Wiring The Technology Generation Gap

Technology isn’t easy. We all know that. But technology is extra difficult for those who didn’t grow up with it. My parents are no different than anyone else in their age group. They don’t like change, and technological change is an even harder pill to swallow. Grandma and her iPad by Iain Farrell via FlickrMy parents have never had a passion for technology....more
@Darcie My husband writes software but everyone in my family thinks that means that he can help ...more

Grandparent Boundaries: Where to Draw the Line

What would you do if your mother gave your child pain medicine without your permission?This happened to me the other day, and I am still in shock.My daughter had gotten her braces tightened, so her teeth were a bit sore. I usually give her a dose of Children's Adviland she's fine, but I didn't have a chance to give it to her before she left for school in the morning....more

Overbearing Mother In Law!!!

It sounds like you have are having a very tough time setting boundaries. Perhaps, the best thing ...more

November means Carrie Jane Kelley Phillips

I am one of four girls. My father is the oldest of 8. In my life he had only 5 surviving siblings. Three brothers and two sisters. His family lived in a small southern Ohio town, Wellston. My grandfather, his father, died when I was maybe 4. I remember him as this big, burly man who would squeeze us with "bear hugs" when we visited and throw my sister, Syd, way up in the air and catch her. He never did that to me because I was afraid....more
Such a sweet tribute. She loved all you girls so much, and tried as much as she could to be a ...more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
Thank you for sharing this!  I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before.  It's a great idea. ...more

What Makes You Happy?

Can you name seven things that make you happy? I took the challenge…here are mine. I would love to see yours. (1). I lost a pan lid. I don’t know how one loses a quart-sized sauce pan lid, but I did. Little Boy Darling said worms carried it away. Congers up a fascinating image doesn’t it? Happiness entry number one--Living with a 3 year old. What a kick....more

A True Story of Life and Death

During my last month of pregnancy, December 4 to be exact, my mother was hospitalized for what would be the final month of her life. We had been battling her cancer for a year and three months and were in it together, at every turn. From our weekly chemo appointments together, to our hobby of managing and sorting her myriad of drugs, to planning menus and meals that would make her happy and comfortable and bring her miraculous health. We were in it together. It was OUR cancer. Just as it was OUR pregnancy....more

♪♪A-Pumpkin A-Hunting We Will Go...♪♪

Brrr! October; the days are certainly cold, because our heater has been running daily to keep us warm. Plus we’ve already seen some falling rain; this definitely helps to set the mood. And in many parts of the country, already leaves have begun to drop and change colors, from varying shades of green to an assortment of orange-gold to amber-rust. Yes, most assuredly, this is fall. And it is, without-a-doubt, one of my favorite times of the year. It is pumpkin picking season!...more
@ropcorn Your visits always manage to put a smile on my face, young lady. Thank you! And here's ...more

Are You A Baby Book Slacker?

How many times has your child done or said something funny and you think, “I’ll always remember when he did that”? And then the following month you are wracking your brain trying to remember what exactly it was? My son is now 18-years-old and I still think of funny events but can’t remember all of the details....more
Isn't that what a blog is for? :)more

Making My Own Schedule to be a Grandmother!

Finally! I've been trying to blog for 4 months now. And I put my foot down( in my head) last night and told myself monday it's going to happen. Well I'm glad I didn't lie again. My new years resolution was to make time for me and to stop being on call for my kids and grandkids. Don't get me wrong I have a 3 year old grand son and 2 1/2 year old granddaughter that I just love spending time with. I've cancelled my plans to babysit for them since they've been born....more