6 Thoughts on Parenting Toddlers

Why do they turn into insufferable little goblins at 4:00pm every day? It's as if they've held a staff meeting and decided that strategically, that's the prime time to destroy everything productive I've done all day. "4:00pm, guys! She'll be starting dinner, so #2, you take off your pants and run around outside naked so … Continue reading 6 Thoughts on Parenting Toddlers

Advertisements

On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

Every mom has been there... If she says she hasn't, she's lying. I love my children. I'd take a bullet for them, no questions. But there are days when I really just don't like them. My oldest is 3. That should be enough said. Honestly, 3 has been worse than two by far. Terrible 2's? … Continue reading On Days When You Don’t Like Your Kids…

Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children

Parenting is always a little stressful. That just comes with the territory of being responsible for other tiny, virtually helpless humans. But there are certain circumstances that can make parenting particularly challenging. For my husband and I, that is being introverts with extroverted children. I am an introvert. I never knew that, because I've always … Continue reading Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

I finished up the tire section of the playground while the babies napped. Then we had a nice snack and watched Shawn the Sheep (I admit, I really love that show.) Then I got started on phase 2, which is the balance beam... Which is a fancy term for "2x4 and some cinder blocks" I … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So as compensation for helping me re-mulch the back porch and pathway, I started building the kids' playground area. Initially I had thought about putting it out front, but after thinking things through, I decided building over where our water line comes into the house … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

Unapologetically Mom.

I'm so blissed out right now. Thank the Lord, postpartum weepies haven't hit (yet?) so I'm still Mary, treasuring these things in my heart, with just a tiny bit of brain fog and emotionally raw word vomit. I keep thinking about when my children first came to visit their brother in the hospital. It was … Continue reading Unapologetically Mom.

To My Children

I'm writing this in anticipation of the birth of my third child, a son. I have so many thoughts and feelings encircling my mind I was finding it truly difficult to sit and read my Bible this evening, so I decided to get them out. Most of my thoughts are centered on time. There is … Continue reading To My Children

More Fall Preparation

My son and I have been working to establish the Back to Eden beds along the back of the house and prepare them for spring herb planting. We finally figured out that a greater number of spadefulls of mulch goes faster than trying to rake mulch loose and shovel fewer larger loads with a snow … Continue reading More Fall Preparation

Budgets, Babies, and Back seats

I hate budgeting. I'm good at formulating budgets. I'm even diligent in saving and tithing each month. But I'm not good at change, unexpected expenses, or STAYING WITHIN my budget. Now, that said, I've taken Dave Ramsey's financial Peace class and I've tried the cash  envelope method. All that does to me is say, "oh, … Continue reading Budgets, Babies, and Back seats