“A Chicken in Every Pot” and The Pill on every nightstand

During my last pregnancy, I qualified for excellent, free state medical insurance because of our lower income. My husband is in graduate school for a while. This insurance coverage is part of the state's healthy start program for pregnant women and young kids. I knew the deal was that I’d be dropped like a bad habit at exactly two months postpartum, so I enrolled in a different insurance program that would kick in around that time.As I settled into a happy relationship with my new insurer, I r … [Read more...]

Like Peter

Lately, things have been tough. You may have noted this from my posts, which have included the themes of marital strife and kids climbing out windows. I have been reading a lot, trying to get out of my funk. I have been reading about disciplining children, about organizing the home, and uplifting little statements for mothers. I have been reading homeschool blogs, planning my curriculum, reading about burn out. I have talked and talked about my issues until my husband and friends can't stand to … [Read more...]

Quiet Time

When people ask "how do you do it?" I often forget to tell them about the one sanity preserving secret that I have learned from other homeschooling moms of many. Let me tell you about the joy of quiet time. The idea is that your children do not ever stop observing the afternoon nap time, when they stop sleeping it switches over to time in bed alone. In our house, quiet time follows lunch (or sometimes an after lunch walk/bike ride), and lasts for an hour and a half.During quiet time, PT reads (I … [Read more...]

Monitoring the Situation

Moms, Dads ----- need consumer advice stat---We are an Army family. I am married to a junior officer and we live in government-assigned quarters. This means the homes are "intimate", so I have not needed a baby monitor in order to hear a waking napper. However, we will spend the next month at my folks' house staying in a back carriage house. Thus I need a baby monitor that works well. The range doesn't have to be amazing and I think I will even be ok with one that is plugged into the wall - just … [Read more...]

Who you callin’ stupid?

Charlie (2.5yrs)-- "Mean people are stupid!"Gianna (4 yrs) -- "Charlie, don't say stupid! That's mean!" … [Read more...]

Big for our britches?

The other day I was at a party, and the man standing behind me whispered something to his wife. "Just ask her!" his wife replied, and the man then asked me, "did you go to Princeton?" Yes, but as the party was in Princeton this was not such an unusual question. "Are you one of the Building Cathedrals writers?" Now, that was exciting. He recognized me (and my name) from my picture. Now, here I was standing with someone whom I had never met before talking about Building Cathedrals. It is amazing … [Read more...]

Why you should read the Omnivore’s Dilemma:

* I just finished, and I'd like to discuss with all our readers :-)* The book is very informative, but not clinical. It is engaging and written to the layperson.* You will increase your vocabulary by reading just one chapter. The author, Michael Pollan, is an amazing writer, and witty and funny. I have never laughed so hard at someone describing their experience eating a McDonald's meal.* Pollan gives you a very clear picture of where the food on your dinner table is coming from. He studies … [Read more...]

Ninja Warrior

I'm back! From vacation ;-(Isn't there always something a little depressing about returning from vacation?We went to the beach with my extended family and had a wonderful time. In the evenings, we were introduced to a pretty funny show, Ninja Warrior. Ninja Warrior is a Japanese show in which contestants try to complete a pretty ridiculous obstacle course. A very animated and funny Japanese announcer gives the play by play, and English subtitles appear to clue us in on all the ridiculous … [Read more...]

I miss my Magnificat

Today is the first of August, which means I just had to throw away my July edition of Magnificat, and I don't have one for August.. bummer. Why I love Magnificat: You are never ever behind! This little, unimposing daily Mass companion sits on my side table in our great room and just looks at me. It is not like other scary books that glare at me. Sometimes my Bible glares at me, or the novel I have been slugging through for weeks, or the laundry basket -- they glare at me. Magnificat, on the … [Read more...]

After the Honeymoon

As you all know, I had been having a wonderful time during my first few months of cloth diapering. Using Fuzzi Bunz and microfiber inserts, with a washing machine on the main floor of our home, we have been in what AWOL Mommy calls "cloth diaper bliss." All that changed about a week ago, the Lion must have been going through a growth spurt or something, but all of a sudden we were having leaks, soaked linens, soaked laps, cloth diapers were starting to look like a mistake.I did what I usually … [Read more...]