“Hello, you’ve reached my crazy, busy life. I’m sorry, but I can’t come to the phone right now. Please leave a message after the tone, and I’ll get back with you in ten or twenty years or so. Your call is important to us…” College is supposed to be the place you find your … Continue reading Change Calling, part one
...Because I still need some practice at this, I guess. The long, slow slide into summer stability was slower than anticipated this year. I'm just now feeling like I've got my "sea legs" so to speak with having the kids home, and June is nearly over. The grey fog that I now recognize as the … Continue reading Doing the Next Thing and the futility of five-year plans. Yes, again.
Watching Bowling For Columbine, finally. They're talking about school violence, and I still wonder what I would have turned out like, had I not been delivered from my own little hellish experience in Glenwood. I know the three years I was there did enough damage on my ability to relate to people --I still assume … Continue reading Thoughts on “Bowling for Columbine,” Back to School Edition
I am in a little bit of shock. On my bouncing through the internet, I came upon a message board post by a CRC member who holds to the "full quiver" (holding to the idea that "God should plan our families") ideology. She stated that our church policy is officially against the use of birth control. Knowing … Continue reading Little-Known Facts about the Christian Reformed Church
After reading the idea in Amy Dacyzyn's Tightwad Gazette, I've long intended to do a written-down price book --a list of items I regularly buy with the best prices I find at each store along with the date. Finally, I started one tonight. I'm still bumping my way around MS Excel (I can't remember how to do the … Continue reading Adventures In Frugality …Making a price book, finally
I'm doing an experiment... One thing I miss about getting the paper when we were in AZ was the Sunday paper coupons. Of course, I got my paper for free then since I was doing a route, but I've been wondering if using the coupons would total enough in a month to pay for the … Continue reading An Experiment…
File this under the "mommy files." An online friend mentioned this site in a post and I couldn't help but share it with y'all because, hey, you never know who you're going to meet who could use this. It's a site called miraclediapers.org, and it's an idea I've had in the past, but didn't have … Continue reading Cool site to share…
Three sick kids Originally uploaded by samshelbigesch. Thought you'd get a laugh out of this. Yes, that's a pull-up diaper on Corwin's head. I think Amaryah taught him that trick, but I'm sure he could have just as easily done it on his own...
It's currently 4:17 am at our house. I'll sum the reason I'm up by saying that croup is not fun. I have three seriously sick kids, but once again, Elanor gets the prize for most sick, having awakened at 2:30 am with a cough that would make a seal wince. All three kids have had … Continue reading Redefining “normal”
I am discovering that a lot of my day-to-day stresses can be relieved by just implementing new systems. Our latest challenge has been that our son is discovering new and exciting ways every day to destroy explore the world around him. I have caught him (...and this is just in one week, mind you) cliimbing up on … Continue reading they don’t call me domestic engineer for nothin’