Asking for Help

A couple of weeks ago, we were having a great discussion about burnout, both with respect to the parents and the children in our families. Many of you made some very thoughtful comments, and I appreciated everyone's honest and encouraging words.One of the comments that struck a particular chord with me was written by Juris Mater, regarding hiring help for Mom:"I have said this before, but I don't think that hiring help should be an upperclass privilege. I think that setting money aside to … [Read more...]

Full Pantry, Empty Heart

The life of a military family is full of ups and downs. Great assignments, tough jobs, deployments, new doctors, packing, moving, friends, family.For the last two years we have been living in a multi-family apartment building in central Germany. This heightens both the challenges and rewards of being an Army family living on an  Army post. On Monday I lost my best, best Army-wife-mom friend. She lived in the same stairwell as me, we had children of similar ages who got along swimmingly. We … [Read more...]

Swim Team: A Summertime Phenomenon

I find it hard to believe that I'm actually saying this, but I'm going to miss swim team when it's all said and done. Tonight was meant to be the last swim meet of the season, but due to thunder and lightning the meet has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening...And I actually found myself grinning from ear to ear, happy to be extending the swim season for just one more day. How can this be, you ask? Well, I must admit that I'm quite surprised myself! After all, daily practices with a toddler and … [Read more...]

Six Years a Christian…

Yesterday marked the six-year anniversary of our first-born's Baptism, an anniversary that (I am ashamed to admit!) would have come and gone without recognition had it not been for this boy's wonderful godparents, B-Mama and GG! Thanks for keeping us on our toes, friends, and for being such great godparents to our son! I love the idea of celebrating Baptismal "birthdays" with great fanfare. I think that it sets a great example for our children of having our priorities straight - after all, the … [Read more...]

A Mom In the Little Things

Being a mom to three (almost four) means giving up lofty goals and settling for smaller ones, ones that give care and bring small joys to my family. They might include picking up that dustball that has sat in the corner of the hallway all week. They might mean taking extra care when wiping the hands and face of my sweet toddler. It could even possibly mean investing the time and last ounce of energy into a game of football with our oldest.Small things that bring great joy.So today, here's my … [Read more...]

Burnout Fears

My husband and I met and married young and are open to life, therefore, we will most likely end up with a big family. This intimidates me. I did not come from a big family and really have had very little exposure to the inner workings of a family with any more than three children. Consequently, I am always in search of role models. Of course Maryalice is my number one (shout-out, hollar) - but we live several thousand miles apart.I have to search out local mothers of large families to see their … [Read more...]

For This Momentary Light Affliction…

“For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” 2 Corinthians 4: 17 Anyone who has been to our house over the past couple of months can attest to the fact that life is a little bit nutty around here right now J We love life with three kids at home, and the big kids have been very sweet with their new baby sister, but we are definitely still working out the logistical details of our days! Mealtimes, bedtimes, and out-the-door times seem … [Read more...]

Spoken like a True Sanguine

Any of you who share my fascination with the four temperaments will appreciate this.Me (hyperventilating at the sight of the pieces of five 60 piece jigsaw puzzles mixed up and strewn about the floor of our tiny living room): "I'm not interested in who did this, but I need everyone get to work cleaning it up immediately."Bella (age 5, whose blood runs sanguine): "OK Mom, of course, but I prefer when the room is messed exactly like this because all the colors on the floor make me cheerful."Lord … [Read more...]

Milk Allergy Update: It’s Yellow, Folks!

Ladies, I want to thank all of you for your words of advice regarding a possible milk allergy/sensitivity in my 3 month-old daughter, Caroline. After reading your experiences and doing some research of my own, I decided to go dairy-free about 10 days ago. I'm happy to report that Caroline's diapers have gone from being green poop at every changing, to now being mostly wet, and sometimes yellow poop - no more green diapers! It took about 5 days for this to happen, but to me it is incredible that … [Read more...]

Farewell to a Faithful Stroller

Well my friends, this is the first goodbye to a beloved stroller in the life of our young family. The narrow sidewalks and high curbs of France finally snapped the frame beyond repair. Goodbye, fair stroller. (With a grin and a double wink : ))ODE TO OUR STROLLER (sung to the tune of "Danny Boy")Peg Perego, your days with us were numbered. Four years you've been our car, our guard, our friend. The European cobblestone plus 75 pounds of children-- Your final triumph was your tragic … [Read more...]