A piece of peace

As we got word this morning, it has been a day of questions and nerves.  However, not a day without the knowledge that Our Heavenly Father was already here....more

The Business of Childcare

Childcare providers are amazing. They spend their days doing what most parents could never handle. They manage up to a dozen children without the help of anyone else. They deal with tantrums, tired cranky crumb-snatchers and toddlers who bite. They clean up play-dough, paint and sand from the sand box. They fix meals and snacks all day long, including special diets for little ones with allergies and lactose intolerance....more
FourtyAcresChildcare Amen my sister. We are professionals, just like doctors and lawyers. It's ...more

5 Skills Every Great Nanny Actually Needs To Be A Rockstar

Working moms and dads know what a huge challenge finding quality childcare can present. Because each family's situation is unique, every option comes with its own set of pros and cons. Figuring out all the pieces of that puzzle takes into consideration both parents' schedules, desires and vision for what they seek in their child's caretaker. Add to that a mix several unique human personalities and is it any wonder it's so hard to find the right match?...more

Weekly Wisdom: The Drop Box

Last year, instead of giving up something for Lent, I decided to commit to doing the daily Lent devotionals offered by She Reads Truth and sharing what I had learned from them on the blog as a way to strengthen my walk with God as I explained here. I had every intention to do the same this year as I found it to be very rewarding. But I confess, the desire was there but the discipline was lacking. As Ash Wednesday rolled around, I found myself being distracted by the busyness of life and putting other things first before my time with God. It's one thing to simply meditate on the Word, and quite another to be able to articulate what I've learned in a coherent way on the blog. I have to admit that I felt uninspired and it was starting to feel like an obligation.I felt like I needed a push. I needed the Holy Spirit to move me or just give me a big kick in the butt really. And that kick came in the form of a movie called The Drop Box. ...more

For Bitsy

Earlier today I found out that my mother's wonderful cousin and friend for life, Bitsy, passed away....more
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Lessons from Miss Rumphius

In the 3rd grade, my beloved, very British school teacher (I can only assume the woman was British based on her perfect diction, her pronunciation of the the words “aluminum” and “advertisement” as well as her perfect posture, tendency to only wear long skirts and high heels, and her insistence that we state “May I please…” before leaving the room to do anything. I mean, come on… she just exuded British-ness.) introduced the class to the storybook, Miss Rumphius....more


Okay, so apparently, I was nominated for another award, which I am thrilled by. Seriously. Plus, I like passing the love onto other bloggers, so let’s do this....more

Another year of childcare, another truancy letter......

Sitting here this morning with my coffee, I was having a relatively good morning. The kids who were here already were playing happily, and the next ones weren’t due through the door for half an hour. As things always go however, the phone rang with a parent question.“Hey Terri, we’re going to be running a little late this morning. We’re on our way. Suzy is going to be there but Matthew won’t. He’s got a temp of 102* so I am going to keep him home.”...more
reillysmom16 Provider's Garden At his age he is old enough to practice proper handwashing and ...more