Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

...for the exhausted Mommy.¬†I made the mistake of telling the boys yesterday that we would make a treat for today's Feast of the Holy Cross. But this morning making something like microwave popcorn seemed to require a heroic amount of energy.Thankfully I had exactly 2 store bought tortillas left in the fridge and set up a station for our resident baker with a cookie cutter, melted butter and sugar and cinnamon. After he brushed and sprinkled we popped them in the oven for about 8 minutes … [Read more...]


My husband alerted me to this interesting article titled Homeschool Blindspots, by Reb Bradley. It has great thoughts on raising Christian kids whether or not you homeschool. It is so very easy to get caught in a trap of trying to fulfill our own plans at the expense of others and criticizing and controlling when your children are with you all day everyday! … [Read more...]

In the Know

Last Tuesday I got a call from Red. She immediately let me know that she was ok and B-Mama was ok. I was about to let her know how our Tuesday was going as well, which was apparently not the correct response and she asked, "You know about the earthquake, right?"I was trying to process the fact that to my knowledge both ladies were at home on the east coast and asked Red to let me know what on earth was going on.This is fairly indicative of my grasp on current events at this stage. I used to … [Read more...]

Good Riddance

Some of my older friends tell of a time when they went en masse with their siblings to the hospital to get everyone's tonsils removed. While those days are over and surgery more rare, 3 builders will have had children who needed tonsils removed within a year, all for different reasons and I know many more who have had the same.B-Mama's son is next up, with his slatted to be removed on tomorrow, Friday. Please say a prayer for their little man (and his mama). While we all hate to see our little … [Read more...]

To Be Two

Pictures taken exactly .002 seconds apart. … [Read more...]

More Misunderstood

Today in the car the boys were discussing their future professions.Dash (5): "I want to be a ¬†butterfly farmer."Jack-Jack (4): "I want to be a chef."Incredibaby (2): "I want to be a doctor. But the kind that doesn't give shots and gives lots of lollipops."The baby paused and added, "And Mommy will clean."I asked in a rather higher than usual voice while suppressing all sorts of snarky comments in my head, "Mommy will clean?!"To which he replied, "No, Mommy, you're the … [Read more...]

Pet Envy

My kids want a pet. As someone who requested a horse for every single holiday, be it President's Day or Christmas, for about 12 years, I can understand their desire. As a mom with many bells to answer to, I can understand my reluctance. I have an easy excuse for saying no to cats and dogs as my son and I are allergic. We have any number of insects in cages, nets, bags at any point in time. But the most recent requests have been for fish.My question is this: Can I handle a fish? I mean, it … [Read more...]


It has been one of those days.Our little one was dragged under water at the pool this morning (even with coast guard approved flotation device) prompting me to dive in and fish him out. Much choking and sputtering later he was ok.Later, our big boy choked on a lollipop (one of the only kinds he can have) when it came off the stick. Determining that it was faster to drive to the ER than call an ambulance (we were in the car) we arrived and he very spectacularly vomited the lodged candy in the … [Read more...]

Scheduling School Time

Awhile ago we had a great discussion on some ideas for a good family routine when trying to teach older kids and keep little ones happy and out of (too much) trouble. I promised several people that I would share what has worked in our family this year. As much as I would love to spend the next few years in a relaxed manner reading and following rabbit trails, the reality is that this does not work for our oldest son. So, as with so many things, I had to cast aside my ideas of what I wanted our … [Read more...]

On Shaping

From the Simply Charlotte Mason blog:Shaping requires intimate knowledge, trusting relationship, careful monitoring, constant interaction. We must become our children's students, studying them, learning about them, discovering where they need shaping and how best to use our shaping tools in their lives.(This series of posts on the process of shaping based on Miss Mason's motto for students: I am, I can, I ought, I will looks really interesting!) … [Read more...]