Pass Me The Manual

August 23, 2013

Are you needing some encouragement?  Today, my good friend, Andrea, is sharing some of her insights from being a mom to 2 busy boys: First of all, in case it hasn’t already been made abundantly clear to you, I am not Shara. You may wish to stop reading now. I understand. You’ve probably got a […]

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Making a Schedule

August 20, 2013

It’s that time of year.  School supplies have been out in the stores for quite a while and some of you have already started school.   Sorry, not us, we only have summer for 15 days in the Midwest:).  We take advantage of every summer day we can. It is time to get out the […]

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Creative Discipline

August 13, 2013

I’ve never had more grace for other parents than I do now, and I’m assuming as Kirk and I move along in this parenting journey I’ll only have more. You know how it is before you have kids.  You know exactly what type of parent you will be, and, more importantly, exactly what kind of […]

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I Don’t Want To…

August 5, 2013

No, I don’t really want to play Candyland…again. No, I don’t want to read One Fish, Two Fish, again. I kind of just want to finish the book I’m currently reading (the one with no pictures), or the sweater I’m currently knitting or the phone conversation I’m currently trying to have. No, I don’t want […]

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2 years, 50 years or 100 years…it’s all short!

July 29, 2013

This week has been tough.  Let me be honest, this year has been tough.  We had the loss of a dear friend in May who was diagnosed with cancer in January.  We’ve had family, friends and friends’ children diagnosed with diseases.  Most recently, we were part of the search for Isaiah Theis that ended tragically. […]

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It could have been me…it could have been you

July 23, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of theories and a lot of harsh words.  Harsh words directed toward Isaiah Theis’ parents and the law enforcement involved.  I don’t think it’s wrong to have ideas or even share them, but the fact remains we don’t know what happened, and it could have been my child.  Doesn’t every parent […]

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Tragedy Too Close to Home ~ Isaiah Theis

July 19, 2013

Tuesday evening around 8PM I asked Kirk if Fender and I could go for a walk.  I’ve walked and jogged this road hundreds of times.  It’s a very common route for me.  I said hello to some fellow neighbors and was just enjoying the beautiful evening. A familiar white truck pulled up next to me.  […]

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Learning About Sin Through an 8 Month Old

July 8, 2013

You know how smells can just bring you back in time.  There is the smell of homemade bread, or Grandma’s famous cookies or your dad’s favorite cologne that just catapults you through time to a different season in life.  It is amazing how the mind works in such ways! Then there are other smells that […]

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Venturing to the Children’s Museum

June 25, 2013

I ventured to the Children’s Museum last week.  That was me, with 4 kids, age 8 and younger, in downtown St. Paul, navigating the ramp NOT attached to the museum, running through the rain while pushing a stroller and trying to hold my 3 year old’s hand. I was reminded anew what fun water… and […]

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Released from the Mold

June 11, 2013

2 years ago we used this curriculum for Art and it was really enjoyable.  The kids artwork as a result was really impressive to me.  The strategy for teaching your child to draw with this curriculum is that they need to know how to draw 5 basic components and then they can draw anything.  So, […]

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