I was hired for a job a few weeks ago and had my first official shift last week. The job involves taking care of a sweet elderly woman in her home. For the first few days, I loved it. The two-hour break from my own life was refreshing and I came home feeling energized and... Continue Reading →
We are officially a one-car family now. I've been wanting to do it for a while, in order to simplify our lives and cut costs so we can live more comfortably on our income. I am free to bring Alan to work in the morning any day I'd like, as long as I pick him... Continue Reading →
I believe in kindness. I really do. I try to choose kindness whenever I have a choice... But I often fail. I am human. Tonight I was a mean parent. Anna would not take a nap today although she was obviously tired. I yelled out of frustration and anger and begged God to give me... Continue Reading →
Mean parents make mean kids. Mean kids turn into mean adults. Mean adults marry other mean adults and make more mean children. The cycle continues and multiplies for generations. That is, unless one of those children is a seed. Even without space and nourishment, a seedling will sprout. She will be stepped on, blown over,... Continue Reading →
Anna wearing her favorite "dress" over her jammies, Mia still wearing her painted-on eyebrows, reading side by side in perfect harmony. Love.
Today started with a freshly stocked AND cleaned fridge (happens about twice yearly)... and while I was at it, thought I'd better clean out those cupboards, too... To everyone's excitement, this was right outside our front window: Daddy's special Saturday morning breakfast, complete with eggnog, bacon, and chocolate pasty, not to mention CHRISTMAS MUSIC (courtesy... Continue Reading →
She proudly wore it all day, even to an appointment and some errands. She didn't care that her eyebrows looked painted-on. She loved them.
Actually, she *demanded* an egg while I was cooking breakfast...and as I often do, I caved and gave in to her demand. It seemed of utmost importance that she have that egg, and that she have it right now. Who am I to stand in her way? It is only an egg, right? I... Continue Reading →
Our day was filled with trick-or-treating at grandma and grandpa's and in our own neighborhood, pumpkin carving, costume wearing, candy eating, and Anna pushing her baby in the stroller everywhere we went. Mia chose their costumes months ago. I love that she has been a black cat for two years in a row, and... Continue Reading →
Right now, I am drinking hot cocoa made with coconut milk topped with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon, while eating a bowl of popcorn. Mia is at Adam's house, Anna is sleeping. I am blissfully alone, the house is quiet. It is both eerie and wonderful, and I am holding my breath because I know... Continue Reading →