Call for your Halloween Pictures!


Okay Builders, I want to see what all your cuties were up to this year. There will be plenty of candy math tomorrow at my house!  Click through to see how young my children were, I can't believe it!!Here is my clan. The baby didn't want to dress in theme, so she is pictured below.And baby Josie was a lion. We wanted her to be Gimli but she knew she was cuter than that.QB, didn't mean to push you down, I am just not a Wordpress expert ... here are the AWOLs in Kansas … [Read more...]

Freeze This Moment!

My days are busy and I am not finding much time to stop and smell the roses.  I thought, in a funky and resentful mood last week, that this was because there were not enough roses in my life, but I have been praying for some inner calm and the fruit of that prayer is abundant.I tend to think that a positive family life means that we are all together, laughing, playing board games or reading scripture, playing touch football or serving at the soup kitchen.  I shy away from what B-Mama has c … [Read more...]

More on the “tensions” and, babyfood, and breakfast

I am running on fumes here, so forgive me if this makes very little sense :)First, on the tensions.  The big thing that I wonder about is whether we should be appalled or concerned that this is pretty much a conversation had by women.  Any caring father has these tensions, as well.  Among the builder husbands, some lean in to their careers more and miss out on some family time, while others have changed their careers in order to be around on weeknights for dinner and sports.  In both cases, i … [Read more...]

Two More Fall Recipes

It seems hard to menu plan because we are still having some 80 degree days, but as much as I love being cold and cozy I have found that these two recipes are allowing me to compromise with the season.  This chili is lighter than a usual beef version and uses lots of fresh farmer's market produce.  I even used fresh tomatoes instead of canned.  The apple crisp, made with apples we picked ourselves, can be served with ice cream and also makes a wonderful (if a bit sugary) breakfast tr … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic


I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am.Some days I run around and meet their ne … [Read more...]

September 11 and Living History

On September 11, we pray, we grieve, and we remember.  Just the words "World Trade Center" bring tears to my eyes, I remember those who were lost but I also remember the shocking feeling of vulnerability in the city which I love, and the way that so many people came together to honor those who were killed and those who were working in Ground Zero.  I remember flags at half staff and fire departments draped with purple bunting.  I don't have to watch the news coverage over and over again to re … [Read more...]

Unexpected Good Advice

I called today to arrange for some home maintenance work that I need done twice a year.  The time frame they gave me was not specific (they might come anytime, all day, until it gets dark).  My gut reaction is anger, that is such a crap way to run a business, but on the other hand it is seasonal work and they are trying to do as many homes as they can in the next two or three weeks, so I guess that's just how it goes. Anyway, when I asked the receptionist for a smaller window I whined a little b … [Read more...]

Outstanding Math Picture Book

My preschool set has a new vocabulary, and my older ones are thinking about math in a different way as well after reading this great book many times.  I can't recommend it enough.  I got it at my local library, and hopefully your library has it too!My philosophy of elementary education involves picture books for every subject, but I think that Math is sometimes neglected.  The fun pictures and real objects in this book make the lessons accessible to everyone.A few other math picture bo … [Read more...]



I live in New Jersey, so almost every family I know spends a lot of time at "the shore" during the summer.  Some take day trips and others are lucky enough to have a week long rental with grandparents, but everybody loves the beach.  I have to tell you, I feel a little "meh" about the beach.  I have fun when I am there, but it is not the vacation I would choose.  I am a woods and mountain girl.  If I can get away in the summer, I like to go someplace where the nights are cool and the landscape is … [Read more...]

To School

As you may already know, two of my children will be going to school outside of our home this fall.  I have been laughing as I think that they are not going "back to school" in September, but rather "to school" for the first time at ages 10 and 11.I'd like to know what advice you have for me - not for them this time, though I may ask for that later, as I adjust to being a school parent.  I am particularly unsure about morning routine, homework negotiations, adjusting to a new culture and r … [Read more...]