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The Ruined Picture

The Ruined Picture

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” I heard my son cry from the kitchen. Oh no! What is he so upset about? I walked into the kitchen to see my son holding a drawing he had made. “It’s ruined. And he (insert brother’s name) threw it away. And now it’s ruined!” “Calm down...

Wait! I’m Still Preparing Lunch

Wait! I’m Still Preparing Lunch

I was making my kids peanut butter sandwiches while the girls played at the table on Friday. I was taking my time, since I knew the boys still needed to wrap up their schoolwork. I had six pieces of bread laid out with a peanut butter spread over them… and out of...

Pinocchio: Which Character Are You?

Pinocchio: Which Character Are You?

The next movie that was put on my heart for Christian Parallels in the movies is "Pinocchio."  Now let me start by saying, I had never seen this 1940s Disney classic until this movie was put on my heart. But as I watched it, I quickly saw why God directed me to this...

Just a Little…

Just a Little…

Last week my children and I were in a little fender bender. We were traveling on the interstate and switching highways during rush hour. While we were stopped on the exit ramp, a lady rear-ended us. As I sat in my van waiting on the police officers to show up, I was...

Dietary Restriction

Dietary Restriction

We recently learned that our daughter is lactose intolerant. Let me tell you, I had no idea how hard a dietary restriction was on a four-year-old. The first week, I felt like I had to make her “a special” meal for every meal... apparently I overuse dairy in my...

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

My family and I live near the airport in St. Louis. There are days I see countless airplanes flying overhead. They often resemble those toy airplanes. I can usually make out the color, airlines, and sometimes I can even see the windows.    However, there are...

Distracted From the Beauty

Distracted From the Beauty

My family and I recently went on a road trip for vacation. Our plans concerning vacation changed at least three times. So finally, my husband and I decided to just head to our “Bucket-list” spots. Near the top of that list was Niagara Falls. We started heading north...

New Dog-New Life

New Dog-New Life

Our family has recently added a new member. He has brown hair, four legs, and a tail. We call our new puppy Samson. Samson is a ten-month old American Bulldog (mix). He’s a good pup and learning our way of life rather quickly. But there are some things, you can tell,...

Fuel

Fuel

So, we have officially started trying to feed the baby solid foods. He’s not the best eater, but he’s only six months old. Generally, he eats the first couple of bites just fine. But then he’s a drooling mess and not much more is actually consumed. But he’s just...

Looking to Others

Looking to Others

One recent, beautiful spring day, my family and I went to the park by our house. We were blessed to have the park all to ourselves. My husband set his hobby on a picnic table near the playground, and I sat on the bench in the shade watching the kids play. They ran all...

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The Comparison Trap

The Comparison Trap

Last week I was able to take my kids on an outing that had a huge rock climbing wall! My oldest three happily stood in a long line to complete this task. As they reached the front of the line the workers helped each kid into a harness. Then they went onto the wall....

Check the Box

Check the Box

It’s time for Summer Reading Club at the library!!! YES!!! My kids love reading! As I have written before, it’s not unusual to find my children in their rooms reading books for fun. It’s like the favorite past-time around my house. If they’re not reading story books,...

Imitators

Imitators

  A few days ago, I apparently left my shoes out in the living room. My 3-year-old comes running to me to show that she was wearing my shoes. When my 4-year-old saw me smiling, she asked if she could wear my shoes too. I tossed her a pair of my shoes and sat back...

Frustrated

Frustrated

Not too long ago I took my kids to an art program at the library. Usually the projects are simple and allow for quite a bit of creativity. But not this time... It was more like- Here's the example. Now do it... My oldest struggled... his idea would not come out of his...

Lost

Lost

Have you ever been lost? I have. I am directionally challenged (to put it nicely). So, I know (a little too well) the frustration and insecurities that are included with being lost. I know the feelings of fear, confusion, anger, and helplessness of being lost. I also...

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