• Musings

    Blanket fort anyone?

    Growing up my brothers and I used to create blanket forts out of the aforementioned blankets, couch cushions, sleeping bags and pillows under the spare card table we had with kitchen chairs being used for additional supports. It was an undertaking and one that could easily collapse if the dogs decided that the blanket wall they were by was supposed to have a door, or if the precariously balanced couch cushions decided to shift in any way. For the brief time that the fort was upright we had fun and were able to cozy up in our blankets and pillows on our faux camping trip we created in the family…

  • Musings

    Do you want to build a puzzle?

    I know the song is asking if you want to build a snowman, but yeah, it’s south Texas, snow doesn’t tend to happen here often. This year has been all sorts of things for us: scary, frustrating, uncertain, along with seemingly being caught in a loop a la Groundhogs Day. But one thing that has been almost constant is our collective desires to have something we can control. Even something as simple as completing a jigsaw puzzle. “Jigsaw puzzles?!” You might be thinking. “You mean those boring old bits of paper making up images of old paintings that retirees do to pass the time?” Yes, those things, but stick with…

  • Musings

    I’m all out of sugar

    It’s 20 days until Christmas and 27 days until 2020 is behind us, but who’s counting? I have become an avid coffee drinker since becoming a mother. I have also become an avid two-Splenda-in-my-coffee person over the course of the 7 years I’ve been a mom, (to those worried, I drank decaf while pregnant) so to be without (fake) sugar for my coffee is a big deal. There have been times when I’ve been almost out, but the grocery store run was soon approaching so I made due with just more creamer in my coffee and even a spoonful of real sugar on those splurge mornings. To help the morning…

  • Musings

    Schools, Covid & Dave Grohl?

    We have been trying to expand the musical horizons of what Munchkin and Little Miss listen to a lot lately. Mainly because there is such a wide variety of music and styles out there, but also because there’s only so much Gangnam Style a la Kids Bop we can handle in a week. (Oppan Gangnam Style, Gangnam Style…) I’ve been a fan of Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl for a long while now (yeah, I’m old), but he’s made me smile and rock out a bit more this year partly because of his comments about teachers. In July, he wrote an essay for The Atlantic where he’s quoted as saying:…

  • Life story,  Musings

    Carving & Camping

    When I was growing up at least once a summer my parents, brothers and I would go camping. Not the glamping that’s available now with central air, a fluffy bed and fully stocked kitchen, but the camping with canvas tents, sleeping bags and cooking over a campfire. We would bring cards for games (Uno anyone?) and I would always bring books to read in the afternoons between the daily visit to the beach* and dinner getting started. One thing my brothers, and I occasionally, attempted to do to help pass the time when camping was to carve sticks. We tried to make our own marshmallow roasting sticks with the fallen…

  • Musings

    Wait, what’s going on?

    Sorry for the lack of posting earlier. The month of February saw myself and Mister getting sick (flu-like) and then early March saw Munchkin getting sick (positive for flu-A) causing him to start Spring Break early, then the hot mess that is the Covid-19 pandemic happened. To be blunt and honest, I’m scared. I don’t know how this all will end, or when, but I am trying to rely on the fact that God knows how and when it will end. Doesn’t help sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed and Satan is sitting on my shoulder whispering that my anxieties are fact and I that I should feel hopeless. Anxiety in…

  • Musings

    I’ve got a boo-boo

    Do you remember when you were little and playing to your hearts content; with blocks, with dolls, outside with sticks and stones, or all of the above and you got hurt? Perhaps a stick poked you when you leaned over something, a plastic brick you didn’t realize was there decided to dig into the sole of your foot when you stood up, or maybe you got pinched when trying to fit a tiny plastic shoe onto a rigid foot of a doll? No matter how you were hurt, you had a boo-boo and wanted someone to help you feel better, right? I would typically seek out my mom to gain…

  • Musings

    Happy New Year! Almost…

    Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of a decade. Whoa. Crazy. Due to tonight being a night where bedtimes are drastically stretched, Mister and I are attempting to get both Munchkin and Little Miss to nap. Key words there are ‘attempting’ and ‘nap’. So far we are 0-2 because neither kiddo wants to rest when there are fun things to do and play with from Christmas and just in their rooms in general. Even our house pony isn’t settling down to his typical afternoon siesta, probably cause there’s too much going on outside of his typical domain this afternoon with kiddos being on Christmas break…

  • Informative,  Life story

    Perpetual Growth

    Growing up I was able to visit a really cool science museum, and one of the main attractions was a weighted stick that slowly drew intersecting circles in a large area of sand. It was as close to a perpetual machine as I’ve ever seen. It seemed to always be moving and changing the layout of the circles in the sand, but I’m sure there was some form of low-energy power going through the machine unseen by the public. I was reminded of that exhibit recently when our church introduced a new initiative called Unfinished, where we are asking for the church as a whole grow in faith, discipleship and…

  • Informative

    Hard Moments

    Recently Mister and I were asked to share part of our story for a video compilation at church. After we were interviewed they asked if we could also send in some photos to accompany our video segment. Thankfully Google Photos has most of our photo memories so we dived into all that we have saved there. Oh boy there were lots to go through. Here are some recent ones compiled for Munchkins first grade teacher to get to know him a bit better. To get a wide range of times and events we looked back to when we were packing up our house in Ohio (or rather, watching the movers…

  • Musings

    It’s Just a Phase

    How many times have you heard the phrase “it’s just a phase” or even said it yourself when dealing with a fussy baby or a toddler acting like a teenager? (threenagers are real and among us) Often we mutter it to ourselves or others when they’re going through a rough patch with the child, or children as a way to acknowledge their tough spot or more-often than not, as a way to minimize their struggle. I want to challenge you to consider that often quoted phrase as an encouragement to sink into your current phase and find the good in it. It may not be easy, in fact you may…

  • Informative

    Turkey, stuffing and pie! Oh my!

    My first inclination was to add a delightful GIF of George Takei saying the phrase ‘oh my!’, but I’ll wait until the feeling passes.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner people. So if you’re one who’s been tasked or volunteered to handle the turkey cooking this year, and if you haven’t already, you should probably take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge. Rarely does frozen turkey turn out yummy, just saying. Plus no one wants to deal with food poisoning at any time.   Time passed, still want to share it. https://goo.gl/images/XKX4Hm This has been an interesting month for me. My son is in kinder this…

  • Musings

    Parenting in the time of Covid-19

    Covid-19 has been a pandemic now for almost six weeks. The Texas governor on Friday closed all schools, public, private and secondary education for the remainder of the current school year. Munchkin has been distance learning for three weeks and he’s got frequent Zoom meetings happening with his teacher and classmates each week and they will be continuing until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Last week one of his classmates shared that they were sad they won’t be back at school this year for any field trips or fun activities that their teachers had planned for them. Hearing the sadness in the students voice made me sad and…

  • Informative

    Simple Small Things & Songs

    I think songwriters are some of the most creative people not really known to others. I tend to only realize a person is a songwriter when I like a song enough to look up the album details and see who helped create it and realize that the person who is singing the song that emotionally moves me so much is also the person who helped write those same words. I’d like to think that music is one way I can connect to people and the situation I’m going through at the time, and there are a plethora of songs that when they play within my range of hearing I tend…