Separation Anxiety

When Evie was a baby, she’d stop breathing sometimes while she slept.  She’d never start up again on her own; I had to move her to make her take that next breath.  During the day, when she slept, she slept right next to me in a bassinet that I could roll easily around the house.  […]

DIY Art Cards

Artist studies.  Such a Charlotte Mason-y thing to do.  I’ve loved the idea of a Charlotte Mason style education for my children almost since the beginning.  (Alas, I didn’t meet her quite right away!)  Implementation, though?  I’m afraid it hasn’t been my strong suit. Did you ever look at that other art appreciation program called […]

{p,h,f,r} The Tidy Desk Edition

This is my desk. We picked it up at a yard sale a few years ago for $60. It came out of a local government office building, and while it’s quite unattractive, it is extremely sturdy. I have plans of maybe someday painting it, but that will require emptying it and not using it for […]

The Power of Handwriting

Have you seen this guy? His art and penmanship is amazing. I write all the time. Lists, notes, ideas, plans, memories, sometimes even just a single word – all written down and even doodled. Writing, to me, is such a vibrant and human thing to do. What will we lose by keeping all of our […]

Speed Queen vs. GE Hybrid

I haven’t been this happy about doing laundry in ages!  And, mind you, I’m not one complain about doing things I have to do anyway.  I figure that if you can’t get out of them, you might as well embrace them.  And yet, this morning, when one of my children came down and asked about […]

A Plug for Homemade Toothpaste

We’ve been using our version of homemade toothpaste for two or three years now, and the children have all been cavity-free since we made the switch.  After our last cleaning, David was the only one with a cavity, and he was also the only one still using store bought paste.  “Ready to give our homemade […]

Intention (Ash Wednesday)

Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.  But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for […]

On Keeping Lent

This Sunday, as we listened to the story of Christ’s call to some ordinary fishermen, we might have heard a homily about Christ’s personal call to each of us. He wants something from each one of us. A relationship with Him, certainly, but also for us to draw others into relationship with Him. Some, like […]

Paying Down the Mortgage

We got our annual mortgage interest statement in the mail the other day. I opened it in the driveway, on my way back from the mailbox. When I came through the door, I was waving that little piece of paper in the air. “Can you believe we paid $4000 in mortgage interest last year?” I […]