Recent Posts about Everyday Life

Grow Where You Are Planted

We have a tiny garden.  We live smack-dab in the middle of a medium-sized city, so we don’t have the room for a huge garden like I’d like. That’s probably a good thing, as I don’t know if I’d be able to keep up with much of a bigger garden than we have! Early this…

Geocaching: A Family Treasure Hunt

Geocaching:  Using multi-million dollar government satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.  You’ve probably heard of Geocaching, but what exactly is it? Bumper-sticker slogans aside, Geocaching is a fun and inexpensive way for both parents and kids alike to get out of the house and out into nature.  The official definition from the Geocaching website…

Fun in the Sun: Playing in the Dirt with your Kids

My kids are pretty picky eaters. They weren’t always that way though. There was a time when Ottergirl was a toddler, that she and Rocketboy would get into the garden and eat all my tomatoes before I could even harvest them. It’d become a backyard tradition for them: go out to play, snack on some fresh…

Be the Calm Mom: 5 Tips to Help De-stress

“Motherhood is not a hobby. It is a calling. It is not something we do if we can squeeze the time in. It is what God has given you time for.” -Neil Anderson Sometimes life for a can feel like a constant stream of requests and demands, non-stop mommy-taxi service, errands, “have-to-do’s” and appointments. It’s…

First Aid for Moms: Stop the Comparison Game

Some days make it harder to be a mom than others.  Yesterday, Memorial Day, was one of those days.  We were visiting my parents and my sweet little Fixergirl had an accident at the neighborhood pool and managed to bonk her chin on the side while jumping in, requiring her fourth set of stitches or…

A Mother’s Love

One week from tomorrow, I’ll have been a Mom for 13 years.  13 whole years.  My sweet little Rocketboy is now a huge kid taller than me, who wears size 14 shoes.  Sometimes it seems like I can still picture so clearly, the earnest little blonde toddler lining up his Hot Wheel cars in “parking…

Too Busy, Busy, Busy!!

This has been a week of nonstop places to go, people to see, activities and classes, projects and practices!  Soccer started this week, so now we’ve got that added to the calendar, along with our usual school day, weekly classes and extracurricular activities. We’ve made it through the typical “February Slump” of Homeschooling, the month that…

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Oh, my goodness, people!  Guess what?  Today I tried Walmart’s new grocery pickup service, and although they aren’t paying me to say this, I must say it was a really great experience! I recently noticed that one end of our local Walmart building had been painted bright orange, and (since I’m not much of an…