Where Does the Joy Go?

   It’s been a privilege and an inspiration to spend time with granddaughter  Amalía during her first ni...more

Tying Shoes a Parenting Failure!

Tying shoes! It was just one of my failures as parenting.  I wish I could say I taught my kids everything they know.  I wish I could say I always made the right decisions about everything.  I wish I could say I had perfect kids, you know,they had straight A’s and never caused me an ounce of trouble and ……Oh, tying shoes that is what I was telling you about. Listen, I sucked at that lesson in their life....more
I am so thankful for friends and relatives with special skills.  I can't picture myself being a ...more

Unwanted Excitement on Wedding Day

My daughter’s sister in law got married on Saturday, and I had promised that hubby and I would take care of the little ones so everyone could enjoy themselves at the wedding.  There were a few hours between the ceremony and the reception, so the plan was to either drive the babies around for an hour so they would nap in the car, or to take them home for naps in their beds. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef thanks so much :)more

Flight of Love

 Sometimes what I need is a good swift kick in my parenting behind; a new perspective.Today, I got one. ...more

To Blog or Not to Blog...

When I began my journey into this wonderful world we know as the blogosphere I knew there were going to be moments that were a blogging-MUST…my occasional off-color reference to kid-craziness, hubby antics, fun friend escapes, you know the bit…slice-o’-life.  I knew also that there would be those instances better left to a private venting moment (or hour) in my car or shower.   I made the decision to publicize my blog to those not only connected through my Facebook blog page but also through my own personal Facebook page.  Why?  Well, my friends know me…and if I can...more
 @Blissfully Discontented Love your positive attitude!more

We're Pregnant

Yes, you read that right we're pregnant...wait...I'm not...our oldest and her dreamy hubby, B and B2 are expecting by the end of September. We are going to be grandparents! So excited. We promised that we would not announce anything on the Internet until she was in her 2nd trimester and she has hit that mark (15 weeks), so we have been given the go ahead! I've got to dig out the baby blankets and start a bit of crocheting! I/we're so very excited! My baby's having a baby!...more
Congratulations!!!! You must be so excited!!more

The Clock

 Last fall, I went back to Wisconsin to visit family and I came home with a clock.  It’s a wooden clock that sat on top of my grandparents’ television set for as long as I could remember.  It’s the grandfather of the digital clocks we all know today.  The clock has a wooden body; so very late 1960s and early 1970s in decor.  The numbers “flip” when the minutes change. ...more


In England they call it being “broody,” the clock ticking feeling that the one thing in the world you want to hold is your own baby. It strikes women in their twenties and thirties and if not dealt with can bring on a sense of panic. But I am in my fifties, my children have left home and yet I have been having that familiar tug, that feeling like I want to pick up the babies of perfect strangers and have a little cuddle....more

Grandparents are for sleepovers, ice cream, and kisses.

Papi et Mamie au parc...more