Socks - Wadded Balls of Generational Discontent

Now that all three kids are back under our roof (welcome home, Libby!) I, guided by nothing but sheer instinct, started changing my household habits.  Subtle tweaks are being made to laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning routines to...more

I've Got My Own Life To Live!

 I am sitting here at the computer trying to find an art website I was sure I had put on favorites when I hear crying outside in my yard.  I keep telling myself I am not going to say anything else to the neighborhood kids, but before I can stop myself I am at the door yelling, "What are you kids doing?" Standing below my porch are my neighbor'...more

Graduation, a Freight Train, and the Explosion in my Chest

There is a party going on, an imbroglio in my chest cavity where competing emotions vie for dominance. My eldest daughter is graduating from high school in just under three weeks, and my chest has been aching, spasming even. I am not having a heart attack, nor am I undergoing a panic attack. Rather, my heart is being attacked by emotion, apparently ALL the emotions....more

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My rapture-filled weekend, and a sundog to boot

Every now and then we get a little glimpse at a simpler life. This weekend was entirely made up of moments like that. I was just about to pack up my bags on Friday at the office, jump on the bus and head home. But the phone rang and the BF said he had picked up the boys from my mom and would be out to get me shortly. Fantastic. He's picked me up alone before, and met me for dinner. He's even sat through the tedium of local council meetings with me, just because. But on Friday, he brought the boys....more

Soooo We Caught our 14 Year Old Son With Chew!

    Well who would have thought that we, parents of the year would make the unsettling discovery that our 14 year old son would be caught with chew? Considering our year of parenting teen firsts this somehow came as a great big surprise to my husband and I. As with all of the crazy stuff that our kids have done as of late, this was one of those things that you NEVER would have expected especially from Luke. He has always been the golden child, the one who could do no wrong, the light at the end of the tunnel of teenage darkness. Well guess what?...more

Simply Thick Causes Life-Threatening Necrotizing Enterocolitis In Premature Infants

 Very important if you have had a preemie or know someone who does, make sure they know this about Simply Thick.  We use it in our home as well and received an email from the manufacturer.  NEC is extremely dangerous.  ...more

What I learned from American Idol once I stopped pitching it....

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen...more

Family Support for our New Niece

As we celebrated our daughter's return home following surgery (she had skull surgery due to a condition called craniosyntosis), we looked forward to finding out whether we would be having a niece or nephew in September. My BIL and SIL would be finding out the gender of their baby and we were pumped. What came next was a shock to say the least....more
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Parents Are Just People and Sometimes Children Need to Struggle

I am almost an empty nester. I haven’t been able to put my thoughts into words until I saw that movie last night. My son graduated from college a week ago. His growth into adulthood has been painful for the entire family. He has struggled with every part of studying, taking tests, caring for himself, and social relationships. But he had grown in many aspects of his academia....more

A wise psychologist I work with is raising his two sons alone when his wife died 10 years ago. ...more


Dear readers, Are any of you still out there? Anyone still interested in this blog? Well, actually I know there are at least a couple. Thank you to those who let me know that you love this blog, even when I wasn't updating. I appreciate your love and support. ...more