I Used to be a Book Snob

I Used to be a Book Snob

There. I’ve said it. I used to be a book snob. I used to think if a book wasn’t a “classic,” it wasn’t worth my time. I can divide my Book Snobbery career into Pre-Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment. I know exactly how and when my...
Babysitting vs. Parenting

Babysitting vs. Parenting

Babysitters can be defined as short-term caretakers who are typically hired to watch children for a set period of time. Parents can be defined as those who teach their children morals and values. They set limits and are consistent in their discipline. They are kind...
What Does it Take to be a Good Big Sister?

What Does it Take to be a Good Big Sister?

You are the big sister, the one that your little brother looks up to. It’s a big responsibility. What will you teach him, through your behavior and your words? Will you teach him to be humble and kind? Will you teach him to be generous and loving? To be a helper...
An Empty Nest … literally

An Empty Nest … literally

A few weeks ago, I noticed that a bird had created a nest in an artificial tree on our porch, within 2′ of our front door. Every time we went out the front door, the mama bird would fly away. She would sit on the porch railing and chirp until we were far enough...
A Mother’s Instinct

A Mother’s Instinct

Last Saturday, our son and daughter-in-law (Brian and Melissa) welcomed Asher, their 3rd child, into their family. I was staying at their house, awaiting Asher’s birth, as I was going to be the caretaker of their other 2 children, Owen and Ella, while Asher was...
Waiting for Asher

Waiting for Asher

Our son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, are expecting their 3rd child, whom they have named Asher. Although Melissa’s official due date is April 18th, on Monday, the 12th, Melissa’s doctor examined Melissa and predicted that Asher would arrive that...
What do You do with Your Great Ideas?

What do You do with Your Great Ideas?

Have you had a great idea for a product that wasn’t on the market,? Did you later see that product on a store shelf, having been manufactured by someone else? This is my story. I have been creating paper scrapbooks since I was 11 years old. I used a 3-hole punch...
Cooking Isn’t My Thing

Cooking Isn’t My Thing

After I was married, I confided to my Mom that I didn’t really like to cook. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like coming up with a weekly menu or going to the grocery store, although that was part of it. But the main thing was I just didn’t...
Family Tradition

Family Tradition

There are all kinds of family traditions. We might have the same meal on a particular holiday, or visit family members on another. We can choose to always stay home on a certain holiday, or always go out! In our family, one of the traditions we had when our children...
DIY Shelving

DIY Shelving

My office is small. It is 12.5 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. The width has always been a problem when it comes to furnishing my office with what I need. I’ve had several cabinets on the wall behind me, but they weren’t suiting my purposes any longer. I...
Say YES to the Best

Say YES to the Best

Our granddaughter, Ella, is 5 years old. She and her brother, Owen, spent 4 days with us recently. One of Ella’s favorite things to do is paint rocks. Fortunately, we have plenty here; so Ella can just step out into the yard, select the rocks she feels are...