My Mom’s Italian Meatballs

Although both of my parents could cook, my mother is the one who taught me how.  She never really cared for cooking, I think, and she was happy to train us children up to take over dinner duty now and again for her.  (Can’t blame her, there!) She taught me how to read recipes and […]

Dollars and Sense

An old post resurrected. I don’t think I ever quite finished the tale of our money woes. No matter; I’ll get to that later. It ended happily enough and it doesn’t matter to this post except to provide a little background as to why we feel the way we do about kids and allowance. You […]

Evie is Three

Evie is three, and three is a difficult age for my babies.  Three is the year they have to learn that other people have needs and desires, too, and that they can’t always do what they please or have what they want right when they want to do it or have it, or sometimes at […]

A First Holy Communion

Today, Mr. Thomas received Holy Communion for the very first time!  I think his shy little self was a little nervous, but he’s happy, of course.  Father Christian is a visiting priest just for today.  He’s a Benedictine monk out of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey, and so he doesn’t do a whole lot of First Communions.  […]

On Men in The Lady’s Room

I try not to weigh in too much on political issues here.  There’s enough division and finger-pointing in this world without me adding to the noise.  I like to focus on more meaningful things, like how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie or do-it-yourself art cards.  But I have to break my silence now […]

My Work Here Is Done

I moved Henry upstairs on Sunday night.  He woke up just as often as usual, and returned to sleep again as usual, which is to say, he went back down easily the first time, but we were both up and sad at 4am.  He was a bear on Monday morning.  He was picking on poor […]

Reading and the Homeschool

Reader Question: I have a daughter that is Tommy’s age and was wondering what kind of books he was reading either on his own or reading to you? Also does he like to read quietly on his own?  Our 8 year old is our oldest and for some reason reading is MY most challenging subject. […]