10 Secrets to Surviving the Long Haul of Homeschooling
It’s the first week of February. The leftover frozen Christmas cookies have been consumed, the unwanted gifts have (finally!) been exchanged, that protracted euphoric sense of holiday freedom lingering through December and January has ended, and all your excuses...Read more
Mommies, when you can’t see beyond the mess…Let ME be your eyes.
After 34 years of parenting, I’ve put on a lot of miles in my journey as a mom. I’m now one of those people you young parents scratch your head and ponder…an empty nester. Yes, I’ve crossed to that mysterious...Read more
When the Test Comes
I opened my Merriam-Webster Dictionary app and the word of the day, CRUCIBLE, flashed at me in psychedelic neon. (I made that last part up.) OK, it may well be in black and white print, but the effect on my...Read more
Is FEVER phobia a part of YOUR Mom life?
A guest post by Heather Michelle* F E V E R That dirty little 5-letter word indicating our normal 98.6ish body temp is climbing, spikes our anxiety level as well. Particularly mothers of young children sense fear’s grip as they...Read more
It’s a Merry Mira Italian Christmas!
What's on YOUR family's dinner table this holiday week?? I'd LOVE to know! Leave a comment and dish on your menu... By September, my crew is already reminding me of the essential components of the Mira Christmas feast. Seriously! We...Read more
Everyone’s Christmas is Broken…
Stuck in traffic yesterday, I found myself pondering the visual of a Norman Rockwell Christmas; snowflakes falling, twinkle lights glowing, gleeful children, stockings hung, all to the crooning of Bing Crosby on the phonograph. As the scene played out in...Read more
My Thanksgiving Dinner Plan (pretty much)!
We hosted dinner guests from India tonight. Jordan and Nicole. Missionaries' kids who met and married in India and are relocating to New Zealand. Early 20s and so precious. Jordan is a gifted musician/artist and Nicole is a photographer. It's so...Read more
The Beautiful Life of a Cage-free Organic Kid
How do I describe the emotion I feel when I look at this picture? An innocent little angel girl living in the cocoon of her parents love and protection, being home educated, stimulated by everything that is good…engaged in social...Read more
The Stock Market is Soaring! Here’s Where to Realize Your Greatest ROI
The U.S. stock market is experiencing remarkable highs, increasing individuals’ 401Ks 50, 60 and even 70%. Living here in the Seattle area where Bill Gates and Paul Allen began their little startup called Microsoft, I often hear folks wistfully reflect,...Read more
When a Little Bit of Heaven Came Down to Earth
Four years ago today, in the early hours of this July summer morning, hubby and I quietly and somewhat soberly drove the long trek to the Medical Center in Seattle where our son and dear daughter-in-law were preparing for an...Read more