I grew up as most children in America do, celebrating Halloween. My mom would spend hours getting creative and making costumes. A lot could be done with an old white sheet. Though the most popular was probably a ghost with eye holes cut out, the best one she made was a tube of toothpaste for … Continue reading Do You “DO” Halloween? Fall Celebrations As Unique As You Are!
When you have been parenting for a long time, it’s easy to think, “I’ve got this down”. Then, God gives you a child or a circumstance that throws you for a loop. For us, it’s a little girl who keeps us on our toes. Though she is our fourth daughter (and 7th child in the … Continue reading Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.
You’re in the trenches and I’m in there too! Who else can spend the entire day walking from room to room picking up your family’s “stuff” and relocating it to the right place? I’m not talking actually cleaning the house... just moving the STUFF! You know, blankets, coats, cups, pencils, backpacks, shoes, toys, books, “projects”, … Continue reading The Chaos of Clutter: Preparing Children to be Adults
The girls who hang out at our house may have discovered the closed lid basket on the top of the toilet. Though it is unlabeled it has been left there with an unspoken invitation, ”If you need something, take it”. I remember being a teen. There were times at a friend’s house when “Auntie Flo” … Continue reading Honest Talk About Periods: Preparing Your Daughter For Her First Cycle
I’ve just gotten home from a second week of summer Bible clubs with my kids. There are so many verses that they learn during VBS and 5 Day Clubs during these events. I don’t want them to lose the progress they make in memorization and, as usual, I find myself needing a plan. The goal … Continue reading Memory Verses: Implement a Plan for Retention
Nine times we’ve done this potty training thing so to some, I would be considered a pro. Of course, I would have to say that all kids will eventually become potty trained so in reality, is accomplishing it really something all that unusual? Perhaps not unusual but as you start out it is the great … Continue reading Potty Training Uncovered: Tips from a mom of nine!
A friend recently asked me how I prepared myself for the time when my children started dating. She was not asking how I prepared THEM, but how I prepared myself. I guess I had never thought about it before but she is right, there is a difference. Well, kinda.... We knew that day would come, … Continue reading Dating on the horizon? Are YOU Ready for This Part of Parenting?
I was driving down the road and there was a guy wearing a T-shirt that said, “Livin’ the Dream”. It was apparent that his dream was different than mine. To start off, he was walking down the sidewalk with a bag of groceries and his pants were hanging down below his boxer line. His shirt … Continue reading Are you “Living the Dream”? Mom life can be tough!
The seasons of our life direct our activity choices. Some of our traditions are ones we can keep and some need a bit of tweaking to make them work in a particular time of life. When I was a little girl, we always spent the 4th of July at my gramma’s house. She had a … Continue reading Independence Day: Free to Celebrate!
As the weather warms up and the sunny days get longer, there is one question on my children’s minds.... “When is Boxcar Day?” My friends know all about this and are asking the same question as my kids! Then there are others that ask, “What is Boxcar Day?” Many years ago there was a tradition, … Continue reading Boxcar Days: Where a Kid can be a Kid!