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A Day with the Opportunity to Inspire

A Day with the Opportunity to Inspire

The girls wanted to know why they didn’t have school today, so I rattled off all the facts I could remember about MLK, then I found this: How MLK Made a Better World in Just 10 Years This was inspiring and created a whole new conversation. What will we be doing to make an impact today…this week…in 10 years?   ... Read More »

Back to the Ol’ Routine

Back to the Ol’ Routine

So the kids go back to school today. I have to say it was really nice to be able to sleep in a little and not rush to get the kids here, there and everywhere, and I don’t think we used the word “homework” once (although it was encouraged at the beginning of break). But there is a certain flow that ... Read More »

Do your New Year’s Resolutions Change After a Loved One has Died?

Do your New Year’s Resolutions Change After a Loved One has Died?

Last week my mother-in-law passed away, right before Christmas. She had severe arthritis for years and was battling COPD, but she was living independently at home and we had just talked to her the week before. So it was not expected, not that death ever is. But losing someone close is hard. I know that statement is not profound, but it ... Read More »

What Mom’s Do for Their Birthdays!

What Mom’s Do for Their Birthdays!

Big Birthday plans today, going out to lunch and off to a concert tonight! (Lunch will be with the girls at the fine dining establishment also known as the girls’ school, followed by a BRAVO music presentation in the 1st grade class, and tonight my husband is taking me out to the MME Band Concert-that’s our 7th grade son’s concert. ... Read More »

Faith-n-Family Fridays: Christmas Traditions

Faith-n-Family Fridays: Christmas Traditions

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Sometimes I forget to emphasize that with my kids, especially the youngest ones. This will be only their 7th Christmas, and those first few years I’m pretty sure they don’t remember. So I want to make sure I am intentional about what traditions we are doing. We have a nativity set (yes, ... Read More »

TBT Parenting

TBT Parenting

Throw Back Thursday Parenting Check out these Paretning Techniques: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195273333817998041/ Photo Credit: lolwall.com Read More »

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday?-Beaver Badminton

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday?-Beaver Badminton

Yesterday I searched for “Educational Websites” so that my kids can expand their horizons. They have been on the site “Cool Math Games” which sounds educational except for the part that “math” is rarely included in any of the games. They play this game creatively called Red Ball in which a red ball rolls around jumping through obstacles to get ... Read More »

Snowflakes-Take 5

Snowflakes-Take 5

Sometimes I forget that our youngest kids haven’t done all the same crafts/activities etc. that I did with the older kids. I would have been the Pinterest Queen 10 years ago when our oldest was five, but I’ve kind of moved on from some of that. However, the girls came home chatting about snowflakes so we made paper snowflakes this ... Read More »

Continue to Go About your Business of Doing Good

Continue to Go About your Business of Doing Good

While everything else is going on in the world, people like this are going about their business of doing good: Random Acts of Pasta Read more here: http://www.randomactsofpasta.com/     Text your teen at 10:00 today, just to show you care! Today’s Text: What is one charity you would want to help this Christmas season? Read More »

“Screens and Teens”

“Screens and Teens”

In the past we have limited “screen time” to around an hour a day. That means TV, XBox, computer whatever it is. But the other day it occured to me that our kids that have iPads at school have 7 hours of screen time PLUS what they do at home. I’m trying to get as much information I can before ... Read More »