Giving Your Kid What is Best – Even When It Hurts

  As hard as it is, if our love is real, we’ll give our kids what is best  – even when it hurts.  In the throes of raising kids, sometimes it’s just plain hard to keep that goal in mind.  It’s hard to focus on where I want my child to be then  when it’s so painful now. The little girl in this story is now grown; she will be a senior at Virginia Tech this fall. … Read more

A Survey For My Readers

  It’s August.  That means summer is nearly over and schools are about to open.  Have you been as busy as I have?! If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, would you help me out by filling out this survey via Survey Monkey?  It will  help me learn to know my readers better.  I hope to get a feel for the struggles you have and the trials you face. And, in case you’re wondering, I … Read more

I Am That Mean Mama

He came through the back door, holding his finger in front of him for me to see. “Yook, Mama,” he said.  “There was a yittle boy outside who hurt his finger, and he needs his Mama to kiss it.  And you are that Mama!” I smiled as I bent down to inspect the hurt finger. “And you must be that little boy,” I responded as I offered my medicinal kiss. Yes, I am “that Mama”.  … Read more

A DIY Color-Coded Calendar for the Entire Family

With all the electronic gadgets available to us today, why is it still so hard to keep up with a family’s  schedules?  One reason is that small children don’t have access to the devices we adults use.  Another reason is that since these gadgets need to be opened to specific “pages” for the schedules to be viewed, the information is not easily accessible to everyone at any given time. Children need to learn to be … Read more

Sometimes Mama’s Home Remedy Works the Best

I had never known a summer could be so hot. That summer, I thought that if heat could kill a person, I would die.  I wasn’t from Southside Virginia, and I wasn’t used to the temperatures and humidity in this part of the country. I’d come to work as the nurse at Camp Staunton Meadows for the summer and was unprepared for the blistering temperatures. Somehow, I survived. So did the campers. Many years later, … Read more