A Middle Ground

One of our readers saw the article, "Strife over shots, should our kids play together?" on the front page of msnbc. This article follows another similar article, "Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry." According to the first piece, the vaccine issue is now causing such heated emotions and debates that some playgroups are asking unvaccinated children to leave the group. The second article provides a bit more background information and a nice overview of the debate.The vaccine topic … [Read more...]

An Invitation to Participate in the Divine

In survival courses for elite Army Special Forces, soldiers are subjected to a special type of mental torture. These soldiers are dropped off in the middle of the woods with little more than the clothes on their backs and a knife. Yet, such sparse conditions are not what cause soldiers to quit, but rather, the indefinite duration of the course. That's right, every course is a different length -- so soldiers have no idea when the torture will be over, when the proverbial light at the end of their … [Read more...]

What is Texas Mommy doing outside the Great State of Texas?

(1) Speaking at the “Montessori Home Education for your Infant” conference in Lancaster County, PA (2) Introducing newborn Baby J to a gathering of former Navy Seals in the Garden State—because there’s not quite enough testosterone in her home as it is(3) Enjoying a free fourth anniversary trip to New York City with her husband, courtesy of the Medela/La Leche League Credit Card rewards program(4) Interviewing for part-time policy jobs in the prospective Obama Administration in Washington, D.C.(5 … [Read more...]

In the news

U.S. News and World Report thinks so.But I reckon there are at least 7 Builders out there who would sorely disagree! :)How can they really rank colleges anyway?  I will question this as long as we're #2!  lol. … [Read more...]

Earning My Stripes

I have come to believe that a woman with children must undergo a certain number of incidents of public humiliation in order to truly earn the title of “mother”. I’m happy to report that we added one to our record this afternoon. I know you all can appreciate this:We enter the doorway of a new bank, not our usual friendly bank, but foreign territory. To make matters much worse, we arrive only about 15 minutes before the close of the business day.The double stroller containing Bella and Bean slams … [Read more...]

Where are all the builders?

Tending to newborn babies? or enjoying the last days of summer? We are doing the latter for soon it will be fall. … [Read more...]

Random Olympic Comment

I thought it best to pull this from the comments and share it with all our readers. JesusthroughMary, thank you for your very amusing thoughts:The tallest female Olympic gymnast, I believe, was Svetlana Khorkina (5' 5") of Mother Russia.Usain Bolt is actually the tallest "world's fastest man" ever, at 6' 5".Jamaica has 4 of the 6 medals in the 100 meter sprints, and none of the other 500+ medals that have been awarded so far.Deng Linlin would weigh a little more if she hadn't lost a tooth … [Read more...]

Random Olympic Thoughts

1. Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day. A single workout for Phelps burns around 4,000 calories. Phelps is amazing.2. Not to take anything away from Phelps, but there are WAY too many swimming events.3. All gymnasts are short. Just in case you were tempted to think that Nastia Luikin was tall--she isn't. Luikin is only 5'3'' but looks gigantic next to the likes of Shawn Johnson (4'9") and Chinese gymnasts Deng Linlin (4'5''). Another tidbit, Deng Linlin only weights 68 … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Lucy Rose

Dear Lucy ~I can't believe that it has already been two years since the day of your birth...On these anniversary days, I can remember everything as if it were just happening now. What a precious gift you were to us, sweet girl, and to so many others who prayed for you, held you, rejoiced in your birth and mourned your death with us. We are honored that God chose us to be your parents, Lucy, and we pray that some day we will be where you have already gone, into the arms of Jesus and surrounded by … [Read more...]

How do I clean a porcelain sink?

Ladies, I'm looking for a little help here...We are now the proud owners of a porcelain kitchen sink, and I'm wondering if any of you have some tips for me on how to clean it. I've heard that a product called "Barkeeper's Friend" works well - has anyone tried it? The main problem is that the sink gets easily scratched and stained...Please help :) … [Read more...]


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