Birthday season: last but not least

The weather where I live is changing into our fall season, with a burst of vibrant colors decorating the trees before we head into seemingly endless winter. October marks the last of the birthdays in our household until February, where I would love to assume that four months of rest and prep time will yield... Continue Reading →

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Shared life, happy life

When I said we had a streak of birthdays from July through October, I wasn't exaggerating. You can't shake a calendar around this place without a birthday falling out. And this month, just a few days ago, my hubby celebrated a milestone birthday . . . which, for some reason, my autocorrect changed to "millstone"... Continue Reading →

#WATWB: When community is family

This is my first official post for the We Are the World Blogfest, and I thought I'd start it out right in my own backyard. Sometimes I forget that there are good things happening nearby. We don't always have to look at some far-off country, or even the opposite end of our own country, to... Continue Reading →

We Are the World Blogfest

Hey, everyone, I thought I'd give a quick heads-up today so you all might pop on by next Friday, August 25, to my blog. I'm participating in a blog hop called "We Are The World Blogfest" (tagged on social media as #WATWB). The idea of this blogfest is just as the picture above states: in... Continue Reading →

It’s birthday season

In our household, July kicks off four months of birthdays. Our youngest was born in July, our oldest in August, my husband in September, and our middle son in October. They all get to rest up through the winter so they can prepare themselves for my birthday in February, but that's for another post. Today... Continue Reading →

You plant corn, you get corn

Over the last couple weeks, I've gotten to enjoy some much-needed down time with my family. My husband found himself with two weeks' layoff and I made up my mind to try to enjoy as much of it with him as possible. Because our work schedules are in opposition to each other, our time together... Continue Reading →

Am I a homeschool burnout?

Now that we've officially wrapped up this year's schooling, complete with evaluation, portfolio, and the turning in of paperwork, I can admit something as I look toward our final year of homeschooling: I'm more than done. Am I tired of homeschooling? Maybe. This year has been one of the "struggle" years, as we dealt with... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Day reflections

Once again, Mother's Day has rolled around as it has every year, and once again I find myself mentally reviewing parenthood in general. Anyone who is a parent knows there are times—sometimes more often than not—when parenting seems like a losing battle. Nobody really prepares you for what parenting does to you, whether mentally, physically,... Continue Reading →

That holiday feeling

We've got that holiday feeling That happy holiday feeling Our favorite holiday of the year When I was a kid, I used to love listening to my parents' Christmas albums. My dad loved Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and to this day, I still think Herb's "Christmas Album" is one of the best ever.... Continue Reading →

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