The Sock Jail

Encore Week continues! My kids favorite post.... they think the existence of the sock jail is hilarious and somewhat embarrassing.... But hey it's practical and I reassure them that "everyone" has one. In our house we lose socks, but not in pairs. We only lose one sock from each pair at a time. I’ve given…

Paper, Plastic or Jesus?

It's Encore Week! In looking back over this blog, I decided I wanted to highlight the top posts...the posts with the most views and comments. This one was the most popular and it's also one of my favorite stories. Enjoy... Standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, my son had attracted an audience. Proudly I…

Paper, Plastic or Jesus?

It's Encore Week! In looking back over this blog, I decided I wanted to highlight the top posts...the posts with the most views and comments. This one was the most popular and it's also one of my favorite stories. Enjoy... Standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, my son had attracted an audience. Proudly I…

Cotillion, Cold Meds & a Goat

Riding to school with three of our four children was always eventful and this particular morning was no different. Our teenage daughter was explaining her difficulties with waking up due to the large doses of cold medicine she received from her father the night before. “You know your father should not dish out the cold…

Don’t Take No for an Answer….

When my son gets an idea in his head, you can forget changing his mind. I’ve always admired his persistence even though there are times I’m certain steam rolled from my ears as he just won't take "No" for an answer. The goal of his insistence on one particular occasion was a book he wanted…

A Tomato Made Me Cry

For the past six months, our home has been very different. When I accepted a severance plan from my employer in September 2011, I also accepted a different daily routine for our family. Our life slowed down and the focus was no longer on a fast or convenient solution to whatever problems the day presented but…

The Great Green Goo is No More!

You know those times when your house is eerily quiet and you sense someone somewhere is up to no good? Well I had one of those occasions 8 years ago and I have the green goo stain in the carpet to prove it. One Sunday afternoon we were all enjoying a relaxing  respite from the…