Tag: growing kids

Christmas Past: The One Where God Used His Powers

Christmas Past: The One Where God Used His Powers

Maybe it’s the fact that our second kid in as many weeks is down with a nasty stomach bug.  Or maybe it’s that in 10 short days, we’ll be celebrating Christmas with my parents, siblings, sibs-in-law, nieces and nephews.  Actually, I guess you could say […]

The Four People Who Live at My House that I’ve Never Met

The Four People Who Live at My House that I’ve Never Met

The longer that I am a parent, the more I am convinced that there are people – children specifically – who live in my house that I’ve never even met before. No, it’s not because of the endless supply of laundry that seems to come […]

Words.  What Can Our Kids Control?

Words. What Can Our Kids Control?

Picture this scenario.  Kid A teases Kid B in an off the cuff, flippant manner.  Kid B, who has been having a hard day to start with, bites Kid A’s head off.  For reasons Kid A can’t even begin to understand, what started as joke […]

Don’t Limit Your Dreams, Kiddo.

Don’t Limit Your Dreams, Kiddo.

Hey there, my oldest.  My firstborn.  How is it possible that you are a senior in high school already?  Is it super cliche of me to ask where the time has gone?  Probably.  That’s OK, though, because I’m going to ask myself that very question […]

Back to School with Grandmother’s Heath Brownies

Back to School with Grandmother’s Heath Brownies

Happy Back to School season, everybody!!  And to those of you in my school district, happy first day of school!  To celebrate this momentous occasion, I made my Grandmother’s heath brownies and I can’t wait to share them with you. Before we do that, though, […]

I think I’m having a midlife confusion.

I think I’m having a midlife confusion.

Hi.  I’m Beth.  I’m 42 years old and I am not having a midlife crisis.  A midlife confusion, though?  Yeah, that sounds about right. See, I’m in this really weird stage of life right now and, frankly, it has confused the hell out of me.  […]

Pass the Remote. I’d like to Pause My Life.

Pass the Remote. I’d like to Pause My Life.

I remember learning how to use the VCR remote when I was a kid.  It was amazing how much control that little device gave me!  If I was scared, I could fast forward.  When there was a part of the movie that I loved or […]

Summer in the Kitchen: NO COOK Dinners!

Summer in the Kitchen: NO COOK Dinners!

Raise your hand if you don’t want to cook dinner!!  (All around the world, readers raise their hands.)  OK, hold up.  I didn’t say you didn’t have to prepare dinner.  I just said you didn’t have to cook it.  Notice the difference?  And what an […]

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Middle School Parent

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Middle School Parent

The current school year is coming to a close, friends, and a new one will be beginning soon.  With new school years come new adventures, new grade levels, even new schools for some!  This will certainly be true for our family as our second son […]

5 Top Tips for Keeping Kid Contamination Contained

5 Top Tips for Keeping Kid Contamination Contained

I would say that, in general, our family is very healthy.  And thank the good Lord for it!  But, sure enough, every year when March rolls around, one of the kids will inevitably get sick.  And in a family of six people, that could very […]