• Informative

    Hard Moments

    Recently Mister and I were asked to share part of our story for a video compilation at church. After we were interviewed they asked if we could also send in some photos to accompany our video segment. Thankfully Google Photos has most of our photo memories so we dived into all that we have saved there. Oh boy there were lots to go through. Here are some recent ones compiled for Munchkins first grade teacher to get to know him a bit better. To get a wide range of times and events we looked back to when we were packing up our house in Ohio (or rather, watching the movers…

  • Musings

    It’s Just a Phase

    How many times have you heard the phrase “it’s just a phase” or even said it yourself when dealing with a fussy baby or a toddler acting like a teenager? (threenagers are real and among us) Often we mutter it to ourselves or others when they’re going through a rough patch with the child, or children as a way to acknowledge their tough spot or more-often than not, as a way to minimize their struggle. I want to challenge you to consider that often quoted phrase as an encouragement to sink into your current phase and find the good in it. It may not be easy, in fact you may…

  • Informative

    Turkey, stuffing and pie! Oh my!

    My first inclination was to add a delightful GIF of George Takei saying the phrase ‘oh my!’, but I’ll wait until the feeling passes.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner people. So if you’re one who’s been tasked or volunteered to handle the turkey cooking this year, and if you haven’t already, you should probably take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge. Rarely does frozen turkey turn out yummy, just saying. Plus no one wants to deal with food poisoning at any time.   Time passed, still want to share it. https://goo.gl/images/XKX4Hm This has been an interesting month for me. My son is in kinder this…

  • Informative

    History and Legacy

    History has always held a high level of fascination for me, from the kings and queens of old to the events of September 11th, 2001, though to be honest, I am still a bit mind-boggled that I lived through something that is now being taught in schools in history classes. I never was one for long-essay questions on any history test in school, but looking back now on certain people with more context than just why they were important to the American Industrial Revolution, I can enjoy learning more about them. Andrew Carnegie is one of those people. He was a self-made millionaire and depending on who you ask, he…

  • Informative

    God & Games

    Being married to a tech savvy geek has lots of perks. Lately we’ve been enjoying one of those perks by playing a variety of video games on a new gaming system. It’s been fun to see Munchkin trying to play some of the games and interacting with him on a different level than before. We’ve had to remind him that the game is just that and starting over isn’t the end. In fact sometimes the restart can help because you’re aware of the difficulties in the levels and can plan accordingly. In recent news a story came up that got me thinking about how often, in the midst of struggles,…

  • Musings

    Progress can be slow

    I’m not sure about where you are, but in south Texas March came in like a lion. Colder, way colder than typical temps and just generally very overcast days. I am thankful that no snow fell around us, but I know of friends who are still shoveling themselves out of that white stuff. Y’all can have that, I’ll be enjoying the temps being in the 60’s-70’s for the time being. The downside of all that cold and dreariness is that the sniffles and crud seems to cycle between myself and the kiddos, the Mister even got a touch of it briefly. (oh for a non-compromised immune system) The pediatric office…

  • Musings

    New Year, New You?

    I hope everyone had a good holiday season and it was merry and bright for them. I know I did. Family, Christmas movies and lots of yummy food were the main elements for us. Being in south Texas, there was no white Christmas, but there was a snow slide brought in by the church for the kiddos to ride after Christmas Eve services. They loved it and didn’t want to leave. Once the wrapping paper and stress-free packagings were dealt with, a sort of calm came over our house. I’m not sure if it was due to the new toys, having Oma & Pa visiting, or just one of those…

  • Musings

    Side Roads and Traffic Jams

    One of the many reasons I love my adopted state of Texas, is for their use of frontage roads along many of the main highways that surround where I live. Growing up in Ohio if I was headed almost anywhere that took the highway and there was an accident further on down the stretch, unless it was minor, you could be stuck where you are and be crawling along like a snail with the rest of the traffic until either the accident cleared or a detour was created. Rubbernecking was a finely tuned aspect of driving in Ohio.  So when my newly licensed self started driving solo, I started finding…

  • Informative

    Bags, Baggage and Guilt

    When you fly are you the totally organized passenger who’s got a place for everything and everything in its place? Or are you the last minute packer who is frantically trying to make sure the basics are there crammed in every which way as you make a mad dash to the airport hoping and praying that your flight hasn’t started boarding yet? I tend to be a bit of an over-packer who might be ready for the zombie apocalypse at the drop of a hat, but needing to have supplies to replace anything in my diabetic arsenal takes up a lot of space, and money (but that’s another story) Recent…

  • Life story,  Musings

    A Birthday and a Hope

    Tomorrow we celebrate our Little Miss turning 3. Not only do I feel old realizing this, but I’ve also seen some Mom Bloggers posting about their last baby being a lengthy list of last ‘firsts’ and how heartbroken they are to realize this is the last first they’ll experience. First steps, first tooth, first night sleeping all night, etc… but in all honesty I’m glad she is both my little girl, my only girl and my last. Pregnancy and the fourth trimester was tough for me. (see here) She is already a force to be reckoned with, for the good and the bad. She’s loving, creative and especially imaginative, which…