Family is About Sharing

I have three younger siblings. Before our family split, that meant our parents got to put up with four sick kids at the same time whenever one of us brought something home with us. Naturally, that meant four miserable little voices, four cranky attitudes, and when chicken pox came around, four itchy sets of skin. I don't know how they did it, but we all managed to get through it. Now that I'm married, my husband and I share each other's germs, too, regardless of how careful we are. Hopefully, the cold he shared with me will pass quickly....more

Tripping on a Local Hidden Treasure - River Farm

We were out and about on our Frugal adventures and driving down the George Washington Parkway along the Potomac River.  We decided to take a little detour and check out the estates along the river and tripped on River Farm. ...more

Thoughtfulness Thursday: Father's Day

Thoughtfulness Thursday: Father’s DayI posted about Mother’s Day in the month of May, but I think it’s equally important to post about Father’s Day. While I have no idea what it feels like to be a father (like I know what it feels like to be a mother) I know that there is great importance with the role of a father....more

The beauty of the RSVP

My husband has a large extended family....more

Monday Memories

Monday Memories It's been a good week and less busy than the past few!...more

Barbie, My Daughter and Me

Each time I open one of my kid’s lunch bags, I feel like a TV executive looking over the latest Nielsen ratings. The goldfish are gone—yea, we have a hit. The popcorn looked like a sure-fire winner yet it was untouched. Pull it.I am ruthless. I can’t waste time and money on a snack that doesn’t score.As a mom, I have to make quick decisions every day. Many are no more important than what snack to buy at the market.Too often the stakes are higher. Some choices, whether they are made quickly or with much prayer and thought, have deeper consequences....more

My Kid Was Bitten by a Tick, Now What?!

My family spends a great deal of time outside. We run through the woods, we play in the gardens; we dig holes and look for worms. Not much has changed in the analog version of childhood fun since I was a kid. Except for ticks. ...more
There are so many cases here that many labs are back logged. It is easier to treat with meds and ...more

Good Adoption News!

This past weekend, I received word from E’s appeals attorney that her job was finished: bio dad’s appeal had been dismissed, which means E is now legally free for adoption! Words cannot express how excited we are. Of course, there is now tons of paperwork to go through, and a new homestudy to be done, but we are so close!...more

Looney-June: Surviving my Most Stressful Month of the Year

June is Crazy Time here in the land of the Hotel Bassemonte.  Sorry Baby Jesus, but the births of two of my daughters, my wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, and the End-of-the-School-Year-Palooza make December seem like a sleepwalk in the park. We cap off the month by flying across the country for an extended visit with family and friends.It’s just 30 days of parties, presents, and packing. Or 30 days of me trying desperately to hold onto my sanity....more

What We Could Learn From Our Kids

There has been one story recently that grabbed my attention. It affected me deeply. Something about it made me thinking why don’t we take our little kids seriously?Why do we tend to call their ideas and fantasies childish and never listen to them?...more