{p,h,f,r} Chickens and Walnuts and Things

{pretty} Chickens. My chickens. It’s been quite a few years since I tended any of the poultry. I turned that chore over to the children when we got into dairy cows, because the chickens are very low-maintenance. We’re down quite a few helpers this year, though, what with them growing up and doing crazy things […]

When Evie Cried Out In The Night

Evie still sleeps in my bedroom. Her crib is tucked into a quiet corner where she can see out our tiny window. For a long time, the crib was irrelevant, because she’d sleep nestled against me, anyway. I never was very diligent about teaching her to sleep on her own. She came to us after […]

Nature Therapy

Sometimes, cleaning therapy is not quite enough, and you need to get away. Not shopping. Oh, no. That doesn’t fill the heart or soothe the soul. But nature does. So I packed the children and our lunch off to our favorite park. It’s located between the Walmart and the entrance to Fort Knox, and it’s […]

Catch Up Day

Remember when I said the trick for me, for writing every day, was getting up early and just writing? Well, here I am, forty three years old, pregnant with our ninth child, suffering from (mild, thankfully) “morning” sickness all evening long, and sometimes all day… …and I’ve been sleeping in. Till 5:30, almost every day, […]

On Parenting Teens

A question from Anne: “It’s funny that you opened it up for writing suggestions because I was just thinking yesterday, “I’m going to ask Jennie to write about talking with teens.” I know you’ve certainly mentioned it before, and it seems like one of the most important duties parents nowadays have: addressing all the real-world […]