On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness

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I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [Read More...]

12 and What I Really Want Most…

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  12 candles tomorrow   I’m so thankful for you Laura… For your joyful spirit and love for others. For the way you work so hard and are willing to press on through struggles. For what an incredible big sister you are. For how the heartaches that you’ve experienced have made you more compassionate and willing [Read More...]

Helping a Pre-Reader (Phonemic Awareness and Resources)

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~G.K. Chesterton In my pre-mama-days, I was a high school English and Speech teacher.  Though you’d never know it with all the errors I find after I hit “publish”. In my pre-mama-days, I was also a certified Reading Specialist.But even with all that… I [Read More...]

Happy Birthday To Our Laura…

I can’t believe it was eleven years ago… Your first birthday party… And now your eleventh… We love you so much Laura! Happy 11th Birthday !!! You have been such a gift… from the moment we began to anticipate your arrival… We love you!!! Love, Mom & Dad (I wrote these words years ago…right after you [Read More...]

Summer Responsibility Charts

Our Summer Responsibility Charts are up and running! I know these could easily be created on the computer (well…easily…for some) but I’m still a paper and pen kinda girl. We try to evaluate each summer what responsibilities we’d like our older kiddos to take on.We try to be intentional. And so this is the plan [Read More...]

Catching Up On Fun !!!

Last Day of School !!! Time to catch up on all the fun these past few weeks… Nerf Gun Wars in the park with friends A trip to “Mr. Lou’s” Nature Center Learning about seeds… …and termites. And fertilizer.  The good stuff. Planting seeds…and now I need to actually plant ours. Lots of frogs and [Read More...]

Where I Found Lydia This Morning…

This is not a good thing… (because this photo is taken from the top of Laura’s bunkbed and Lydi isn’t even 2 yet). But this is a very sweet thing… (because Lydia apparently climbed up the ladder and slept with her big sister last night). I absolutely love…how much they love each other… Beloved, let us [Read More...]

I Like Being In Fourth Grade or (4th Grade and Dyslexia)

I’m in fourth grade this year. Not literally. But kind of. It all started when we were back in second grade. Or actually long before that… I remember the exact date when we knew… That for the first time we were going to be parents. And God knew Long before that– Who our first born would be. [Read More...]

Checking for Quarters…and Staples

Our youngest ate a staple yesterday. It reminded me of words I jotted down years ago when our big kids were still little kids and our other little Littles hadn’t joined us yet. Because yesterday– Our youngest ate a staple. Thankfully–and I do mean that– Thankfully she managed to chew it hard enough that it was fully impaled [Read More...]

“Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That…?”

This Wall Street Journal article by Jennifer Moses is an article worth reading.  As well as Justin Taylor’s perspective on her op-ed. We’ve already started to hit this dilemma.Our oldest daughter is 10.She doesn’t want to wear clothes with Dora on them any more.But honestly–it really is a struggle to find decent clothes that are cute, comfortable, affordable…that she likes…And [Read More...]

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