The Needing Spot
Sometimes we think we couldn’t possibly be good parents because we make mistakes. Or because so much of the time, it’s just so hard.
Sometimes I yell. I feel like I’m losing my mind-and my temper.
I have no idea what to do for Sam.
I never say the right thing.
Family night blew up.
I’m not cut out for this. My house is a wreck.
We fight. The kids fight. Quarantine has been one big ginormous fight.
I’m not sure where or how I fit as my kids become adults.
Clark won’t eat anything besides macaroni and Gushers.
I try every day. And I mess up. Every day.
From the mouths of moms, these are things I have heard-and quite recently at that.
You’ve heard them too.
Your girlfriends have said these things and you’ve jumped right in with something like this, “Did you see how you handled that name-calling episode? Top notch. Or how you calmed that scraped up toddler or angsty teenager with your touch and that big mama heart of yours? Well, I saw it. I see you. Take note, sister. You are remarkable.”… Read More »
Thanksgiving Family Video
Five years and five family members ago, Kellie made this little jewel of a Thanksgiving video. It was pretty incredible to sit down and watch it again-and even more incredible to think about how our family (we’ve added two husbands and three grand-babies!) and lives have changed in those five years. I guess more than…
Thanksgiving can be a pretty busy day. Okay…it’s a really busy day. And after our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in the morning we are often scrambling to get the house smelling like heaven and getting all those yummy foods on the table. But a couple of years ago before any of us started digging in we saw…
Missionary Mail: Christmas Poem
Seven Christmases ago, I was missing a bubbly, blonde sister missionary in California. Her mission president’s wife asked each family to write a Christmas letter to their missionary. Thus, the Christmas Missionary Poem was born. This year I am missing a handsome, big-hearted Elder in Hungary. He too will receive a Christmas missionary letter with…
Missionary Mail: Christmas Tree
‘Twas the month of December when all through the mission, Elders and Sisters were baptism-wishin…. Yes, it’s almost December and time to trim the missionary tree. I knew my son wouldn’t go for baubles and bows, so I sent him a tiny simple tree with titles of Christ to hang from the branches. I found…
What You Need In Your Car This Winter
It was a sunny November morning years back when Trisha and I drove to a medical appointment an hour north of home. By mid afternoon we found ourselves in blizzard conditions with one water bottle and one granola bar. That’s it. Traffic had completely stopped. We couldn’t see anything beyond the hood of the car,…
Breakfast On The Go: Pumpkin Waffles & Breakfast Burritos
We are hot breakfast kind of people. Which has gotten a little tricky with Tim leaving for school around 5:30 in the morning (which should be totally illegal, by the way) a couple days a week. But it’s helped me find some fast, easy, and STILL HOT BREAKFAST options. What’s the secret? Freeze-able breakfast. I’m…
The Turkey Ticket
I was probably 15 years old the first time this long little paper showed up. I’m sure it was a Monday night, and I’m pretty sure I brought my 15-year-old attitude to the family room. Thirteen years later, I’m pleased to tell you I’ve grown up a little bit and that this long…
Missionary Mail: Thanksgiving in a Bag
My son LOVES food. His teenage life pretty much revolved around it. So, since he is serving a mission for our church in a place that doesn’t celebrate this scrumptious holiday, I had to send him some Thanksgiving food love – Turkey Dinner in a Bag! 2 Idahoan Mashed Potato packets (4 oz. each) 1…