Why We Had a Half Dozen Kids (and Would Do It All Over Again)

How Many Kids = a Big Family? Some folks think we have a large family. Yet compared to the folks in my church and community when I was growing up, our family size is average or small. So who decides, anyhow? I have cousins who had a dozen or more kids. You know what? When those kids get together now, they have the most fun remembering their childhood. When they have family meetings to plan … Read more

Made From Scratch Biscuits

From a Yankee to a Southerner I was born a Yankee, and where I come from, bread is more of a specialty than biscuits. Then I married a Yankee-became-southern-after-a-move man and we raised our kids in southern Virginia – where hand-squished biscuits are often served all three meals of the day.  Only problem was, I didn’t know a think about making this kind of biscuits.  If I can learn, so can you! Where I got … Read more

How Getting a Handle on Gossip is Like Crossing The Street

Gossip is like squeezed-out toothpaste. It’s easy to squeeze it out, but impossible to put it back in. To illustrate this point in a children’s class, I borrowed a $20.00 bill from another adult (where everyone could see) and then showed the kids a brand new tube of toothpaste. Handing a paper plate to one of the kids, I told him to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube that he could possibly squeeze … Read more

Three Reasons Why Our Kids Had To Take Piano Lessons

  The piano is the most basic instrument. Learn this one, and it will be easier to learn any other instrument. Music is important to us. Everybody likes some kind of music. Everybody needs music. Dave and I come from a family of music lovers and connoisseurs of music. We both enjoy music, so it’s no wonder that our kids inherited genetics along those lines. We realize that an appreciation for and love of music can carry … Read more

Fresh Homemade Apple Pie

  I know that a freshly baked apple pie is the very best – especially when it’s homemade. I  have a recipe for  homemade apple pie filling, and that’s usually my go-to for apple pie.  When you’re out of ingredients for a freshly-baked pie, homemade apple pie filling  is next best.  If you want to can some homemade pie filling, go to that recipe. One day as I was out and about, I got a text … Read more