Monday Motivation: Power Down and Don’t You Regret It!

It’s Monday morning, and if you are like me, this means you are catching up on tons of email, writing out your weekly plan, goals for the week, and trying to decide what to tackle first. This Monday is especially hectic because last week, I fell sick after taking care of two sick children. Although I am not 100 percent better, I feel well enough to get in a full day’s worth of work and then some. This morning, only for about half a second, I allowed myself to regret not powering up this weekend. ”If only I had written at least one post, I may be a little further along this morning.“ No. ...more
I have been doing this since December, and it has made a world of difference in my family life. ...more

Planting Seeds of Hope: in Hums and Laughter and Poetry

Another night. Another gift. Dinner was amazing - homemade hot-dog buns, homemade mayonnaise, homemade relish, homemade potato chips. Big, honkin' Hot-dogs. Delicious....more

Countdown to Christmas 9 Days and Counting

Countdown to Christmas 9 Days and Counting Family Game night this night is one of my kid’s favorite because we don’t usually have time to play games during our busy school year. ...more

15 Fun Family Activities for Black Friday

I have always been amazed at the way Americans clamber for a great deal the day after Thanksgiving. I mean, did we really just spent a holiday expressing gratitude for family, friends, health and all the other non-material blessings in our lives only to wake up 3am to score a cheap TV! That is just nuts....more
We don't usually go shopping on Black Friday. We had tons of fun making wacky videos, dancing ...more

In Which, I Refer to my Missionary/Pastor Father as the Dos Equis Man

A Happy, Jumbled Mess of Wordplay and Childhood Memories (original title)`Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves,And the mome raths outgrabe....more

Dancing Crazy Barefoot in the Kitchen

Yesterday while driving back from a meeting, I heard Phillip Phillip's song "Home" on the radio. I car-danced like crazy to that song at a stop light and couldn't wait to get home and share it with my kids. From the moment he first auditioned for American Idol last year, I was cheering for him. That boy has music flowing through every fiber of his being. He cannot help but move as he sings. And he moves everything, all at once, in not always aesthetically pleasing ways, but it is movement born within the very nature of music and it makes me smile to see him so overcome with joy and rhythm....more

This Better Be a Real Emergency, Or So Help Me!

We are in the middle of a very busy season of our lives. Yesterday morning, I was canning before work, making cucumber relish. (I'll share pictures at another time) We are canning or harvesting every weekend. We have animals, and we are preparing fencing and animal shelters to bring in more....more

Lucy takes over my mom's backyard

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This, That, And A Few More Things

It's okay to be ordinary!  In fact, ordinary is awesome!A bit more about me!...more