• i’m not marrying

    me:  guys, it looks like those books are going to fall on your head.  that’s not safe. 7 year old:  well, it hasn’t happened yet. me:  i think it’s time to take the fort apart.  i don’t want you to get hurt.  and you’ve had a terrible attitude toward me when i’ve talked to you about how you’re behaving while you’re using the fort. 7 year old:  that’s not fair that you didn’t let us have that fort that way. me:  here’s how this works.  i’m the mom and if i see something that seems like it could hurt my children, i stop it. 7 year old:  i don’t like…

  • broken and grateful

    thanksgiving.  a day to celebrate all we have.  all we’ve been allowed to endure.  all that has been kept from us.  giving thanks continually, in all circumstances.  all. i have friends celebrating this holiday battling cancer, battling with their loved ones who have cancer.  i have friends continuing to mourn the loss of loved ones~mothers, fathers, husbands, children.  memories hold them close, but to touch them, to hear their voices once again, to cook this holiday meal with them, is what they’d really like. sara groves has a song, “what i thought i wanted”.  there are a couple lines in that song that bounce around in my head often as…

  • like you’re my sidekick

    i’m sitting at the dining room table~checking my email, catching up on a favorite blog, checking the latest weather.  my little guy is standing next to me, playing with a calculator, leaning into my arm. “are you just standing here, leaning on me?”, i asked. “yeah, like you’re my sidekick.”, he replied.  

  • i wish i had different parents

    it’s finally been said.  in my house.  by one of my kiddos.  to me. our youngest has been pushing the limits with his attitude.  it’s often unkind and very grumpy.  i’ve been working on reminding him to choose kindness. this afternoon, as he stood in the hallway and i stood in my bedroom, i told him to choose kindness with his words and attitude or go to his room.  in our home we’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior.  he burst into tears and let out a very loud and grumpy grunt.  he said he was tired of hearing about this from me.  i told him i’m tired…

  • our first diaper drive donation

    the kiddos and i had lunch with grammy(josh’s mom) today.  i told her i got started on the diaper drive.  she said, “i know, i have a donation for you.”  our first one!! will you join me in praying over these diapers?  pray over them when you buy them, pray over them when you send them or drop them off, and continue to pray.  the people receiving these diapers, the children who will wear them, the people who will put them on the children~they all need prayer! for His glory! “not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and…