Because I Said So

As a child and later as a teenager, I made some vows about what I was not going to do when I was a mom. One of those was the promise that when my children asked me “WHY?”  I would never, ever, ever say, “Because I said so.” Then I became a mom. These kids who made me a mom asked “Why?!” when they already knew why or at least had a pretty good idea. I … Read more

Sharing the Thanks

Tucked inside the folded newspaper with the pile of bills and junk mail in our  mailbox was a small 3 x 5 envelope. Addressed to Dave, I thought it was probably a note of appreciation.  He gets those sometimes from satisfied customers. Occasionally, we receive notes of thanks from folks with whom we’ve shared casseroles or homemade bread.  I wondered which customer was sending  him the note – and why.  I found out when he … Read more

Creamed Lima Beans

  This is one of those I-can-stretch-this-meal-a-little-further recipes.  I’ll concur that serving creamed vegetables adds more calories and carbohydrates.  I’ll also admit that it sure adds a comfort-food measure to the meal. This is also one of those there really isn’t a measurement recipe for this.   You just eye-ball your amounts and go for it – and test it along the way. Cook your lima beans (or peas, if you’d rather) until they are tender.  Be sure … Read more

A Sticker Applause!

  Sticker Charts are an easy and economical way to reward positive behavior and give an extra oomph when needed. When our kids were small, I used sticker charts for a variety of things: potty training (one sticker for #1, and two stickers for #2) piano practicing homework completed before bedtime bedrooms tidied before school attitude improvements When you’ve struggled and scolded, begged and badgered, cajoled and called, reprimanded and rehashed, a sticker chart can … Read more

The Paradox of Serving

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One of the most important lessons I learned about being great came at the end of a day of work, and it was taught by a co-worker who never called herself Christian. She had a handle on being a servant, and she modeled it. In doing so, she became great. It had been one of those days, and I couldn’t wait to sign off and go home so I could sit and prop up my … Read more