Anything But Ordinary

“Wow!  You have twins! And boys, too.  What a blessing – they will be each other’s best buddy!”  I still remember the comments.  The…


Pain with a Purpose

I have heard about people with a high threshold for pain.  Not the case in my family.  As I get ready to take my third (and final) child…


Playtime

I have to admit, I am still kind of bitter.  After all, it was obviously for me.  I noticed it the moment I stepped into the room.…


Warm Water

Summer is FINALLY here – yay! With summer comes tons of fun activities. I don’t know about you, but it is a great time for me to…


Circles

It drew us like a magnet.  Not much to look at.  Just a small piece of dark asphalt. The grass next to it was not an option – one girl was…


Father’s Day

I can still see his face.  He was often a bit mystified by things I said.  Or did.  Or wore for that matter.  He didn’t like the music I…


Mirror Image

I am older than my sister by two years.  She went away to college (Texas) while I was attending college close to home.  She was tall.  I…


A Place for You

It wasn’t much of a table.  Just a small, round little maple one with four chairs.  It sat right next to the kitchen.  The oldest four…


My Room

 When I close my eyes, I can see it clearly.  It wasn’t a large room, but it had a huge window.  My bed sat right next to the window.  The…


Playing Dress-up

If there was ONE thing I enjoyed the most as a child, I would have to say it was playing dress-up.  Sure, I liked the “princess-y” dresses…


Homemade

There is an recurring image that pops up inside my head around Mother’s Day. It is of a woman. She is lovely. Not in a pretentious,…


The Power of Words

I am not that “in to” superheroes.  Batman.  The Flash.  Wonder Woman.  Super Girl.  They just don’t interest me much. My immediate…


Following the Rules

Don’t run in the house.  Use your inside voice.  No throwing the ball at your brother’s face.  Don’t use that word. Our kids’ lives…


What Kids Need…

“I need a band-aid.”  I don’t know how often you hear this phrase in your own home but, in our K-2nd grade class, we hear it quite…


Waiting for the End

This Sunday your kids will be watching a repeat of the movie clips we watched during our Live Your Calling series called MK5.  This time,…


Standing Still.

I don’t like flying insects.  Bees, wasps, hornets.  Not a fan.  Not only not a fan – totally terrified of them.  You know how people…


Perfect Injustice

If I had to name one of the most difficult issues in parenting, it would have to be explaining to children the unfairness of the world.…


I Gotta Go

There are many uncomfortable conversations that occur during parenting.  Some we try to forget.  Some we will always remember.  Not too…


An Invitation

We’ve all said it.  [Son/Daughter] you need to share your toys.  Share your cookie.  Give your sister a turn riding your bike.  Let your…


Made to Serve

Well, we are getting near the end of our kids’ version Identity series – two weeks to go!  This week we are discussing SERVICE and the…