Sanger’s Many Ironies

I’ve been reading some of Margaret Sanger’s writings lately to catch the many obvious flaws but also the many ironies in her thought processes in order to elucidate the trajectory of ideas that led to Planned Parenthood in its current diabolical iteration. Ironically she nailed some real societal ills. She effectively calls out Christians for […]

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Good stuff and Giveaways

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I am suffering from Summer-induced Grammnesia. It’s a serious ailment, common to homeschool moms (and maybe any teacher), wherein your ability to find and detect grammatical errors has been temporarily debilitated due to the summer heat and sudden onset of freedom. Speaking of homeschooling, we are […]

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Awww rats!

I’m not sure what happened. It’s all a blur. I went to the feed store innocently seeking a few bags of chick feed and somehow I accidentally came home with 10 pounds of chick feed, 2 little rats and 5 pounds of rat food. You are probably now EEEKing or (like me) AWWWing. I had […]

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Tonsil Boy

Over the past few months I’ve taken to calling my oldest son, “Tonsil Boy.” He has had Strep Throat 5 times in a row… I think it’s 5 anyway. A lot. I’ve lost count. No sooner would he finish a round of antibiotics before coming down with it again. Essentially someone in our house has […]

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Tax laughs…

I don’t know why I thought of this today. Maybe it’s because we went in to sign our tax forms today and the lady at the reception desk smiled at our brood and said, “It looks like you have a couple of deductions!” I just thought it sounded like a great congratulatory greeting card from […]

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The dresser and the thief

Today I bought an old ugly dresser with nice bones at the local thrift store. It was just your standard 1970’s wood dresser. I brought it home, sanded the living daylights out of it and painted it a vibrant teal. Yes. You heard me right. Teal. Pictures to come soon. But as I wait for […]

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The people need clothes

They are literally threatening to go naked. Now granted, part of this is due to the fact that they have not been faithfully bringing their laundry down and running it through. But the large pile of clothes on my floor will attest to the fact that I’m not always the best at getting the laundry […]

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Everything.

I love everything about this picture. It was my Mom’s SOMETHINGth birthday. (She doesn’t believe the number and neither do I so why mention it?) And we sort of surprised her by showing up at lunchtime and then staying all day and then making fajitas for dinner and then making a 4 layer vanilla cake […]

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Hectic Life Means Dinner Suffers

Last night, I got home from Blissdom and was exhausted in every way. Top that off with the fact that I was sick. I think gastroenteritis is the culprit. Ugh. I did not want to cook and hubby had just done 5 days solo with our 4+1 kids and wasn’t up to cooking either. My […]

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The Mall

When we lived in Canada, we used to go to the mall just in order to get out of the house when it was too cold to go anywhere else. Since moving back home to California, we have only set foot in a mall about maybe 10 times (not including strip malls that include things […]

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Olliver's Travels

Before my husband left for his orientation in Phoenix with Food for the Hungry, we decided that we wanted a fun way for Daddy to share with the kids where in the world he was and what he did throughout his time. While his travels won’t necessarily be far and wide just yet, he will […]

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Making the Best of the Distance (AKA Why I love Skype)

My hunkahunkaburninlove comes home from Staff Orientation in Arizona at Food for the Hungry tomorrow. Oh, I’m so happy. I’m so happy he’s coming home but I’m so so happy he loves his job. I’m so excited about this organization. I’m very thankful. But I’m still really happy he’s coming home tomorrow. It’s not quite the […]

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Nieces

I, as you know, am a mom of four boys.  Four boys who, tonight in particular, can sometimes drive me mad with their incessant boyish craziness.  Love them and all but sometimes I seriously just feel a wee tad alone (no offense, Cupcake, but you don’t much count for making me feel a lot of […]

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Birthday Art

My oldest child just turned 11 yesterday. It’s hard to believe I’m old enough to be the parent of a pre-teen. Really hard to believe. As in, I don’t think it’s possible. I’m still 23. He received art supplies, as per his request, for his birthday. Paints, brushes, etc. Today he whipped them all out […]

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Colorful

The boys are involved in a local church’s AWANA scripture memory program which they all really love. Each week has some sort of theme. This past week was crazy hair night. While one of my kids was initially reticent about participating (well, actually more negative than mere reticence) I eventually convinced him to “let down […]

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Little Bits of I-Love-You

Stuck-on sparkles, old elastic metal clips and see-through plastic, Bits of paper, string and glue, little flecks of I-love-you. A stick with arms, some legs, a head, some frizzled hair (just bits of thread) “It’s you!” a finger points in ballyhoo to little marks of I-love-you. Some hearts float ’round about the air A rainbow […]

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Silly Boys

I have silly boys.  They are funny and witty and artistic and creative and all the wonderful (and maddening) things that come along with that kind of personality.  They surprise me with their creations.  Sometimes I’m floored by the ingenuity.  And then other times I just scratch my head and wonder.  And then let out […]

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Christmas ‘n’ stuff

Life has such a way of sneaking up on you and getting busy doesn’t it?  I for one like it.  And then I experience the relief of getting back to routine.  It’s all just a matter of riding the waves on the peaks and the troughs.  This past year has been more of a ride […]

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Boys

I’m sitting here at the park watching my boys play. Jumping, leaping, climbing, and pretty much doing anything that they think worth the risk of failure and injury. Play is work for them. It is learning. They are playing at what is a good risk and what is a bad risk. I once had a […]

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Halloween in a NUTshell

Emphasis on NUT.  Cause my kids are nuts.  But their my nuts.  And I love ’em. This is a soldier.  Private Ryan?  I don’t know really.  Someone brave and rugged though.  And looking shell-shocked. My Motley Crew This is what happened when I said, “Get in character!!” This is Igor. This is my little Rescue […]

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Even At Night

Over the past few months you have followed my story and prayed with me and for me, that God might heal me and give me rest.  There were many nights that I lay awake remembering, admittedly at times with bitterness, His promise, “…for he grants sleep to those he loves.”  I am pleased to tell […]

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A Royal Room

Our boys love history.  I think it is all of their favorite subject.  We are taking our study of Medieval times to the next level this year.  Both of our big boys decided to forfeit birthday parties and gifts in order to get a sweet new room decor.  We are turning their tiny lair into […]

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Tap, tap, tap…

  I’ve been gone for a couple of days. We had a lovely Christmas. A silly Christmas too. This guy ^ is named Hamburger. And this ^ is Chocolate Milk.  We specialize in naming stuffed animals and puppets.  We’ll name yours for you for a nominal fee if you can’t come up with a workable […]

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Li'l Rascals

You know, there is nothing like exposing your kids to all of the right t.v. and movie characters throughout the generations. You know, like Wallace and Beaver Cleaver, Gilligan and the gang, The Brady fam, The Jetsons and their Hanna-Barbara ilk.  Nothing will give kids a strong sense of television and movie history and a […]

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We are home…

We are home and so happy to not be on the road anymore!  And what a warm welcome we received.  When we walked in the door of our house we discovered that our church family had  cleaned our whole house, including the garage which has recently (during our basement renovation project) been nicknamed, “One step […]

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We are going…

We have decided that we are going to California to be with my family.  We need to be there.  We are heading out early tomorrow morning and are going to try to make the trip in two 13 hour days.  Please pray for safety, clear road conditions and just a very smooth trip. So I […]

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He is sovereign.

We wait. Mike is unresponsive still. He is scheduled for an MRI this morning. Please continue to pray. We know that over all, God is good and faithful and we are taking comfort in his promises.  I’ve set up a separate blog just for updating people on his condition and how to pray.

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We need your prayers…

Tonight I got a frantic call from my Mom.  It was about my brother Mike… Mike hung himself tonight but my brother Matt found him and he was still alive.  My Dad and Mom cut him down and my Mom performed CPR and he started to breathe again while the paramedics were coming.  He was […]

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Goggles

Last year we bought the kids some goggles for their swimming lessons.  My two little ones love wearing their goggles even when they’re not swimming.  I just can’t help but laugh… especially at my three year old… who also dresses himself.  His ensembles plus the goggles are enough to make any eyes bug out. And […]

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Now Presenting: The Hover Dart

As you may know sometimes I like bragging on my kids on this here website.  It’s a mother’s prerogative.  It’s the beauty of owning a blog.  It’s totally shameless.  And I’m about to do it again. Not too long ago we had some dear friends staying with us.  Among them were four boys.  Among those […]

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We… Us…. Usn's

My sweet friend, Heather, took this picture of our family at Lake Louise a couple of weeks ago.  I think it’s what I’m going to use for our Christmas letter this year. Family pictures are not so easy to come by when you’re usually behind the camera.  Thanks Heather!!

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Confession…

Sometimes I have a hard time saying “no” to free clothes for the kids. We have been very blessed to be surrounded by so many kind friends who graciously pass their kids’ clothes that they have outgrown on down to us.  This has been a huge blessing and has saved us so much money that […]

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The Party's Over

And I don’t mean that in a sinister way… like someone would if they said it right before they were about to tell you something really bad.  I just mean the party is over.  And it was fun while it lasted. There were decorations… A pony ride… (Yes, I made that hobby horse… that explains […]

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Some days…

Some days. Some days are all good. Some days are all bad. And some days, like this day…. some days, if they were printed out on a graph would look like the peaks and troughs on a heart patient’s doppler read out.  Good, bad, up, down, happy, sad… Can I get a little bit of […]

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My baby…

My baby is three today.  How does that happen?  You can expect me to ask that every year until he’s 40 I think.  By then I may have clued in that he’s pretty much going to keep getting older and bigger and more independent every day no matter how long I insist on referring to […]

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Good times…

Do you remember doing this?  I do. I  also remember getting really itchy every time I did it. I have to tell you, having a houseful of kids and friends that are more like family is more fun than I can say.  It’s busy… and we are going through a lot of food but, man, […]

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Boyisms

Last night as I was tucking my boys into bed this conversation took place: Two year old:  Mommy, (grabbing my face and squishing my cheeks between his two little hands) you’re my BEEEEEEST Fwend.  And my Daddy…. he’s my best fwend too. Me:  Awww… you are so sweet. Two year old:  Yes, I AM sweet […]

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Fall Portraits

I love taking fall portraits of my boys.  The intense colors of the season just call my camera’s name. “Hello….” They call.  They sing to me.  They beckon like as unto the Hills calling Fraulein Maria. And Fraulein Maria and I just can’t say no to the talking trees and leaves and the laughing breezes.  […]

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What are Grandpas good for?

Grandpas are the best, are they not?  Grandpa and Uncle Phil have been here for 10 days helping us and spending time with us and we have had a wonderful time together.  Grandpa has installed numerous pipes, faucets, sinks and a garbage disposal (he’s going to get a special place in heaven for that good […]

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Where?

Where does the time go?  How is it that this child is almost three years old? When did that happen? I thought I just had him? I thought he was just nursing and sleeping next to me in my bed. I thought I was just bringing him home from the hospital when he was ten […]

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A Perfect Day…

Yesterday was such a perfect day. The weather was beautiful and the mountains were calling our names.  (Can you tell that I have a Fraulein Maria complex?  The hills are alive.  For real man.) In the morning we woke up and felt the definite need for donuts. This is a need that must not be […]

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"Baby" boyisms…

So he’s not a baby.  I get that.  But dangit, he’ll always be my baby so get used to me calling him that.  Okay? Good,  got that out of the way. Okay, so my baby is the most verbose of all of my children at this age.  Truthfully all of my children have been very […]

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Boyisms

Recent boyisms include, but are not limited to, the following: I had to take my two year old into the dressing room while I tried something on recently.  I did my best to not be entirely and 100% visible to him but he managed to pop up and turn around in his stroller and have […]

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The Boxer

My littlest man loves boxing.  It’s his favorite game to play on the Wii and it’s one of his favorite things to do with his Daddy lately.  (His other favorite is cuddling.)  Call me selfish but I really don’t want my kids being in any sport that has a likely potential to cause facial disfigurement […]

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I love this girl…

This girl is my soul sister.  Not only is she my soul sister but she is beautiful.  (And sassy.) This weekend we were blessed enough to enjoy a much awaited visit from some very dear friends of ours whom we met 9 years ago when we moved to a little place known as “Aggieland”, Texas.  […]

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Just wanted…

to say thanks to all of you who had been praying for my Mother in law, Kathleen, over the last few weeks.  Tonight our prayers have been answered that her suffering would not  be prolonged. She went home to be with Jesus earlier this evening.

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Are they all yours?

Whenever we go out we inevitably get asked one of two questions, but usually both, at least 14 times per hour. The first question being, “Are they all yours?” and the second one being, “Are they all boys?” and the third one being, “Are there any twins?” and the fourth one being “How far apart […]

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Does this sum it up?

Not to bore you with all the gory details of sickness but tonight my son came in and handed me these handy little symptom lists which he wrote up in order to help me identify various common family ailments. Who needs Google or advice nurses when you have this sort of thing at your fingertips? […]

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Roll with it. Roll with it.

Plans are always subject to change. Aren’t they? I know this to be true because so far I’ve planned three different trips for this Summer, none of which will be happening! Last week our toddler came down with a wicked tummy bug. He was over it after about four days. I thought he had managed […]

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Music. Pass it on.

Do you pass on the music you love to your children? Or when you had children did you immediately stop listening to your favorite music and turn on kinder-tunes and nursery rhyme songs? Growing up I remember listening to Johnny Cash in the car with my parents, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, The Messiah, […]

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Boys

Boys like mud.  And when snow melts there’s plenty to be had.  And boys don’t seem to care if they forget to wash it all off the minute they come inside.  They don’t seem to mind that crispy, crusty feeling.  I don’t get it.  But it’s very boyish of them isn’t it? I realize his […]

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I'm happy to report…

That The Pastor is home safe and sound and was greeted with many hugs and kisses and “Never leave us agains.” I am finally getting my voice back and starting to feel human enough again to attack the many daily duties that were left relatively untouched over the last several days. Mount Laundry is calling […]

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Just another update…

My mother in law is actually improving. She is awake but because of being out for a week and on all the drugs she is really loopy and hallucinating. Today she thought my dh was a mafia man coming to take her away. He and his brother and Dad were doing their best not to […]

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Keep praying please…

My Mother in Law is just teetering on the edge today.  She is in a great deal of discomfort whenever she is awake.  I won’t go into the details.  Just pray that God will have mercy on her and take her home today. My husband sent this prayer request to our church family last night… […]

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While the cat's away…

the mice are sad. I put The Pastor on an airplane headed toward his Mom, Dad and brother (in the Southern U.S.) just this afternoon. I already miss him. I really really hate it when he travels. I’m sure part of that is due to the fact that I absolutely abhor flying… I absolutely hate […]

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Just waiting…

We are just waiting for news on how my Mother in law will fare today.  They are going to try to wake her up and extubate her.  We should know more by this afternoon. In the mean time my vacuum cleaner broke when I tumbled down the stairs with it, I’ve come down with a […]

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Will you pray?

I have to step out of my normal, light hearted way of writing to ask you all to pray for my Mother in Law. She has battled cancer off and on for the last 28 years. She had her first battle with breast cancer 28 years ago, had a single mastectomy and chemotherapy. Then just […]

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Randomocity

This evening I was repeatedly  told I was the best Mom ever and that I was like Mr. Magorium because I “made” some new bath toys.  All of the kids old bath toys had gotten disgustingly corroded.  I never did find a good bath toy storage solution.  Plus I’m just lazy about bath toys.  So […]

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Reading Aloud…

One activity that I find so important in nurturing a love of reading in my children is reading aloud to them.  I admit, we are not as constant in this area as I wish we were.  We vacillate between voraciously consuming books together to the opposite extreme of not reading aloud for several weeks.  Whenever […]

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Serious Work

I love it that when my boys go out to play, in their minds they are going out to work. They have business plans. Entrepreneurial dreams and visions. They have a chain of command and they are constantly reviewing the progress made on the many projects they have going on at any time. I am […]

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Brothers

Brothers will never fail to surprise me. How they can go from throwing clumps of dirt at each other because they are mad that “he was digging in my mud pit!!” to showing the sweetest affection, I’ll never know. I’m sure I was never ever so volitile in my affections, ever in my life. Never. […]

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Kid Quote:

Mom: Okay, you finished your lunch. Now it’s nap time. Toddler: I don’t want to take a nap! (said with an angry furrowed brow while getting his face washed.) Mom: I know, but it’s nap time. Toddler: It’s not naptime. It’s Winta time Mom. (brow still furrowed) Mom: Thankfully it can be both!

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Mr. Dramatic

You know how I posted about little boys and their guns the other day? Remember how I told you that my two year old has a definite flair for the dramatic? Well… I didn’t think you quite got my meaning. I thought maybe you were doubtful as to just how much of an actor he […]

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Gun Control Issues

Ha ha. Just kidding. This isn’t a political post. (Well… it isn’t meant to be anyways.) I read somewhere that boys needed to have play guns and that if they don’t have play guns they will turn just about anything into a play gun. I can’t remember which book it was but we’ll just blame […]

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I just have to say this…

Nothing puts me to sleep faster than li-s-t-e-n-ing t-o a ch-i-l-d s-ou-n-d ou-t, n-0-t j-u-s-t e-v-e-r-y sy-ll-a-b-le of e-v-e-r-y w-o-rd, b-u-t al-m-o-s-t e-v-e-r-y l-e-tt-er, in a f-i-f-t-ee-n p-a-g (I mean p-a-g-e) ph-o-n-i-cs r-ea-d-er. I-t i-s v-er-y v-er-y p-ai-n-f-ul a-n-d y-e-t v-er-y s-oo-th-ing. P-u-t-s me t-o s-l-ee-p e-v-e-r-y t-i-m (I mean t-i-m-e). **sigh** Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

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Prayers

So we’ve had a few discussions about human reproduction lately with the older two boys using science books from the library. We’ve had some really great conversations. Not at all “scary.” In fact we take joy in teaching them about these things, knowing that we are teaching them that sex is not only a really […]

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It's Back to School Day…

It’s nose to the grindstone day. It’s get back to “normal” day. It’s happy pleasant everyone loves each other day. It’s back to the joy and heart-pounding thrill of learning day. It’s pain and suffering because my brain hurts day. It’s thank God for some structure again day. And so what if I’m still in […]

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I forgot to mention…

I seem to have forgotten to mention how the big gift went over with the kids. First, I have to say that I was really proud of the kids because though they had very few gifts to open, they didn’t complain. In fact, our gift opening time lasted about ten minutes at the most. It […]

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Boys are weird.

You will now witness for yourself what kind of malarky will ensue when you let boys do any silly thing they want to in front of a video camera. (Pay no attention to the background mess… we cleaned it after making the video. Mostly.) Now you have seen and know for yourself what I live […]

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I gave birth to a poet…

It seems that I gave birth to a poet. A sentimental one at that. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. His father is a poet. His mother is a poet. His grandmother is a poet. His Great Great Grandmother was a poet. But still, can you try to imagine my amazement when I discovered in my […]

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Try it. I dare you!

Just try taking Christmas pictures with four boys and a dog. I’m betting some of you have. I’m sure success will come eventually. I just took about 10 pictures (granted I just decided at random — didn’t even make sure their clothes or faces were clean…) and I think only one of them is remotely […]

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Cute…

Don’t you love it when you overhear your kids playing and they say something terribly cute? My three younger boys were playing trains and cars while my oldest was just delving into his first multiplication lesson (which he is loving by the way!) The children of course were making the cars and trains talk to […]

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Saving Up

Recently I’ve been reading Beverly Cleary books aloud to my boys. They are really enjoying them. We’ve been going back and forth between Henry Huggins books and Ramona books. So far we’ve read Henry Huggins, Henry and Ribsy, Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona, Henry and Beezus and now we are reading Henry and the […]

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Blah blah blah

This post is just going to be like so many of my other recent posts, a bland retelling of everything that is happening or not happening around here. Because most of it is so fatiguingly and tediously boring I’ll try to spice it up with a few funnies strewn throughout. I’ll let you judge if […]

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Seriously. Never a dull moment.

So today my three year old broke out in hives that migrated from his lower back (just after breakfast) to his torso, chest and head (where they currently still remain.) I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out what it is (Acute Urticaria) but goodness, does the madness never end?! (We did take him in to a […]

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Toy culling!

I’m sorry but toys are the bane of my existence! Not all toys… just the many that pretty much go unplayed with except for the odd time that they are dragged out of a box and left strewn across the house. So much of it is just JUNK. I can’t stand the clutter. Who bought […]

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Faces

I like faces. I particularly like these faces though. I guess I’m sorta partial to them. A person tends to feel that way about people that she birthed. Ya know? You tend to feel that way, no matter how much they drive you crazy sometimes, because once upon a pregnancy you dreamed what these faces […]

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Happy Birthday Dude!!

My baby is two. I feel old! Here he is the day we brought him home from his 10 day stay in the hospital. He was five weeks early and spent his first week and a half in the NICU and special care nursery. Those were the longest days… but it’s simply flown by since […]

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Where have I been?!

I have been a bad blogger lately. But a better human being. So I’m not going to bother flogging myself for my lack of posting here. Sometimes I do just have to take a few steps away from the computer in order to distance myself a bit from everything in it! So that’s where I’ve […]

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Letterboxing

The Pastor has recently become determined, thanks to finding a handy little book on the subject for only $1 at the library, that he and the boys need to begin letterboxing. And there’s not a moment to waste. They hope to head out on their first adventure tomorrow. I am not the letterboxing head honcho […]

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Wrastle Mania

The Pastor is the best Dad. Tonight was a “wrastling” night. On wrastling nights we move the coffee table and everyone pretty much tries to take each other down. Dad is the centerpiece of the whole affair. Usually there are a few knocked heads and a couple of tears shed but most of the time […]

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