Archives for November 2010

If These Walls Could Talk
Faith, fear, and the truth that is setting me free.
Why Temper-Tantrum Parenting Might Just Help You Make the Rapture
Yes, being a flawed mom is OK
How the Gospel Is Wrecking My Life
Foster care, adoption, and the American Dream
The Little House That Could
How to thrive in family life

Once Upon A Time for Thanksgiving

Once upon a time, before I worked, I gardened and decorated seasonally. (Really, I did.  I have pictures below to prove it!) - It was my regular custom to festively decorate the interior and exterior of our Little House on the Freeway for occasions like Valentine’s Day, the arrival of spring and summer, Thanksgiving, and of course, ... [ Read More ]

Do I Live in the Hood?

Do I live in the “Hood?” I’m not sure.  And what exactly is the “Hood” anyway? For years I’ve been trying to answer this question, yet the answer has eluded me.  I need to know!  I have my suspicions, but I need facts; the cold, hard facts! Jonathan, my teen son, often comments that we live in the Hood.  Note: when Jonathan, our resident ... [ Read More ]

Proselytizing:The Ugly “P” Word

Recently, I visited one of my favorite blog sites. Okay, it’s my absolute FAVORITE BLOGSITE EVER!  Hands-down – it’s numeral uno!  This blogger makes me laugh and helps me enjoy life a little bit more through her blog posts.  Hr blog, turned empire, has not only hypnotized me, but apparently half of the country: Columbia Pictures recently purchased ... [ Read More ]

Ring Worm Girl?

About a week or so ago, in this post, I shared that Autumn Joy caught ringworm.  I was pretty okay with that since ringworm is easily contracted and easily treatable.  No stigma needs to be attached (yeah right) as many kids in school catch it. - One week after treating her ringworm with prescription strength ointment, I realized that it was not ... [ Read More ]

The Good, the Bad and the Best!

What are your parent-teacher conferences like? We recently endured experienced our first round for the school year.  Made me feel like I was in that classic country western: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I have four school aged kids: John, The Homeboy, who’s in the eleventh grade; Josiah, A.K.A. Smarty Pants, our tenth grader; Angel, Ms. ... [ Read More ]

Happy Birthday, Ash-Cat!

Today is my Ashley’s birthday. She is an amazing (where did the time go?) 23-years-old. - She’s known to some as Ash-Cat-Kitty-Kitty-Meow-Mix.  But she’s known to me as Jamie (No One Else calls her that – though I don’t mind if they do.  Her siblings hardly know it’s her name.  I guess it’s a momma thing.) - Ash is my girl, Yo! I can ... [ Read More ]

Little House Lessons: Appreciation

I have a love/hate relationship with my home. I love my little home. It’s so small that it reminds me of Laura’s Little House on the Prairie, or her Little House in the Big Woods (which is the first place that she actually lived). I can sit in my kitchen and look clear across my living room into my bedroom: the end of my home in that ... [ Read More ]

Kids Say the Darndest Things

We recently discovered that Autumn Joy had ringworm on her neck.  For those of you who have kids who go outside the home for school (non-homeschoolers), you know that kids catch this sort of thing as easily as they breathe air, especially since it is highly contagious.  Once it’s detected, you simply go to the doctor for a prescription to remedy ... [ Read More ]

Dad: My Hero!

Just how old is a gal before she no longer believes that her dad is Superman?    -   Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had the biggest, widest eyes for my dad.  I fondly remember sitting on the commode in my pajamas in the wee hours of the morning watching him shave, quietly watching him methodically stroke his razor over the shaving cream ... [ Read More ]

Run Baby, Run!

Today is my co-workers birthday.  Her name is Jenny.  - What up J-Lo?  J-High?!  I normally don’t give birthday shout-outs to co-workers on my blog, but with Jenny its different because she’s special.  Ooh-Ahh! No, she’s not my homey from around the way; we don’t eat lunch together at work or call each other during non-work hours, but she’s one ... [ Read More ]

She Calls Me “Sweet Pea”

This is me and my Mom... (Pardon the pemanent dust and stains and my crude Photo Shop attempt to add "coverage" to the top of my highschool graduation dress.  I wore this bad boy before I understood what modesty was.  This picture has lived on a shelf in my living room for the past seven years or so and it's been through the mill.) - I ... [ Read More ]