Somehow, in the past year, I have lost my sense of joy.  Maybe I’ve suffered from postpartum depression, maybe I’ve just been spread too thin, but I have definitely lost the pleasure I used to take in my ordinary life, in my extraordinary family.  The little trials of the day that used to be amusing […]

The Buddy System

Have you ever read My Antonia, by Willa Cather?  Willa Cather is not for everyone.  Her stories are slow, quiet, almost without plot, really.  She writes about the ordinary, the mundane, but you do walk away from her novels with a deep and abiding love for her characters.  Perhaps that’s because we grow to know […]

Fixing the Henry Problem

Months ago, my sister sent me a copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, because Henry and sleep aren’t the best of friends, and she thought it might help.  I was reading through it again the other night, and before the author starts offering solutions, she asks: Do you actually have a problem?  Or have other […]

Kid Quote

Evie, crying as if she’s just been denied her heart’s desire: “But I want turn off the sunshine! Why won’t you let me turn off the sunshine?” And that’s the sort of thing you have to deal with when naps are missed.

American Girl: A Dream Come True

It’s just about three hours from here to Nashville.  It’s an easy drive, straight down 65, which gets a little convoluted in the heart of the destination city, but it’s not too bad.  Just long.  Nashville is the country music capitol of the world, but we were headed there for a different reason: Nashville is […]

Meatless Fridays

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to finally get us into the routine of meatless Fridays.  If you aren’t Catholic, it’s a devotion of sorts, a small deprivation performed for the sake of doing penance for our sins and those of others.  It’s really small.  It’s pretty easy.  But we couldn’t maintain it at […]

Paper Chase

I print lots of stuff off the internet.  You too?  Lesson ideas, recipes, instructions… and then what to do with it all?  Often, I stack it up somewhere on or near my desk, planning to organize it at some later date.  Eventually, I get frustrated with the clutter and unorganized papers and toss everything.  Whatever […]

The Henry Problem

As you may remember, I’ve been having some trouble with Henry and his sleep patterns, or lack thereof.  So how about a little relevant story? Last week, I wanted to try some beer in a soup.  You see, it was Ash Wednesday, and I couldn’t use meat broth in my soup, and I had this […]