Five Favorites


Join Hallie for more of this week's:1.I noticed Hallie's posting on essential oils. A friend of mine sells doTERRA essential oils, and this "InTune" blend is supposed to help improve focus. Because one of my kids has received an ADD diagnosis, I thought I would see if this did anything for him.It didn't. And his classmates said it made him smell funny.Not surprising. It contains Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, etc. Lots of pretty smells that a scho … [Read more...]

The Soul of Good Manners

At times, it feels like it's the only conversation the world wants to have with a mother: You have how many children? And are you done? It's what your doctor wants to know, and your dental hygienist, and your hairdresser, and your check-out person.On my post from last week titled The Repulsive Truth, Maureen commented: "I’ve also been blessed with four and have responded with a bland, “You never know,” when asked the dreaded question by a stranger or acquaintance. I’d really love it if w … [Read more...]

Writing Lessons with Tolstoy


Lucky for me, I never finished reading War and Peace when I was in high school, which means, I have something good to read now. I've been searching for months for a decent book, and it never once occurred to me to pick up War and Peace because I remember some very pleasant drawing room scenes that abruptly cut off to very boring battlefield scenes that I would put down and never pick up again.My husband downloaded the book on Audible to listen to when he's driving, and at night sometimes … [Read more...]

Theme Thursday: Boys


This is what the boys do at our house. They fly (with the assistance of a trampoline). Visit Clan Donaldson for more Theme Thursday Boys in Action. … [Read more...]

Prayers for Boston

It always seems ridiculous to blog when something horrible happens. I'd been meaning for a couple weeks to write about how proud I am that my sister recently qualified to run the Boston Marathon. It had seemed like that might be a nice distraction from the heightened security concerns in and around Guam where she lives.I feel so sorry for those aspirants and participants whose hopes of running Boston have been tarnished by this event. And most especially, I'm praying for those injured and … [Read more...]

The Repulsive Truth

My daughter and I were on our way to the store when she said something like, "When I grow up, I'm only going to have one child.""Why only one?" I asked."I just think it would be easier."I have to admit that at first pass, I was a tiny bit worried about my daughter's life plan, not the number of kids, but the "easier" part. I feared she was developing the dreaded "contraceptive mentality" that fears hardship of any kind but especially that which comes in the shape of children. I … [Read more...]

Strength for loving

Beside me this morning is a child at the breakfast table vigorously chewing a Fuji apple and explaining to me the mutative abilities of a small vehicle based on the particular placement of a certain lego brick. Sometimes the vehicle is a plow, sometimes a combine, depending on whether that brick is before it, behind it, or occasionally, totally removed. He is absolutely enthralled by the powers of his own creation, as he sends the vehicle making tracks through a mungy brown field of mixed up … [Read more...]