Does parenting get harder than raising a 5-year-old girl?

parenting 5 year old girl

In June, I addressed my frustrations and emotions about raising a little 4-year-old girl in a post that I finally felt strong enough to publish 7 weeks later, 2 days before Little turned 5. I was brought back to that post last week, when reading a highly debated article at Yahoo! Parenting, Why 5 May […]

Praying for David

praying for david, prayers, loss

I’ve come back to an old post a lot in the past two weeks. In that post, I explored prayer, what it is, and how to do it. This post, from 2011, addresses how there are many ways to pray and that it’s okay to pray differently. I can’t recall what made me write the post […]

The toys of my youth… and the toys of today

toys i played with

Growing up, I had a problem. I loved playing board games. My mom? Notsomuch. I distinctly remember a conversation that went something along the lines of Me: Mom, we want to play The Game of Life. Will you play with us? Mom: No thanks. Me: But why??? You can play while you make dinner. Mom: […]

Four turns to Five


It’s here. It’s like the little hump that’s been a hop, a skip, and a jump away. Except, now, it’s a few skips with her hair flowing up and down behind her. Little is going to be 5 this week. F-I-V-E. Nope, I can’t believe it either. Yesterday, I texted a friend I have this unreal […]

Memories of Maine 2014


I have to tell you, there is nothing as sweet as a good vacation. You know how I love big, busy trips (hello! Disney and Universal both come to mind) but hiding away from it all in a lakeside cabin in Maine with intermittent reception just can’t be beat for true relaxation. A few highlights […]

Little League Baseball teaches team building and character strength


Ten, twenty, thirty years ago, I never would have expected to love little league baseball like I do. The team spirit and pride are tremendous. The community, incredible. Each Spring, we laugh at the Bad News Bears team Big lands on, and then we watch the team grow and learn and bond.   What an […]

What’s going on in the JV?

There it is. The question I’ve been working so hard to answer lately. I’ve been quiet on here, while life is running rapid. School’s ending… the extracurricular schedules are crazy and, to be honest, my 4 year old has been… difficult, at times. Plus, a kid in a cast, emotional sport seasons, freelance writing and projects […]

June Menu Plan (+ family update)

june meal plan family dinner recipes week month weekly

It’s hard to believe that this is my final month before completing the entire year of monthly meal plans. Yes, in July, I’ll republish the July 2013 meal plan as a 2014 plan. Of course, I’ll double check to make sure the links work and will edit and tweak as necessary for planning purposes. I […]