Life and Such

I Don’t Believe in Sibling Rivalry

I Don’t Believe in Sibling Rivalry

Let me clarify. I believe it exists. And I believe in sibling squabbling. My kids squabble all the time. Sometimes they full-on bicker. And every now and then they actually fight. What I mean is, I don’t think Cain and Abel are the rule. I don’t think kids inherently dislike their siblings. I don’t think […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

We know that not all of our readers are in the USA, but all of our Featured Authors are, so we’re taking the day off. For your amusement, this infographic courtesy of Flag & Banner.

Toss Or Keep

Toss Or Keep

I’m in an organizing phase right now. I think it’s because I’m tired of the random piles of stuff…not necessarily everywhere, but in slightly-annoying places, like all over my office, or the empty corner of our bedroom, or the built-in bookshelf by the front door. So I started organizing. And in my organizing, I went […]

Coming Down

Coming Down

The downside of having an amazing weekend away from home, like I had this past weekend at Realm Makers, is that eventually you have to get back to normal. The high of connecting with other people of like interests and learning and growing and engaging in something you’re passionate about inevitably must give way to […]

A New Kind of Memorial Day

A New Kind of Memorial Day

This is the first year that I’m celebrating Memorial Day from the other side. In September 2013, I lost one of my childhood friends. Jon and I both grew up as military brats. Our parents were stationed in Germany when we met. He was one of my two best friends in Kindergarten. But as with […]

Pulling Teeth

Pulling Teeth

My eight-year-old has been ready for this school year to end since about September. He’s really smart and isn’t having trouble with the work, he just hates it. He hates sitting there all day, and he REALLY hates homework. Every day, homework is a battle. I’ve tried so many different things to try to motivate […]

A Time to Recommit

A Time to Recommit

My word for 2014 is INTENTIONAL. I have a confession to make. I haven’t been very intentional lately. I’ve watched my life and priorities crumble around me the last few weeks. I’m not quite sure where I lost focus. Possibly back in April when I got overwhelmed after being sick for a month. Possibly when […]

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

One of the most important thing I’ve learned about parenting is that you have to pick your battles. Because once you start one, you have to win it. As soon as a child starts winning a battle of the wills, he’ll never give up. You have to decide whether a given situation is worth fighting […]