Friday, August 25, 2017


Millie (4): I'm a helper. When I see someone who needs help, I help them. That's the special gift God gave me. I'm a helper. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Magnificent View from my Kitchen Window

June 19, 2016

Max: Xander, Can I put your head underwater for just a second? It will feel like you are an ocean explorer!

Xander: No! It will feel like bath-tizing!

Friday, May 26, 2017


Millie: why are we at JBU?
Me: we are picking up your Dad. 
Millie: Which Dad?
Me: Your Dad
Millie: We are picking up my stepdad?
Me: Ummm, you don't have a stepdad. 
Millie: Oh, yeah. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Baby Birds

We've been watching a robin's nest and four eggs for the last couple weeks. To the children's great delight, two of the baby birds hatched last night. When we came home from running some errands this afternoon, we were sad to see that one of the baby birds had died. Millie melted my heart when she looked up at me with deep eyes and said, "This is so sad. We lubbed those baby birds with all our hearts." Precious girl. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Millie (3): When I grow up, how will I find my husband? Maybe I can pray to God and ask Him to give me a husband. I will ask him for a husband with a big tummy. Because Dads with big tummies protect their families. 

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Self Control

Family conversation in our van today:

(Undisclosed child yells something unkind.)

Me: (child's name), Remember, Self Control means that you think before you act, and you make the right choice. 

5-year-old: Think BEFORE you act? No, you ACT before you think. That just makes more sense. 

Lucas looks at me and mouths: "We're screwed."


Monday, January 30, 2017

You say tomaeto, I say tomahto

Maggie: Star Wars is the most popular science fiction movie in the world. 

Max: Maggie, it's not science fiction. It's *space opera.*

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Deep Thoughts

January 24, 2014

Maggie (6): "Mom! WHAT IF chickens ate chicken. You know, like a chicken eating a chicken leg? I think that could be a sign of respect... For a chicken. "