RSV :: Hudson’s Story

With 6 kids and a limited income, I’ve become an expert at researching my kids’ sicknesses and staying out of the doctor’s office whenever possible. Despite all the wonderful medical info online, I often find myself drawn to personal stories written by parents describing their experiences with their kids’ illnesses. Since we’ve experienced hospitalization with … More RSV :: Hudson’s Story

Time with God:: How I manage to stay connected in the midst of kids & chaos

I was 19 and away at college.  I would wander out of my red brick dorm and across the street to the breezy outdoor amphitheater, complete with white columns among a pristine lawn.  There I would sit with my warm coffee, full journal and frequently-read Bible, praying and reading and writing complete sentences.  THIS is what a … More Time with God:: How I manage to stay connected in the midst of kids & chaos

Look up

I’m a helpless news junkie.  The kind that knows exactly what time BBC America comes on.  And what time it’s replayed in case I miss it.  NPR and talk radio round out the top 3 pre-sets in my car.  My Twitter feed looks like it belongs to a White House pool reporter.  While this obsession … More Look up

Birthday gifts:: How I managed to cut back on what we spend

If your kids are at least preschool age, you know the reality of the birthday party scene. For the next many years, you will spend a fair amount of Saturdays sitting next to a bouncy castle, eating carrot sticks – I mean Olaf noses and making small talk to people you’ve just met. And all these parties will require a trip to the store where you’ll try to guess which princess or super hero the birthday kid is into, gawk at how much toys cost, then realize you need to spend $8 more on a card, bag and tissue paper. Geez, did I really just spend $30 on a present for a child we barely know? … More Birthday gifts:: How I managed to cut back on what we spend