Category Archives: Hand Raising Kids

When a 9-year-old teaches the 39-year-old…

“Hey mom! Check out this roly-poly!” the almost ten-year-old girl said with excitement. I glanced quickly down at her dirty little hands and saw the tiny grey bug cruising along her pink skin. She has been ever so busy the last few days with building a roly-poly habitat in a large bucket. She has all […]

We should always be on the mission field

No matter what stage of life season or predicament we are in, we should always see ourselves on a mission field. If you have ever raised kids, you might remember the long days of character building, forgiveness, and exhaustion from managing the immaturity of growing humans. You may have thought I was talking about just […]

Six Notes on Life as a Parent

Kids are a necessity to life and a gift from God, even if they do wear us down to a nubbins! A few things I am learning and have learned about parenting! 1. I must hide while on the phone for longer then 2min. What I have found, is that pointing to the phone and […]

Text Me

Texting people is a form of communication. It has somehow made its way into our lives as a BIG form of communication. Its quick and unfortunately for the sender its just like a conversation that once you hit send, there will be no retracting what you just said. Technology is cold,find a real hand to […]

Finding the Joy in front of my face

I am the type of girl who builds up events and days and weeks into some magnificent un-realistic idea. Then the event and day and week take their turn in my life and the idea is usually shattered by disappointment of un-met expectations. I would be categorized as a dreamer I think. I have been […]

Tales of Cars and Driving Them

I think between My husband and I, we have owned 30+ cars. This count is starting when he was 16. I currently drive a 25 year old land cruiser. I have about three things I want in a car. Working windows aren’t completely necessary, but enjoyable. Its going to be fun to get pulled over by a […]

Moving and Stuff…

My feet hurt, my back is stiff and its ten at night. Its been a long day as a single mom and working non stop to do all those things you keep meaning to get done. Husband is out of town. The ceiling fan is whirling above and I am grateful for the peaceful wind […]

Passing the Blame with a Dirty Dish Rag

Out of my mouth, many mistakes are produced. In fact I think our mouths are factories for making mistakes! I really do not like making mistakes. I don’t think any of us really do, but some of us, have a harder time with our mouths. I think I don’t like talking as much as some, […]

Tiny Tots, with their eyes all aglow…

  You know the tune well. Christmas. What would you say about this word if you had to sum it up in one sentence? To me, Christmas is about showing love and bringing Joy and hope to others. Its not about me. Its about decorating my house to be a little more magical for my […]

A Pet Friendly House

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” -Anatole France My family had pets growing up. I’m not so sure that mom could have done without them. She didn’t have too many animals growing up, I think they had a siamese cat once… She didn’t come from an animal family. […]

The Trouble With Prayer Vacations…

The peacefulness of a sleeping human is unlike anything else. You know they aren’t dead but they aren’t really in the realm of where we are standing either. Often times I like to double check everyone before turning my lights out at night. Kissing and asking God to protect them from scary dreams and lures […]

I missed you Grandma

Do you know what I learned from my grandmothers? Nothing. Not one single thing. Except for maybe the fact that they stayed with their husbands till death they parted, and I had a hand written note from one before my wedding. It was filled with marriage wisdom, and I know that the woman had so […]

The Basket Un-Emptied

I gave one of my sons a task of emptying out a small laundry basket of misc. things that came form upstairs. I don’t enjoy doing all these menial tasks myself and plus, they are training to work and they live here to. This particular boy has had a lot of problems in the past […]

His Art

Plants, rocks, and skin do not really mesh.. Or do they? I was just thinking about why I personally enjoy being in the outdoors and walking amongst the swaying trees of a forest thick with lush green ferns. Why is it that I feel a spot of joy when viewing flowers and intricate landscapes? And […]

Powerless

People can be divided into three groups: Those who make things happen Those who watch things happen Those who wonder what’s happening I think I consider myself to be #2 mostly on this list, and sometimes I am number 1 when I organize mockumentories about missing eggs with my entire family over Thanksgiving and we […]

Putting Kids thru the car wash

I am often listening to my kids chatter as we do errands and go places. I say I “often” listen because, I can’t “always” listen, I have to drive and pay attention to whats going on around us for safety reasons and such. But, I often find something really amusing when I do listen to […]

Little Book of Your Children’s Funniest Moments…

Chris and I were given a little book from an older lady years ago. She said that we were to write in it all the cute things our kids said and did, because, while we always say we will remember, we don’t. So we have been writing in what we call “the book”. Here are […]

Revisiting Teenager Territory

My oldest child is 12. Her name is Maggie. Maggie Elyse to be exact. Maggie was my nickname as a girl and I let my sister choose her middle name. (with my approval of course) She chose Elyse, which is the German form of Alice. Maggie fits her name. Maggie, is not like me in […]

The Day I Stopped Traffic

I was driving home just today alone. All my children allocated to various other trusted souls, and I was remembering a day I wish never happened. It was 15 minuets of fright and heartbeats beating at a high rate of speed. The month was September. The day was cloudy with high wind gusts. The year […]