About 2 years ago during a cold, February month, we brought home our first batch of baby Rhode Island Red chicks!
They were so unbelievably adorable, it was heart-wrenching. They were so small, and so soft, and so sweet with little "peeps." For ...more
Funny thing about being a mom: Some of it's not that funny.
Don't get me wrong: A lot of it is joyous, glorious, fulfilling.
Even when you're sleep deprived, at the fraying end of your rope, wishing you'd had your tubes tied when you were ...more
When I was a teenager, I babysat for a family who lost their youngest child to SIDS. I didn't know anything about SIDS, but knew that this family had put their healthy infant son to bed one night and he never woke up. It was terribly hard on the ...more
My daughter is sitting in the corner of the living room, pulling gruesome and bizarre faces into her iPad for selfies which she sends to her friends. (This is apparently called Snapchat.) I am being treated to this spectacle because I have protested ...more
Last year, I let this day slip by. I'd written about it the three previous years. I spend a lot of my time trying to create empathy for people (all people), and this -- the casual disregard for people with intellectual disabilities, the widespread ...more
I have been working part-time for the past five years. Why? Since my kids were born, I haven’t been able to commit 100% to the world of the "Working Women." I’m now part of the “Mommy World,” which means very long hours, no pay, lots of sacrifice, and the ultimate reward of pure love. It also means wearing comfortable fleece or yoga clothes, "natural" hair in a ponytail, and un-sexy flat shoes (aka flip flops and UGGs).
This word strikes fear in the heart of most parents. It’s the Kryptonite of the parenting fraternity. When most parents look at their children, the last thing they want to think about is that they -- gulp -- masturbate. Because there seems to be such taboos connected with this topic, many parents are unaware that it is, in fact, totally normal for children to be touching themselves regularly at the age of three and then again, from twelve well into adulthood.
Despite the extreme dry weather that this part of the world is experiencing at the moment – with our shire now part of the 80% of Queensland that is officially drought declared – one of our teeny local towns managed to host a campdraft this weekend. What an amazing effort – rewarded by a veritible stampede of campdrafters from all over descending on the sportsground for two days. There...more
:: Happy 6th Birthday, Sophia Blue :: My sweet, sweet girl… didn’t I just write about you turning 5? The year has quickly sped by…. leaving me wanting to turn back the clock, and experience the last year with you all over again ....more