Upheaval & Washing Machines

Good Morning, Mama. Did you ever have a day that you’d carefully planned out one way, and before you’d barely begin, your plans were totally thrown into chaos and replaced by something else? We were unexpectedly gifted some items for our home yesterday (including a new to us washing machine to replace the one that’sContinue reading “Upheaval & Washing Machines”

Today is a Fresh Start

Today is January 4th—how are you doing on those goals and resolutions, Mama? I relish the “fresh start” of a new year each January 1st; actually, I am thankful for all fresh starts! My kids often repeat to each other what I’ve said to them since they were babies, “tomorrow morning is a brand newContinue reading “Today is a Fresh Start”

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

One of the most anticipated seasonal activities our family does around the holidays is graham cracker gingerbread houses. Each child (and adult!) gets: ◦ A large, sturdy Paper Plate to build on ◦ 1-2 sleeves of Graham Crackers ◦ A Tub of Vanilla Frosting ◦ An Assortment of Candy (usually M&Ms, Fruit Snacks, Twizzlers andContinue reading “Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses”

2021 Family Bucket List

It’s 2021! How did you celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next? To celebrate the new year, we ate a lot of yummy food (our family usually does “appetizers” for New Years Eve, and we eat all the delicious things I wouldn’t normally cook. We also worked on a “BucketContinue reading “2021 Family Bucket List”

The Gift of Waiting

It’s Advent, Mama. The time of year when we wait in hopeful anticipation for the coming of the Redeemer, the One who will save the world. It certainly seems like this year, more than any other year that I can remember, that our broken world desperately needs a Savior. I’m not one for waiting. IfContinue reading “The Gift of Waiting”

A Gift for the King

Hey Mama. Do you have “perfectly good” toys in your home that aren’t getting any love? This charming little dollhouse hasn’t been nearly as played with as we thought it would be. And so this afternoon, the kids had an absolutely wonderful time fixing it up, adding a few fun furniture pieces (because what isContinue reading “A Gift for the King”

Wash-It Wednesday

Snapped a quick pic yesterday during our “Wash It Wednesday” time together. Every Wednesday, one of the boys is responsible for washing, folding and putting away all the towels, washcloths and cloth napkins. While I wash all the family clothes, (I do a load a day each morning to stay on top of it) theyContinue reading “Wash-It Wednesday”

Cocoa Amidst the Chaos

It was a rough night, followed by a rough morning. Multiple clothing changes, multiple night time calls, and I was awake far earlier than I wanted to be, accompanied by a sidekick. By 7:00 am the day was already spinning out of control in ways I didn’t want. Have you had one of those daysContinue reading “Cocoa Amidst the Chaos”

Unit Blocks for Open-Ended Play

Good Afternoon, Mama. It’s been a rainy couple days here in the Northeast, and the kids have been playing more inside than out. Two of the toys that get the most play in our home are unit blocks and peg figures. We’ve had the unit blocks for years and years*, and my eldest son oftenContinue reading “Unit Blocks for Open-Ended Play”

Simple Traditions

Good Afternoon, Mama. One of the most beloved “traditions” in our home is our holiday books. We have a few books for each of the major holidays kept in a small tote in a closet, and we pull them out the week of the holiday. Traditions don’t have to be elaborate. Or expensive. Or evenContinue reading “Simple Traditions”