Category Archive: Parenting

Apr 28

The Clothes Thief

This is no new information – kids are kids, and kids are messy. That’s all. Well, that’s all there is to the reality that kids ARE messy, loud, and high maintenance. So why do we have kids, anyway? Because some of us believe there is great value in family life, and that frequently includes kids. …

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Oct 29

How many junk drawers . . . .

Once upon a time, someone informed me (at a moment in time when I was quite annoyed with all of the JUNK and STUFF that was over flowing the counter tops, cupboards, closets, and drawers . . . actually I was probably way more than “quite annoyed” but that’s another story!) that “Everyone has a …

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Oct 07

And for an encore . . . . .

Here’s a post that I actually wrote two weeks ago for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . . . . and then I got interrupted by our move, so I am now finally getting back to this adventure. Although this happened over two weeks ago, it is still pretty relevant in terms of describing …

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Jul 15

“Give a Girl a Pair of Shoes”

  When I found this quote, and especially with this image, it reminded me of all that I have to be grateful for in my life. It reminded me of traveling to China the second time to bring Annie home, and how she has had to work so hard at everything she accomplishes. Including walking …

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Sep 26

I used to be Wonder Woman . . . .

Or so I thought. Apparently I was living in denial, or perhaps I was delusional, because it has become obvious that I am NOT Wonder Woman. At least not now. I might have been, once upon a time, but I’m beginning to doubt that fairy tale. But as I look around at all the young …

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Aug 07

Thursday Favorite Things: Encouraging Creativity in Children

Everyone is creative. We might not all feel like we are creative, but that depends on our definition of “creativity.” We aren’t all artists who paint pictures or design buildings or fashion sculptures. We aren’t all classical pianists or opera singers or violinists. We aren’t all writers or poets or composers. We aren’t all actors …

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Jun 16

Baby Steps

“A journey of a a thousand miles begins with a single step” Chinese Proverb Having traveled to China, twice, to bring our girls home (has it really been almost 12 years ago that we first took that journey?), there is great appreciation in my heart for this proverb. Aside from the fact that it comes …

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Jan 10

A Tale of Two Mothers

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens  Any woman  who has been a mother for more than two or three minutes will tell you that motherhood is the best thing that has ever happened in her life. But about two or three minutes …

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Dec 12

I have three mittens

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There is a basket full of mittens and gloves in our laundry room. Every autumn we check the basket to make sure that we have enough mittens and gloves for every one in our family, and that every mitten or glove has a mate. Well, that’s the objective, anyway. But there is just something that …

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Feb 22

Wordless Wednesday: Memories


  December, 1973 If you would like to join us today for “Wordless Wednesday,”  please stop by Ramona’s blog, “Create with Joy,” and leave a link to your Wordless Wednesday post. Hope to see you there!

Feb 07

In Other Words: Parenting . . . A Competitive Sport?


“Our problem is not a generation gap between adults and kids. Our problem is the gap between God and adults in order to reach our kids. ” ~ J Vernon Magee Again, the quote that has been chosen for this week’s In Other Words touches closely on a topic that has recently been in my thoughts. Having …

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