Hair Adventures

For years my girls have tried to convince me to let them braid my hair like they braid theirs. I flatly refused until a week ago on July 4th! I agreed to let my younger daughter (17) braid my bangs only. When she was done, I liked it enough to continue. My older daughter (18)…

The Little House Conundrum

Five decades ago I was a small child who would grow to love the books that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote and greatly enjoy the writings of Mark Twain. I admired them. I daydreamed about having similar experiences. I dreamed of writing similar books. Four decades ago, when I was a teen I was your typical…

Treasured Treasures

I thought y’all might be blessed by this. Several of my children were older child adoptions and we have no baby pictures of any sort. One of my daughters has a phenomenal talent for sketching (never had lessons) and it has really blossomed this year. As a matter of fact, she sketched what she felt…

Parenting Goals

These are a few things that are top priorities in my parenting goals. #1 – I want to teach my children to pray. So many people, even those who claim to be Christians, simply fail to pray. It should be our first recourse not our last resort. I want my children to feel comfortable enough…

Dangers of Criticism

Lots on my heart this morning and I’ve been contemplating how very easy it is to make judgement calls on other lives while sitting and doing nothing ourselves. Here is what I mean. HUSH. Please just hush. Do not be so bold as to express your opinion on matters that you have no first hand…

Who I was – Who I am – Who I will become

For more than two decades I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom, aka SAHM. I was not bored. I was not lazy. I was hardly ever even still. I fostered dozens of precious children. I stood before judges with my husband and adopted seven children who became the focus of my time and energy. I learned to crochet…

Patience with Impatience

Are you ever impatient? I’ve been known to be mighty impatient at times; impatient with myself, impatient with others, mighty impatient. Part of it has to do with my intense personality. Part of it has to do with my extraordinarily busy schedule. But, the greater part is a matter of heart and attitude. This morning…

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas…

It is about this time of year that I can almost surely hear the ticking of a proverbial clock. Tick tock tick tock. Are you ready? Tick tock tick tock. Have you forgotten anything? Tick tock tick tock? Time is fleeting. One week from tomorrow night is Christmas Eve and one more week will bring…

Hope Renewed

Unless you have experienced infertility, miscarriage, and the struggle of feeling your own body has betrayed you, you can’t fully comprehend the impact it has upon you. It is demoralizing, discouraging and can leave you feeling hopeless. Oh the prayers I prayed. Twenty-two years ago, a baby boy was born that would become the first…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 8

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m still blogging about the ABCs of Adoption. Today I’d like to share a bit about our oldest adopted child, Josiah. I’ve often said that he would be the perfect poster child for older-child adoption. He joined our family when he was eight years old and he has…