I. Can't.Write.

I haven't posted here since August 22nd. You'll have to do the math yourself, people. In that time I have gone from one desperate funk to another, fueled by coffee and tears and multiple batches of monster cookies. One funk was related to the college boy's return to dorm life,Oh, geez. Nobody (me included) wants to read my everlasting list of ongoing funks....more
Do you know that most days I have to force myself out of bed...I look to find reasons to want to ...more

Tender Mercy

My heart is heavy this week. Worry so easily becomes my occupation; a drudging job with long hours and lousy benefits. And yet I continue punching that clock, praying for others and asking God to lighten their loads, never pausing to let loose the burdens I have clutched tightly in my own weary grasp.Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)...more
Whenever I am feeling down, that song "You Are My Hiding Place" comes to rescue me. When I don't ...more

The Mourning In Between

My heart has been breaking slowly over the last year and a half. Sometimes I can buck up and carry on like a good little camper. Mostly, though, I'm sad. And cranky. Come to think of it, the cranky doesn't have anything to do with the breaking heart, but there it is....more
Hello Karen, it is very nice to meet you. I really felt your post today. It is how I have been ...more

Bahstun, Ducklings, And A Stranger Named Miguel

I think that I have discovered another sister on blogher. Great writing style; I felt like I was ...more

Photo Phriday: For The Love (Of Food)

Feeding my family well is a calling handed down to me from my mother, and while I will never, ever torture the boys with liver (gaag) or...wait for it...cow's tongue, we* have worked hard to train them to eat darn near everything.(I will now take a moment to brag, because I have earned it.)The boys will eat:...more

Making Memories

In Donald Miller's book,  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he talks about making memories. To be clear, the book is about writing your life story. It's pretty darn profound, all of it, but the memories part really stuck with me....more

How To: Make Breakfast On The 4th Of July

1. Sleep in.2. Drink coffee until you have the jitters and your blood sugar is tanking.3. Send the Wonder Hub to the grocery store.4. Dice bell peppers and onions, sauté in real butter.5. Have starving child grate cheese. Expect that he'll eat approximately half....more

Random Thursday: Communicating With Teens Edition

1. Communicating with teenagers is fun entertaining challenging. One must be technologically savvy and in the habit of deciphering poor penmanship, nonexistent grammar, and all manner of juvenile bafflement.2. Take this note, for example....more

To Colorado Springs With Love

It was a hot summer afternoon, not unlike today. The year was 2001. The skies were that impossible Colorado blue, and the sun was piercingly bright. I packed a picnic lunch for five and climbed into the passenger seat of a Jeep of the darkest green. It was topless (I was not), and we quickly shifted children so that each had a seat belt: eldest boy (age 7) proudly up front, me in the middle back and flanked by more happy boys (ages 5 and 3). My heart bounced and twirled and shimmied within me, as it always does at the promise of adventure.Little did it know....more

How a Cashier Tried to Undermine My Parenting & Ruin a Teaching Moment

So the Monkey and I were at the commissary the other day, picking up a few things to get us through the week. He did not want to be there. Duh. I did not want to be there. I promised we would hurry, and asked for his help. This is how he helped: He kung-fu'ed a watermelon... and split that sucker right open....more
@Karen Klasi @wdolderer They grow up to be the kind of awful, self-entitled people that waiters ...more