Tagged with family

The Value of Fun

The Value of Fun

This about captures what life has been feeling like most days. Topsy turvy.  Chaotic.  Silly.  And not so graceful. What matters most at the end of the day though…  We are having fun.  Despite the tantrums and tears.  The mess.  The discipline and hard lessons.  Despite the love-hate battles between brother and sister.  Despite feeling like some … Continue reading

Making a Family Bucket List

Making a Family Bucket List

Parenthood.  It has changed everything. Snot on my sweater goes unnoticed.  Hobbies gather dust in the closet.  Kissing away the boo-boos and wiping away tears become daily ritual.  Screams, laughter, tantrums, and toys crashing to the floor become the household white noise.  All my Facebook status updates are about my kids. Some people manage to continue their … Continue reading

Teaching Kindness:  Every Heart is a Treasure

Teaching Kindness: Every Heart is a Treasure

Valentine’s Day is not a big deal in our family.  I don’t expect anything special from Smartypants.  A simple and sincere “I love you” suffices to warm my heart, but this should be every day anyways. When it comes to celebrations of love,  consistency and integrity speaks more to me than anything that can be bought or packaged.  … Continue reading

The Blessing of Thanksgiving Sans Turkey

Holidays are a funny thing.  Part commercialization, part ideals, personalized by our own cultural backgrounds and expectations.  Throw in multiple family members and the stress of cooking, it’s amazing there aren’t more stories out there of Thanksgiving gone wrong. It’s never too late.  I’ll offer up my Thanksgiving as an example of the unexpected. My … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I love traditions, but I don’t really have any. Now, with a little family of my own, I hope to start some.  Although life cycles through frequent changes and stages, family traditions can serve as sweet reminders of love’s constancy through time and across generations. So I’m starting with Thanksgiving.  I’ve asked friends for ideas.  I’ve searched … Continue reading

Cocoon

Cocoon

A while ago, I had found two caterpillars nibbling on my bell pepper plants.  They were tobacco hornworms, to be specific.  We put them in a large jar so the kids could watch them munch and grow.  Our first pets.  We named them Eenie and Meenie. Two things I learned immediately about caterpillars: 1. They … Continue reading

Jet Lag With Kids

Jet Lag With Kids

Last week, we took both kids to Taiwan so they could meet their great grandma for the first time.  An exhausting trip, but a precious time.  I spent the weeks prior to the trip fretting and planning ways to keep us sane on a 14 hour flight with two squirmy toddlers.  I had assumed that the flight … Continue reading

How Do You Do it?

I am exhausted.  Perpetually, flat out exhausted. When I look around at all the people I know with multiple children, health issues, financial hardship, demanding jobs, single parenthood, or other challenges, I am always plagued by this one question:  How do they do it? Because I am a mess. There, I said it.  I am a mess.  … Continue reading