How Doing It Badly Still Counts

Our daughter Anna, who has Down syndrome, just turned one. Children with these designer genes tend to be delayed on their development- sometimes up to two or three years in motor skills. Because of this, Anna has received physical therapy since she was about 3 weeks old. This entails setting …

Stinky Blanket Interventions and the Ultimate Laundromat

  Those of you with small children know that getting a chance to wash their blankies/bears/taggies/etc is the mom equivalent to a bank heist in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven. It takes time, planning, patience, and not a small amount of cunning, and sometimes outright lying (“I don’t know where …

Like a Hand in a Glove- How to Avoid Being the Octopus

I had to put gloves on my boys today when I sent them outside.  Easier said than done… Because with 3 and 4 year olds, getting them into gloves is not exactly as easy as simply sliding their little fingers into the holes and sending them on their way. In …

ChristmasFail

Holidays are hard and wonderful all at the same time. The Christmas season is perhaps the pinnacle of possibilities for stress and (un-needed?) hustle and bustle. It’s amazing how God will use this time to knock us between the eyes sometimes. You know, those spiritual 2x4s I love to talk …

Hanging Up on Santa- #momfail Christmas Edition

I downloaded the Santa app this week (which on a side note is by FAR the most entertaining $1.99 I’ve spent in a very long time- best.app.ever!). You can program your kids name and ages, likes, and issues that might put them on the “naughty list” into it, give them …

Are You a Disobedient Helper?

My boys are the best disobedient helpers ever! They have mastered it completely. We put up Christmas at our house yesterday and my 4-year old was feverishly jumping between me and Gabe in an effort to “help”‘ us decorate. Our ‘Little Napoleon’, as you’ve heard me call him, has an …

What’s Your Defense? How to Get Off Death Row

  Did you know you’ve been convicted to death? Take a look around, you’re sitting smack dab in the middle of death row. Do I have your attention?   Our women’s Precepts study was last night, and like we always do, we end praying together. When the circle got around …

Why we can’t all just have a Ring-Pop?? The MOST important reason why we must stop this culture of “Everybody Wins”

I was teaching a <rather> competitive class of 4th thru 6th graders in our Wednesday night church program this last week when I was met head-on with the very real phenomenon of this current ‘everybody wins’ culture. We had been playing what amounted to an elementary version of The $10,000 …