Tag: parenting

palm trees

Diamond in the Rough

Disney and Hallmark are ruining our children. They peddle a point of view that romance is love. Romance is often theatrics and show-boating, not necessarily love. One of my daughters is a bit of a romantic. I was confused when I first heard her questions about how my […]

vines

Clinging Vine

Clinging vines have been on my mind the past few weeks. My husband’s business trips have been steadily increasing to the point that he has been gone almost full-time for six weeks. He wants to be home, but duty calls and it’s hard to say “no.” After all, […]

red calf

Is THAT my Teacher?

There is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. When I was ready to move into a new phase in my life, but I wasn’t sure which direction to go, I wondered where my teacher was. Not long after, I answered an ad for […]

dog, beer paws

Aliana’s Love Story

It’s easy to talk about love, and it’s another thing to live it. Many times, love doesn’t look all that fun and smells strongly of responsibility, dependability, and a loss of freedom. I have four wonderful children, and my love for them often looks that way, and I […]

Silky Terrier, dog with books

Putting Away Childish Things

I have four wonderful and independent children. They are intelligent and know how to make up their own minds. They are growing up, and it hurt in an unexpected way today. I guess I should explain that I have loved books ever since I could hold them. My […]

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Struggling with the Holidays

I’m not a big fan of Christmas. It has sometimes been lonely, always a financial burden, and occasionally emotionally hurtful. The best Christmas of my life was in 1997, as I anticipated the birth of my third daughter. It is now the yardstick by which all other Christmases […]