A New Melody

When I went to seek solace in Bach's Cello Suites this morning, which we listen to almost daily, I was horrified to find them gone from my iPod and an emergency check on the computer showed them missing from my iTunes account. Our old computer died over a month ago and in the transfer of everything from the old to the new we appear to have lost some stuff. My boys have become accustomed to the strains of the cello, and the music seems to calm our sensory integration disorder child. In fact, for a … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Mr. Incredible!

Dear Mr. Incredible,On Monday morning, you got the kids up and fed them breakfast while I laid in bed. When I finally dragged myself out, you were surely late for work, but didn’t say a word about that or the fact that I forgot to wish you happy birthday.When you called to see how things were going in the afternoon, instead of saying a cheerful, “Happy Birthday, my love,” I said, “The baby threw up and I can barely stand, can you come home?”And you said, “I’m on my way.”When you got home … [Read more...]

A Little More on Abandonment…

From today's meditation from In Conversation with God:So many people have their own plans for their own wellbeing that only too often they look on God simply as someone who will help them to carry out those same plans. The true state of affairs is quite the opposite. God has his own plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help him accomplish them - and let us be quite clear about it: we cannot improve on God's plans....He arranges everything in such a way as to make detachment … [Read more...]

Family Read-Aloud Time

I have a totally unrealistic dream. I imagine me sitting in a chair with an enchanting, living book in hand reading to my three sweet boys who are playing or drawing peacefully and quietly, attentive to the beautiful story, absorbing its language and its richness. I'm sure my husband is laughing across cyberspace quipping to himself, "Maybe I should introduce her to our children."I  would love to establish a family read aloud time for longer chapter books, but my attempts thus far have failed … [Read more...]

Summer Strategies

Since snow days are rare in Texas, we don't have the winter cabin fever like some of our friends further North. But when summer hits, it can be brutal. We are instituting some new routines and incentives around here to help us order our summer days.We try to go to our neighborhood pool early (8am) to beat some of the intense sun, but by the time everyone is splashed out we still have several hours until lunch. In an effort to minimize friction between our sensory child and the others, we are … [Read more...]

Can’t Be Outdone By B-Mama…

Special Ed graduation...the hats were too cute!! And, yes, I cried, too, B-Mama!! These boys are just too sweet! … [Read more...]

Overheard in the Car

Boy 1: "I'm thinking of a number between ten thousand and 6 million." Mom thinks, "Wow, this is going to take awhile." Boy 2: "One hundred!" Boy 1: "You're right!"Boy 2: "I'm thinking of a letter between A and B." Boy 1 (slightly puzzled): "A and a half?" … [Read more...]

(Not so) Great Expectations

10 days ago I went on a retreat. I hadn't been for 2 years, since I was pregnant with Incredibaby, so I was very much looking forward to it. As probably the most intensely introverted of the builder bunch, I was looking forward to the silence and solitude more than anything. 9 peaceful hours of quiet in the car by myself, my own little peaceful room and 3 days of silence and meditation. This was what I expected, what I had determined I needed. Despite hemming and hawing and insisting that I … [Read more...]


My husband and I play a little game with the boys when we hit a red light: "Mommy, Mommy," they beg, "make the light change! Remember to ask it nicely!"And then we begin a short or long request for the light to change to green using lots of big words and fancy language by keeping our eye on the lights the other direction waiting for them to change yellow to make our final triumphant request for green. The boys squeal with glee that we have once again made the light change at our command. Rocket … [Read more...]

Roman Coffee

Juris Mater's Roman adventure has me thinking nostalgically of the time I spent living in Roma, working as an intern at the US Embassy to the Vatican. I thought I'd post one of the vignettes I sent out during my time there. This is the one about coffee. Which reminds me, and maybe I am the last person in the world to figure this out, but I have started pouring my coffee into a travel mug in the mornings, even when we don't leave the house. It stays warm for hours. Brilliant!! How did it take me … [Read more...]