It's Just A Table... Or Is It?

Something happened last week that made me realize that I've spent a whole lot of time reflecting on the changes Jim and I (and this house) have gone through since J left for college (when we officially became empty nesters), but next to no time (okay, no time at all) reflecting on any changes the boys have gone through in regards to the two of us and this house. Let me try and make some sense. ...more
alexandraRS A gift wrapping station! Funny you mention that...I normally use THIS TABLE for gift ...more

How Not to Be That Mom on College Move In Day

The college experience is a big deal for everyone in the family, it evokes change on every member of a household. The younger sibling who no longer shares the bathroom or has the comfort of knowing her sister is just in the next room at night. he dad who is used to catching the football games with his son. The mom who has devoted every ounce of her being to raising her child and micro-managing outfits, tasks, and chores. But the overall college experience belongs to the student. College Move-in day (and college in general) is not about you! ...more
I dropped off my son a little over a week ago and I was only THAT mom when no one was in the ...more

They're Baaaack! 6 Tips to Help You Survive Summer with Your College Student

Over the next month or so, college students will be returning home to spend the summer with you. Within a few days, several of your conversations will begin with any or all of the following questions: Where have you been? It's 2:00am.When did I say you didn't have to call?Why would you take the car without asking?What do you mean you don't have a job?Who said I'd do your laundry?Who is that sleeping on my couch?Why are there empty beer bottles in the back of the garage?It's 2:00 pm, are you ever going to get out of bed? ...more
I love #6 and especially love this part: "I can't get those days back, but I can relish the new ...more

Where's the Beef?

If you've logged in to the farm Facebook page or followed us on Twitter or Instagram, then you may be wondering where the cow came from.  I'm going to take a few minutes to give you the low-down....more
You probably know these since you've been following a Paleo diet for some time, but just in ...more

Life is Crazy!

http://crossroadfarm.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-have-missed-you.html...more

The Whole Truth: A Mom's Letter to her Grown Sons

I'm the mom of two boys. My older son is a sophomore at our state university. My youngest just flew out to finish his first year of college 700 miles away. It's a bittersweet time. It's also a time for the whole truth.My darling boys:I blinked. I must have, that’s the only explanation. I had these beautiful little baby boys. A year apart. So sweet, the loves of my life (ummm, don’t tell your dad that part). Even when you went through the terrible twos and then the worse threes, I loved you every minute. And then I blinked....more

Motherhood is for Chickens

Motherhood.  Thoughts of children with runny noses and schoolbuses come to mind.  Endless laundry, storytime and playdates and it leads to rebellion and boyfriends, doesn't it?  We, and I say we because I did not do this alone, were lucky, very lucky.  Our version of raising two girls did not follow the script of a Lifetime movie.  There were no catastrophic events and no regrets; just two young women, now out on their own, that we are so proud to call our daughters. ...more

The Upside to Our Downsize

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Auld Lang Syne to The Rocking Chair

 One of my earliest memories, I couldn’t have been a year old, is of my father and a rocking chair. I remember staring up at his face in the dark of my nursery, the room with the circus animal border. I can almost feel the rhythmic creaking of the wicker beneath our weight; the steady pitch and sway.Rock, rock, rock.And if I really focus, in the rafters of my memory, I can hear his hushed lullaby.“Swing low, sweet chariot..”...more

It's Just A Table... Or Is It?

Something happened last week that made me realize that I've spent a whole lot of time reflecting on the changes Jim and I (and this house) have gone through since J left for college (when we officially became empty nesters), but next to no time (okay, no time at all) reflecting on any changes the boys have gone through in regards to the two of us and this house. Let me try and make some sense. ...more
alexandraRS A gift wrapping station! Funny you mention that...I normally use THIS TABLE for gift ...more

Empty Nest Holidays: When it's just the two of you again.

Adjusting to your empty nest can be an emotional roller coaster, especially during the holidays when adult children will not be making an appearance - whether by circumstance or choice. There will be heartache, no matter how brave a front you try to maintain. If the prospect of home alone for the holidays is getting you down, update your attitude and make it all about you this year.Read full article here...more

That little Christmas number

As it was my daughter's birthday last week, I bought her a polar bear Christmas jumper, amongst other things. Ordinarily, I can't buy clothes fro her. She is very stylish and has definite ideas on what is acceptable and not. Any attempts made to buy clothes for her since she was about six have been met with a kindly, yet firm rejection that is clearly meant not to hurt my feelings, but give the message that I shouldn't bother in future....more

Reaching Beyond Your Limits - The 5th Practice of Mid-Life Revivification

 “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~e.e. cummings Jeez, you ask…how much more can I do?...more
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