.You try.  You really do.But it's so hard to get that daily 64oz.And add on countless more liters if you're exercising, already nursing, etc.Not to mention it has no taste!Yet this pregnancy I have become a believer in water.  I have been overwhelmed at its healing and life-giving power.  I should know better.  A Biology b … [Read more...]