If there’s an upside to having a sick family, it’s being forced to clean house. Walls have been wiped, bedding stripped, pillows washed and furniture disinfected. My sick family gave me reason to start spring cleaning. I actually don’t mind cleaning, so purposefully setting time aside for spring cleaning fits my personality. I find the act of taking care of what’s mine to be rewarding. Cleaning out closets and drawers gives me a natural high. Getting rid of clutter helps... [Read More]Read more
I’m never quite sure how to answer the question, “What do you do for a living?” My short answer: I raise people, but motherhood is not my job.
This post has been mulling in my brain all week. Social media has exploded, again, with painting being a mom as the hardest job in existence. My problem comes down to the word “job.” Parenting is a lifestyle. Mama is who I will forever be. It isn’t a hat I can, or would, choose to take off for some other line of work. Mother is who I am, not what I do.
I was chosen to raise these four babes of mine. I’m grateful each day for the responsibility and blessings this lifestyle has given me. My family has had deeper valleys than I could have imagined, but there is no other way I would choose to live this one life of mine. I have the privilege of leading a life closely entwined with five other people. They are not my coworkers or associates. They are the lights in my life.
I don’t see what I do as work and would never claim it as my job, no matter how many times Facebook begs me to type something in that box for where I work. The world of parenting is not a contest to see who can be the busiest, or who has the child with the most awards, or who gets the least amount of sleep. Parenting is a way for me to travel through this life of mine. It’s an opportunity not allotted to everyone, and that is not lost on me.
I’ll cook the meals, clean the house, wash the clothes, drive from here to there, and play with my children, not because it’s my job but because it is who I am.
Nothing ruins a perfectly good day quite like vomit. I arrived at school yesterday to pickup my boys and attend a PTO meeting. I asked the simple question, “How was your day?” and was met with a torrent of tears from my 3rd grader. I sent the other kids to the meeting room and tracked down one of the 3rd grade teachers to get help in deciphering J’s blubbering. It wasn’t the end of the world as the tears alluded... [Read More]Read more
April rolls around and I start summer travel planning. Three months is never enough time for me to see everything I want to. I’m continually adding onto a mental list of summer travel destinations. The USA has such a variety of locations for families to visit that I feel like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. There are so few days to work with. We’ve never flown with our children. The price of flying and renting a vehicle has... [Read More]Read more
Tie dye is one of my favorite crafts to do with kids. We’ve dyed socks, t-shirts and twin sheets. I currently have a sack of dyed clothing ready to wash and dry. Our county’s first graders will converge on the public library in a few weeks to celebrate Wyoming Reads. Each first grader will be given a new, hardcover children’s book at the early literacy event. Each year the first grade classes at my boys’ elementary school tie dye shirts... [Read More]Read more
I’m an avid reader, raising a brood of book lovers. Each month I’ll share what we’re all reading and would love to hear what books you recommend. Me: Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story — Craig Johnson A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel — Louise Penny The Scorch Trials — James Dashner Legend — Marie Lu Husband: A Clash of Kings (second novel, A Song of Ice and Fire series) — George R. R. Martin 11-year-old son:... [Read More]Read more
I wanted to change the shadow boxes hanging in my kitchen from cookie cutters to a specimen art piece for months. I stared at the four frames hoping for inspiration but came up with nothing. Enter the Internet, specifically Pinterest. Young House Love posted about a Christmas present Sherry created for John of copies of Boy Scout merit badges hung as specimen art in a frame. The badges were chosen by Sherry because they remind her of John. I’m a... [Read More]Read more
Guilt consumes me when dealing with a packed schedule and a never-ending to-do list. I feel like no one is getting my best and nothing is actually being completed with any degree of satisfaction. I would love to crawl under the covers and not come out on most days. It turns out the best way to combat those feels is to do nothing. Each spring one of my book clubs schedules a weekend away from home, spouses, work and children.... [Read More]Read more
Last week we received a letter from Nielson, the marketing research firm that tracks (among other things) when and what people watch on TV, wanting us to be panelists. My husband and I chuckled. Our daily TV watching consists of late night TV, and we don’t even have cable. We receive four channels…four. Today a sweet woman from Nielson called wanting to know if we received the letter. I confirmed we had and explained to her why we might not... [Read More]Read more
We’ve visited 22 national parks, all west of the Mississippi River. Our bucket list includes seeing all the national parks in the lower 48 states. The National Park Service sells National Park passport books, small blue spiral books broken down by regions. Each region has listed places run by the National Park Service, not just parks, but monuments, memorials, refuges, and historic parks. At visitor centers, tourists can stamp their passport with the name, location and date of the place... [Read More]Read more