Menu Plan Monday

Another week, another menu plan Monday.  But we can feel encouraged, because IT IS MARCH!!!  THE MONTH SPRING BEGINS! (can you tell I’m excited about that?) Here’s the plan: Monday: make your own pizzas (I make the dough, everyone puts their toppings on their individual pizzas) Tuesday: French’s Crunchy Onion Chicken (I made this recently and […]


Today, I am introducing you to a new toy I just got, thanks to an early birthday/Christmas gift from my mom: It’s called a Cricut “Create”  (pronounced “cricket”), and it’s very neat.  Basically, it’s a machine that has a little automated blade that cuts letters and shapes (seen up and to the left in the […]

Treasure Your Children’s Artwork

I love kids’ artwork.  It’s probably no accident that one of my favorite children’s illustrators is Tomie dePaola, whose creations have a primitive, childlike look.  My own three girls have produced artistic creations galore, as I’m sure most children have.  Most, obviously, cannot be kept long-term. How can you treasure your children’s artwork? I wanted […]

That 9/11 Feeling

Recently, I’ve felt out of sorts.  Kind of gloomy, in a vague, can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it kind of way.  The other day it struck me:  kind of like September 11. I’m stuck with that 9/11 feeling. Remember that day?  I sure do.  I was at the first MOPS meeting of the year, and had dropped my kids off […]

In Gratitude for Today

sharing this essay by Anna Quindlen … In Gratitude for Today If not for the photographs, I might have a hard time believing they ever existed.  The pensive infant with the swipe of dark bangs and the black button eyes of a Raggedy Andy doll.  The placid baby with the yellow ringlets and the high […]

The King of Instruments

As you “long time” readers know, much of modern church music is like fruit for dessert to me:  nice try, but it’s just not working. So, it’s with great pleasure that once a month I am able to depart from that scene and look at this one instead: Yes, my friends, one Sunday each month […]