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

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

Baked Spaghetti

  This is an easy go-to recipe for a large crowd or for something you need to fix ahead of time.  Served with a side salad and green beans, the meal is an easy one for your family or for guests. You can fix this ahead of time and put it in the freezer for a week or two down the road.  It’s easy to fix two pans with this recipe: one for the day … Read more