Field Trip: Jazz Music

Brenna sent me a flyer yesterday for the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet.  They were performing at the community college, and, since Henry really enjoys jazz, we decided to head over there on our lunch break and check it out.  What fun it was!  The performance focused on sharing different styles of jazz music, and educating […]

A Sneaky Trick to Get The House Cleaner

For Christmas, I bought Evie and Henry this set of child sized cleaning tools.  They love them!  Henry, especially, spends a fair amount of time sweeping things into his dustpan and carrying them to the trash.  But there’s only so much you can do with a broom.  Many, many moons ago, when my big kids […]


Meg is a favorite around here, sweet and innocent, fun-loving and interested, smart and open-minded. We were pretty stressed when she decided to grow up and get herself a driver’s license and a job. We know what kind of people are out there, and we really did not want her sweet self to be exposed […]

One Day At A Time

I posted my 33rd photograph this morning.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this far with a 365 project.  The difference is that I usually look at the totality of it, thinking of it more like a (very big) countdown.  This time, I am just taking one more photo today.  Tomorrow is irrelevant; only today […]

Art Day: Clay Figures

One: I love making art with the children. Two: It’s not as hard or as messy as you might think! Today, we used Crayola Air Dry Clay, and the “assignment” was to make a figure of any kind, as long as it had at least two legs that it could stand on.  No monopeds!  It […]

On Concrete Giving

When it comes to money, we do a lot of little things that are actually a detriment to teaching our children about spending, saving, and giving.  We go to the store and swipe a little plastic card.  Maybe it’s a debit card, and there was cash to back it up, but maybe it’s a credit […]

You Are Beloved

When I was growing up, I thought my mother was beautiful.  She didn’t go out very often, but once in a while, she’d break out her makeup case and get all fancied up, and we’d sit in the bathroom doorway, my sisters and I, mesmerized, as she did her eyes.  It seemed so magical, our […]

Winter Weather

It’s hit or miss, here in Kentucky, whether we actually get a real winter or not.  Many years, the precipitation is mostly rain, the ground is always squashy and muddy, and the skies maintain a steady shade of gray.  Some years, it snows.  I like snow years best of all, because it’s probably colder, and […]