Quick Take 7: A Week with the Tribe

Our lives are crazy. I am the first to admit that most people would run away screaming if they switched places with me for a day. But to me, this is paradise. Even when I am about to pull out my hair, have yelled more than a few choice words at the kids (and then felt horribly for doing so), and have a countdown to … Continue reading Quick Take 7: A Week with the Tribe

The Gift of Self: An Advent Tradition

When I was growing up Advent was never a big deal. I went to Catholic school, but to be honest our Catholic education was lacking. I remember learning about Advent, but the beauty and necessity of readying our hearts and minds was never stressed to us. Our Catholic home was even worse. We prayed before we ate and we went to Mass each Sunday, but … Continue reading The Gift of Self: An Advent Tradition

Encounters with a Poopcasso

Ah, every mother’s nightmare- a child is alone, in his bedroom, and is very, very quiet. Someone goes to check up on him and begins to scream. “Mama! Mama! You need to come here quick! You hang your head in despair because you know this will not be good. When you get to the bedroom you find it’s worse than you thought. There is poop … Continue reading Encounters with a Poopcasso

Learning Life Lessons from the Chickens

We’ve had our chickens for about 7 months now. Everyone still loves them as much as the day we brought them home. Our chickens love the attention they get from the kids. They don’t mind being picked up, they follow the kids everywhere when they play in the backyard, and they come when we call for them. They have helped the kids learn about responsibility, … Continue reading Learning Life Lessons from the Chickens

The Day the Shitter was Full

Ok, so maybe this isn’t the classiest title I have ever come up with, but this isn’t going to be a very classy post as it is about poop. Hopefully you will forgive me for my crudeness…. Maybe you’ve seen Christmas Vacation as many times as we have and can recite the lines by heart. If that’s the case you’ll understand the picture below all … Continue reading The Day the Shitter was Full

For the Love of Leo

I don’t think I will ever forget the day I found out I was pregnant with Leo. I recall the overwhelming feeling of joy and fear mixed so thoroughly together. To know that I was pregnant so soon after almost losing my life with Jake and after being counseled to never have another child again, was terrifying. But, as I stood there, shaking and crying, … Continue reading For the Love of Leo

7 Quick Takes Friday: Resolutions for Moms with Toddlers

So I have been thinking about my resolutions for the year. For the toddler side of my life I’ve come up with the following. Be sure to add yours in the comments! 1. I resolve to not go to the store with food smashed into my shirt (even if it happens to be on my back where I can’t see it) or my pants or … Continue reading 7 Quick Takes Friday: Resolutions for Moms with Toddlers

The Other Side of the Badge

I was sitting in my room, folding clothes, when Caroline came and asked me a question. “Mama,” she started, “is Daddy going to die?” Her questioned startled me. “I don’t think so. Why do you ask that?” I responded. She looked at me and said quietly, “Because he’s a policeman and bad guys want to kill him.” I didn’t know what to say. We have … Continue reading The Other Side of the Badge