Momsolation -- The Results


After reading Carrot’s thoughts on the pressures of being a mom in today’s society, I set five goals for myself this week.  I’ve never really set goals, but I’ve known for a while that I’ve been failing self-care.  It seemed like time to at least pretend to try. I’ve thought about making little changes before, but honestly–I […]

SQT {1}: Seven Quick Takes Kick-Off

My first quick takes!  Woo hoo! We just finished reading Poppy by Avi aloud.  It’s our first try of an action/adventure book, and the kids enjoyed the suspense and danger.  Owl pellets!  Porcupines!  I have selfishly edited out a lot of “dude”s in my reading.  My kids incorporate bits of the books we read into our daily […]

Our Journey with SOJIA

  Cee has been sick since January ’13.  She went from being a completely fine four-year-old to waking up one Sunday unable to walk.  After three months of extensive testing and excruciating pain, she was diagnosed with Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. SOJIA is a chronic illness with ups and downs. This isn’t your grandma’s arthritis. […]

Broccoli for Haters

  Generally, I do not like vegetables– broccoli included.  Well, I used to be a hater until this recipe converted me.  We make the following recipe every week, if not a couple times per week.  It’s a tasty and affordable side that can be thown together with little fuss. Frugal note:  I like to stock up […]



Carrots recently posted all the thoughts on the tough job of being a mother in today’s world.  Here’s a thought that’s going to stay with me:   Maybe we are not super heroes. Maybe we are not robots. Maybe just maybe we are human women who need good food, exercise, occasional silence, friendship, a night […]

My Grandbunnies


I asked Elle to describe a drawing she was working on diligently. Elle:  (proudly) These are my kids. Me: Oh!  How nice.  How many kids do you have? Elle:  Seven. Me:  What are their names? Elle:  Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail…(big pause)…Mrs. Rabbit…Lucy… (she trails off, unable to name the remaining two)   Oh dear.  I think […]

First Communion


Today was a big day, because Cee received her First Communion!  It was a happy, happy day. Cee looked beautiful, and she was so excited to receive Jesus. Whew.  We didn’t know if we would make it to this point.  There were times we honest-to-goodness didn’t know if Cee would make it to ANY of the milestones we […]

Jennifer Garner Plays Me


  Have you seen the previews for the movie “Miracles from Heaven?”  I saw one, and it looks like Jennifer Garner plays me in it.  Okay, she actually plays a woman named Christy Beam, but there are some similarities in our lives: a daughter’s terrifying, sudden-onset illness.  A million questions.  No answers.  A crisis of faith.  Hope. […]


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Moe has been diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease. It’s a viral, common, childhood illness, and there’s not anything we can do but ride out the next week or so. “Diligent handwashing” is the only recommendation.  Though I’m not sure that my hands, dry and chapped from the perpetual washing, will make any difference.  As I […]

2016 Winter Update

We just returned from our most recent up and back trip to Mayo.  They’re more cost and time effective than staying over night, but man – – those up and backs are exhausting.  Nothing like sitting for 7 hours to take it out of you. Cee’s arthritis is quieting down.  She’s gotten rid of almost […]