October 2017

Garage Lunch and Other Homeschool Realities

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks! My kids are eating lunch.  In the garage.  And they are tickled about it. It’s started to get chillier, and they figured out that they […]

Poor Prognosis

Last July, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital hosted a SJIA festival.  Families traveled from around the country to network and attend educational sessions.  Since we had just been there in April, it seemed sort of silly to travel all the way back a few months later, but I was disappointed at the missed opportunity. We have only […]

A Second Chance

Back in May, I wrote about how much I love being a mom, but how hard it is.  How overwhelming it is to be in charge of everything.  How rare it is to feel competent or successful in what I consider to be my most critical role.  And I was excited at the release of […]

MSB 38:  Beat-boxing and Generosity

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Mass was an event today.  It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t even muster a recap like a few weeks ago, though.  So that’s a small victory.  Here’s a quick recap: Moe did great while he was looking through one of the picture Bibles we bring to church.  That is, until he figured out how […]

SQT:  Apples, a Tattoo, and Babyness


Right now my living room is a disaster.  I’ve got three loads of clean-but-piled-up laundry all over the couch, and there are legos and books all over the floor.  The biggest factor in my meal planning is which pan is clean.  With eating all three meals at home, seven days a week, we go through […]

Locked Out

Moe got mad today while the kids and I were outside doing yard work this afternoon.  Naturally, he went into the house and locked all the doors before coming out himself. Life tip:  If you’re going to seek vengeance on your family by locking them out of the house, have the good sense to stay […]

Popcorn and Cardboard


I’ve felt nervous about announcing our pregnancy.  We are over-the-moon excited!  And no, it wasn’t a surprise (sooooo weird to be asked…but it’s sure easier to respond to that question here than at the grocery store). But—after seeing the backlash that the Duchess of Cambridge is facing for baby numero tres, people-pleaser me is anxious […]

The Whole Truth About My Summer Break


My teaching license *did* expire in July, so I needed to take a class at the last minute. Cee *is* doing better, so we *did* try to really enjoy the summer. But. But that’s not the whole truth behind my months-long summer break. From the day we found out we were expecting (this *is* an […]

The Crutch of Comfort


9/10 for the Write 31 Days Challenge so far.  Woot!  I’m over at Everyday Ediths today, writing about this month’s theme, comfort.  Click over there to read more.   There’s quite the learning curve in shifting to baking with no sugar or white flour.  I tried to accommodate Cee’s 7th birthday request for a “three layer […]

Hair Trouble

As someone who dabbles in direct sales with Norwex and Usborne (thanks for checking out my shopping links!), I appreciate the work that others put into their small businesses.  When Mandi from A Blog About Miscarriage offered some Lilla Rose haircessories in exchange for an honest review, I was excited to give them a try.   […]