You Can Be Anything You Want -- Except a Homemaker

Have you ever watched the show Wife Swap?The premise of the show is that two families switch wives for a week or two in order to see how the other family runs their household. The people that run the show obviously try to match up families that are polar opposites of each other, all in the interest of ratings and explosive confrontations. The country wife goes to the city and vice versa; the rich wife goes to the family who isn't making ends meet, atheist wife to Christian family, etc....more
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

My Tiny Human is entering the phase in her life when people are asking her what she wants to be when she grows up.Proudly displayed in her Pre-K classroom is her answer: A Big Girl.I mean, it’s a safe guarantee.I remember when I was younger I wanted to be a zoologist; an animator; a trainer at Sea World.Later, when the answer was heavier and mattered I said I wanted to be a high school English teacher. I even went to college for it. I was dedicated....more

Signs of Growing Up

Signs of Growing UpOne day at a time—this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. ~ Ida Scott Taylor...more

Goodbye Paci

It seems as if another step of Jack growing up has sneaked up on me.When Jack was born early, he immediately showed a preference to a specific kind of pacifier – the soothie that was given to him in the NICU.As all smart parents do, I immediately ran out and bought a half-dozen of them to have handy around the house. As ALL infants seem to do, he would spit it out only to flail around with his little hands unable to put it back in again....more

The Cat Has Left the Cradle

As my parents were driving me to college so many years ago, my mom said to me "It's not fair that just as children really get interesting, they leave."My mom is not a kid person....more

Are we adults yet?

Me and Liz, being grown ups ...more

How College Made Me a Better Person

We've all heard before that college is a time of growth for most people.  It's the first time in our lives when we're on our own and surrounded by so many people who are completely different from the people we've grown up around.  Each day, we're faced with a hundred decisions we'd never even considered before....more

Looking Back from a Milestone

My son finished elementary school last month, and while he seems to be approaching the idea of middle school with aplomb (or at least with an 11-year-old's casual coolness), I’m having a bad case of nostalgia right now. We’re at a family milestone, but I remind myself that such milestones are only the most prominent markers along a path full of signs and wonders....more

Cutting the cord - one snip at a time

I'm watching the back of my son as he rides away from me. I can see him wobble a little on his bike, but the training wheels take up the slack. He starts to turn the corner and he suddenly looks very little to me. He picks up speed, as he heads down the block. He races by the fence, and is now out of my eyesight....more

Rest in Peace, Conner Carpool

Chuck has always enjoyed taking the kids to school in the mornings, so you and I bonded every afternoon for 15 years. In the beginning, you shepherded the girls at Girard Elementary, while the little brother typically napped in his car seat. Then, the school zones changed, and I visited with you at Landmark Elementary and later at Montana Street, in the line that made the entire square around the block. I would work on my weekly Bible study lessons while waiting with you....more