Standing in the express line at our local Kroger store, I found myself behind an elderly gentleman holding a large, vibrant arrangement of flowers. The line was long so I decided to interrupt his internal conversation and impose… Continue reading
What a wonderfully dreary, cold winters night, let’s do something that brings us joy and delight!
The Moderate family was enjoying a movie the other night. My tummy bubbled. (you know… when the air takes that sharp corner around the left side of one’s intestines)
Mercy is an essential part in handling words that are said to us or that we assume are said at us. Mercy: Compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish… Continue reading
Oldest wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Here is her gift to you (along with italicized, satirical commentary by yours truly)!
The year was 2009. The month was December. Moderate Daddy and I attended a Christmas party where a dear friend of mine told the following story. DEAR FRIEND: “My daughter brought home a paper… Continue reading
What if I told you that for under $5 you can make a gallon of healthy liquid hand soap? Would you skip? Would you jump? Would you say, “NO WAY!”? Our skin… Continue reading
A Day In The Life Of My Stretchy Pants (knock, knock, ding, dong) Oh my gosh, it’s twelve past three. A delivery is coming, that’s just my luck, probably something… Continue reading
The van door slid open, my daughters eyes were downcast… sad. “Hi Love. How was school?”
Halloween… the official kick off to the holiday season… it’s a neighborhood affair. Our front yard is the hosting ground for the hotdog cookout (slash) potluck (slash) dessert extravaganza. Our neighbors front yard is the… Continue reading
Most of us mamas had a crappy Sunday morning. And now the fear of what is to become of our children and our mental sanity during the next few weeks has set in. Unless… Continue reading
Moderate Daddy and I enjoyed a refreshing vacation to the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains for our 10 year anniversary (and I mean vacation… not “family time”… there were zero… Continue reading
Trophies for everyone! Participation ribbons for all!! Saying “that looks awesome” about a scribble picture!!! Affirmation (aka… praise) plays an important roll in the process of a human developing a healthy, well grounded sense… Continue reading
One result of having children of the opposite sex is that being around the opposite sex becomes normal everyday living. Boys are boys… girls are girls… no big deal.. nothing new here! My boys won’t think girls… Continue reading
Dear Future Daughter-In-Law, I hope tonight you are safely tucked into your bed. That your daddy read you a story… sang you a sweet song… told you “I love you” and kissed you… Continue reading
Saturday evening, the Moderate Family went to a local art festival that Moderate Pop Pop (my dad) was in. Great food, good music and wonderful art filled our night with memories, laughter and a… Continue reading
I feel like I just wrote a chapter in a book so might I suggest reading this in doses or getting a nice cup of coffee and settling in! Writing about things I… Continue reading
Is it a sign? Is it coincidence? I don’t know but what I do know is every action has a reaction. As for Sundays… we go to church… have a wonderful time of… Continue reading
$27,118… I’m quite certain that’s how much money the Moderate Family has wasted on well-intentioned, uneaten veggies!!! Right? Right!!
I shared in Part 1 that “good behavior” could be produced without love BUT “good character” could only be produced with love. For the first 3 years, Oldest and I were miserable… Continue reading