Friends, let me tell you about a little literary element called irony. According to Alanis Morsette, “It’s like RAAAEEAAAAAAINNN on ya wedding day….” According to me, it’s like trying to write a post on the dangers of...Read More
You guys. It is the last day of school. I don't even know what to do with all these crazy feels I'm having. The curly baby you see here just happily skipped all the way to her LAST day as a first grader. And here's what I wanted to tell her before she joyfully bounced into line with her other classmates...Read More
So, in the tradition of all good American educational institutions, Audrey's school sends home scholastic book orders about every 2 weeks. Ok, maybe it's not quite that often, but it sure feels like it. And in these book orders, they offer such literary treasures as...Read More
...it’s really really tempting to go ahead and state the obvious: it’s hot and we’re all sweating out our eyeballs. I showered with a congregation of cockroaches this morning. Everything smells terrible, including me!
But what purpose does that serve? It doesn’t change anything for those who were already thinking those things, and for those who were actually focused on the task at hand, now they’re distracted by these tiny "problems" instead.
Once I was on a team leading a youth camp in a small village between Moscow and St. Petersburg. We were in the middle of nowhere, on a lake, and...Read More
Well, folks. Let me give it to you straight. There are those Sunday mornings where the stars align, the “get-along” and “be happy & pleasant” fairies wave their magic wands over the children while they sleep, all goes according to plan, and everyone is dressed and cheerfully out the door on time for church. (Theoretically. I say that in faith that this occurs for someone, somewhere.)
And then there are those Sunday mornings when your kid drops their offering money down the toilet at the moment you need to leave. Mmmhmmm.Read More
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….”
I think Charles Dickens must’ve had small children when this famous line ceremoniously plopped itself into his genius mind.
Audrey is home sick, today, which is actually not part of the “worst of times” reference. I’m very sorry that she’s not feeling well, but I’m secretly (or not-so-secretly) happy to have a whole day with her at home. I miss my time with that kid.Read More
These, my friends, are REAL quotes, from REAL kids on the safety patrol at our neighborhood school. (The names have been changed to protect the VERY, OVERLY innocent.) Every day I chuckle on the walk home after all our interactions. They are just too stinkin' adorable...
"Katrina! Get back to your spot! You can't be on the grass! If you trip and fall you'll crack your head open on the street and then a car will run over you and you'll die! You wanna die?!"
“Nathaniel, pay attention! You've got people to cross! Hold out your hands!"
"Did you see that kindergartener in that car? He was WAY too short to be sitting in the front seat like that. He was TINY! That is NOT safe!!"Read More
All you parents out there, have you ever found yourself wondering why there is so much conflict in your house? Why no one seems to be listening to one another? Why there are bad attitudes flying constantly? …No? Ok, yeah. Me neither.
On a completely unrelated note, our kids are almost perfect, but we were just brainstorming about how we could encourage them to become even more, um, angelic, so we are trying a new behavior chart. Basically, the kids have clips, and they move up or down depending on the choices they make. When they move down, there are consequences, but if they keep their clip at the top, at the end of the day they can choose a small reward for tomorrow. The rewards are things like an extra book at bedtime, an extra show, one less Saturday chore, etc.Read More