Day 2; Burgers, Burritos and Beginnings

Ok, so we start. Read back a day if you want to know why i'm recounting the best meals i ever ate. Basically, I figure that reflecting on the divine dining experience will keep me from eating crap like, you know, cheeseburgers.So why am i starting my 'best meals ever' series with a cheeseburger? Stay with me.I have been a Route 66 nerd for however long...a long time. When i graduated from seminary my sweet (then new-ish) husband bought me a road trip guide and an old set of maps … [Read more...]

Why “Stay-Home-Dad” and “Mr Mom” are Not the Same Thing

Well. If I thought that telling people I was a minister could elicit a "does-not-compute" expression, imagine the gazes that accompany the latest addendum to the conversation:"...and what does your husband do?""well, he recently quit his job to stay home with the kids."buzzing, clicking, whirring noises. Still processing the chick-preacher component..."Oh, that's wonderful!"And you know, most people really, truly mean it. Once they get over the initial shock, that is. Most p … [Read more...]

Showing Up

I can think of many movies that i love, but my all-time favorite has to be Forrest Gump. Call me a conformist (because that's everybody's favorite movie) but really, what's not to love? A hero you can root for; a tragic heroine; the backdrop of Americana; an epic journey; a satisfying, full-circle kind of ending; and a fabulous soundtrack to accent the whole of it.One of my favorite parts of that movie is where Forrest and Leiutenant Dan are on the shrimping boat, and the nets are, shall we s … [Read more...]

Between Here and There

I'm not crazy, as it turns out. Well, i might be...but i was not crazy to take a 3-year-old on a 3-day road trip adventure by myself. She was so good. Unbelievably good. Practically shining her halo the whole dang time.Until the last hour and a half or so. Then it was meltdown city. And i was driving in the desert, in the dark, and couldn't do much about it.There might be something spiritual and beautiful about driving in the desert at night, but try telling that to a small child who is … [Read more...]

A Moving Violation

An organized household, office, car, and bank account seem unattainable for people like me. People who not only have children and a full-time job, but also find right-brained, type-A sorts of tasks tantamount to learning Chinese...meaning, it could be done, but life is too short.However, I have learned time and again that being unorganized has its price. Much as I hate chores, errands, paper work and basically being a grown-up, letting these things go will ultimately amount to even MORE ad … [Read more...]

Empty

Miserable 24-hour stomach flu shared at our house this week. Thanks kids. You are adorable, and the joy of our lives, but you are also grubby, germy petri dishes of bacteria. And it does not help that one of you is a compulsive thumb sucker. Most days i try not to think about all the nasty things they touch and ingest and/or carry into the house. But then some days, all that filth becomes the center of the universe.  It helps, i suppose, that we took turns. Harper first, then me, then the ba … [Read more...]

Tell Me Why…

"My tummy hurts." "Show me where. Point." "Right here!" "That's not your tummy, it's your chest." "Why?""Look how pretty the sky is! The sun's going down." "Why?"  "So it can be dark out for bedtime." "Why?""Can i have a juicebox?"  "No, you already had one."  "Why????""Um...why did you already have one? Or why can't you have another one?"*&$^#@&*#!!!! I always thought people were joking about the "why's," but we've got 'em at our house, BIG time. And i don't think an … [Read more...]

Curiosity Killed the Monkey (or not…)

"George was a monkey. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, but he had one fault. He was too curious."This is the opening scene of the original "Curious George" book, circa 1941. Here is how the more recent George stories begin: "George was a good little monkey, and always very curious."Whoa. See what just happened there? Big difference. Still a curious monkey, but it's a long way from but to and... BUT he was curious indicates that curiosity is a regrettable quality to be … [Read more...]

Soul Seasons

A pumpkin latte in my hand. From Not Starbuck's. A cool crisp 62 degrees out. I am on a porch swing with a background of lush foliage, bleeding slowly from green into reds and browns and yellows. I am wearing my favorite brown sweatshirt, and reading a really great library book. The day ahead is miraculously full of nothing but open time, save playing with my kids, and later having some friends over for dinner.OK, so almost none of those things is true. I do, in fact, have a pumpkin(ish) … [Read more...]