• 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…

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    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

    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…

  • Musings

    Side Roads and Traffic Jams

    One of the many reasons I love my adopted state of Texas, is for their use of frontage roads along many of the main highways that surround where I live. Growing up in Ohio if I was headed almost anywhere that took the highway and there was an accident further on down the stretch, unless it was minor, you could be stuck where you are and be crawling along like a snail with the rest of the traffic until either the accident cleared or a detour was created. Rubbernecking was a finely tuned aspect of driving in Ohio.  So when my newly licensed self started driving solo, I started finding…

  • Life story,  Musings

    A Birthday and a Hope

    Tomorrow we celebrate our Little Miss turning 3. Not only do I feel old realizing this, but I’ve also seen some Mom Bloggers posting about their last baby being a lengthy list of last ‘firsts’ and how heartbroken they are to realize this is the last first they’ll experience. First steps, first tooth, first night sleeping all night, etc… but in all honesty I’m glad she is both my little girl, my only girl and my last. Pregnancy and the fourth trimester was tough for me. (see here) She is already a force to be reckoned with, for the good and the bad. She’s loving, creative and especially imaginative, which…

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    Puzzles & Dreams

    I love puzzles. Jigsaw. 3-D. Word games. Rearranging furniture to fit a room better. Most any kind of puzzle I’ve at least tried, if not fell in love with growing up. My favorites are 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles of Americana paintings. So I was pleasantly surprised when a few weeks ago the toy in Munchkins kids meal was a 3-D puzzle of a basketball. When we got home Mister assembled it and Munchkin had a wonderful time playing with his new ball. Unfortunately, a few weeks later we found that the ball doesn’t hold up well to continual rough use that a toddler thinks is normal play, so it fell…

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    Mirrors

    Mirrors are just simply reflective surfaces that we use to view ourselves, yet the image we see in the mirror can be radically different than the image God sees in the same mirror. When I look in the mirror I see a person who’s more often than not, tired, worn out, easily discouraged and not filled with the Spirit. Yet I put on a happy face and trudge through my day trying my best to survive another day. I “fake it til I make it”, but when God sees my reflection He sees something totally different. He sees a person who’s tender-hearted, passionate, loving, intelligent and creative. All characteristics He’s…

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    Value & Worth

    This blog idea has been ruminating in my head for a while now, but with making arrangements to pack and move our little family from a tiny apartment to a larger rental house, it hasn’t been written… until now. Today I want to speak to the moms. Doesn’t matter if you’re a new one dealing with sleep deprivation and fussy baby(ies) or one who’s seen her share of stubbed toes, hurt feelings and the growing pains all children go through. I want to share something with you that I hope brings you comfort and peace. As moms we tend to be the adult of the household who take it upon…

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    Reflections

    My son (aka: Munchkin) loves to look at his reflection in the full length mirror we have in our bathroom. He can be screaming until he’s red in the face, but once we turn the light on and show him his reflection in the mirror he’s pretty quickly distracted and wondering why his new playmate can’t come out of the bathroom. He’s enamored with his reflection, and as a distraction it works wonders. Since he’s not yet walking we have to be the ones to take him into the bathroom to see the “mirror baby” and distract him. I noticed earlier today when we were hanging out in the bathroom…

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    Knowledge & Grace

    I’ve heard it said that there are two types of knowledge, or smarts: book and streets. I tend to consider myself one of those with the former versus the latter. Being a country girl growing up I didn’t have much opportunity to get “street smart” and I am okay with that. When I was expecting Jackson I read all I could about the development of the baby and the best things to do to stay healthy for myself and the baby. I read a lot of recommended articles and books about baby development and breastfeeding to prepare for our son. I thought I knew as much as possible to handle…