Does it get any better than this?

Tonight after dinner, I had a good natural consequences/learning moment with my 6 year old son, who came down from his shower and told me that he had made a poor choice, that he would eat his squash because he was sorry now that the he had watched the others eat cupcakes. He had tears in his eyes and I looked at him calmly and said, I know how hard this is. I have put your cupcake in the fridge, and you can try again with your vegetables tomorrow, but for tonight the kitchen is closed. Shall we … [Read more...]

Overheard

How can a sweet little boy like this be anyone's worst nightmare?Apparently, it's more common than I wish to believe. In taking Gianna to one of her activities today, I overheard two mothers say this:Mom #1 "My friend just found out she was pregnant. She has an 18 month old and a 4 year old and now this. It was a total accident. Isn't that awful!"Mom #2 "That is my worst nightmare!"Both moms look in my direction to include me in this conversation.My response: a deep sense of sadness, and … [Read more...]

Theology of the Body for Pre-Schoolers

Help! I have a 3.5 yr. old daughter asking me questions with which I am not equipped to deal.Basically it all centers around modesty, or her lack thereof. My struggle with raising my children is that I am trying to strike a balance between 1) teaching them to embrace the beauty and function of the human body as God designed it and 2) imbuing them with an understanding of the virtue of modesty. I started by teaching a two year old the anatomically correct nouns for the human genitalia. Now, I am … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day!

To all the dads, grandfathers, godfathers (etc.!) out there, Happy Father's Day!!And a warm welcome to Awol Mommy, our newest Builder!  She is a fellow Princeton alum, former Army Military Intelligence Officer, wonderfully supportive Army wife, and supermom to two cherubs, 3-years and 5-months!  We are thrilled to welcome her here at Building Cathedrals!   … [Read more...]

Bringing Up Boys

It has now been a few weeks since I finished Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson, but I must say, his words have surely resonated in my head a few times since then, compelling to me to mother my two beloved boys in a certain way.  It was a fantastic read and one I feel is worth digesting, especially for parents and grandparents of little boys!  Dobson lays out a clear, conservative message in his book.  Boys will be boys, and there aren't two ways about it!  His initial chapters outline the biol … [Read more...]

Getting My Ducks in a Row–Nesting and Stroller Advice

I am the type of person that is always "nesting" even without a baby getting ready to make his appearance. Baby on the horizon only increases this compulsion. We purchased another baby monitor, located the infant car seat and co-sleeper and I made my husband go through his clothes this weekend. If I'm not laying down on my left side, something is being organized.We finally completed our wills this week and had them notarized at Daddy's office (what is it about long office hallways that invite … [Read more...]

Soft (drink) addiction

I noticed my all-time favorite blogger Danielle Bean is giving up Diet Coke. My addiction is to Diet Dr. Pepper. I've tried in earnest several times. I always give it up during pregnancy, excepting the occasional happy indulgence. Unlike Danielle, when I have the first sip after pregnancy, it doesn't taste like a mouthful of chemicals... it tastes like a mouthful of bliss. It's the reward after a long nine months in the desert.I know all the arguments--it has no nutritional value, it's made 100% … [Read more...]

Hot Fun in the Summertime

We are having a heat wave here on the East Coast, and with poor sleep and dehydration, tempers are flaring at my house. This afternoon I seem to have hit on a solution as I suggested they squirt each other with the hose. It is wonderful and simple, just the sort of blessing that comes with not having too much. Later on in the day, we will treat ourselves to popsicles. The pictures above are from last summer when we escaped to the beach at Grandma's, Red's town pool and the sprinkler at the … [Read more...]

Popping Out of the Bubble

In response to B-Mama's last two posts, I also want to apologize for jumping down your throat, and I wanted to share that leaving the graduate school environment was a very difficult transition for me and for my family, and I am not sure we are even finished getting over it yet.My husband and I went straight from university life at Princeton to grad student housing at Uva, and I have to admit I just loved the dorm like environment. I lived with my parents until I was 18, then a University owned … [Read more...]

A Quick Follow-up

I want to follow-up my previous posting about strollers with a simple apology.  I used my irritation with a brand of strollers to pass judgment on people, particularly a community here about which I know very little!  We are adjusting and I am attempting to find my niche in an unfamiliar area, which has definitely put me on the defensive (as it has in the past on certain visits).  That said, I am sorry I used this blog to be a poor representative of Christ and His message of love and acceptance o … [Read more...]


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