Spring Isn’t Cancelled

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 4 comments

East Wilkes Girls Soccer season — cancelled Spring Cal Ripkin baseball season — cancelled Scout meetings — cancelled Envirothon — cancelled Youth Group — cancelled June vacation — cancelled — postponed to June 2021 What’s not cancelled?Spring. I don’t think of my family as one that’s “over scheduled.” But our March/April/May calendar was definitely a busy one. It was full of things we were looking...

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Making Room for More Books

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Books, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Last week I cleaned up my office. The uninitiated might walk into that room today and still say it looks like a mess. But if you had seen it two days ago, you’d know I made a dent in the piles of work/books/papers that stack up and accumulate over time. One of the biggest jobs in cleaning my office is working on my bookshelf. When I got married, I had one bookshelf. It got full, and Bill bought two more. Now those are full, and over time, books...

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What Made Me Journal: The Dialogue Journal

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Family, Parenting, Writing | 2 comments

This year, Carter came home at the first of the year with a journal. As a writer, I was very excited that he would be encouraged to write more through the year. It seems like after the intense focus on reading in third grade, they’re expanding a little in fourth grade to include writing as well. It’s such an important skill, no matter what career you end up pursuing. I have to admit though, my excitement waned dramatically when I read the note...

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My Juggling Act: Letting a Few Balls Drop

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Parenting, work-at-home | 5 comments

Parenting is a juggling act. Deciding which activities to prioritize, which arguments to intervene and which to let play out, and figuring out which parent will get the kids to which activity are just a few of the things that are going on at all times. Freelancing is also a juggling act. The days of a freelancer are spent doing research and working on projects with strict deadlines, while also trying to stay on top of new trends in the...

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Grow a Garden with Your Kids (and watch them eat salad!)

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Family, Gardening, Parenting | 2 comments

We’ve all seen the research and the articles touting the fact that kids will eat more vegetables if they take part in growing them. I’m here to tell you, what these experts say is true. I admit, I had been somewhat skeptical. After years of saying to myself that it was the parents who caused picky eaters by allowing their children to eat only macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, I learned my lesson the hard way. Not with Caroline. She ate...

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in cooking/recipes, Family, Friends, Parenting, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Why should sugar cookies only be made at Christmas? Sure, these melt-in-your mouth delights are associated with the holiday season, probably in part due to their colorful sprinkles or icing. But when I was a kid, we had sugar cookies for all sorts of seasons and holidays. Shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, leaves in the fall, bunnies at Easter, not to mention the host of fun cookie cutter shapes that weren’t holiday related that my mom would use...

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