I noticed an odor in the kitchen this morning. After some sniff inspections, I decided the worst offender was the garbage can. When I removed the almost full bag, I discovered the real problem was rotting at the bottom. So I did what any self-respecting person should do. I made coffee and prayed for a […]
Trying to conceive a son almost killed my husband. Killed may be an exaggeration; almost gave him a heart attack is more accurate. After my husband and I were married for eight years, I decided it was time for a son. Like ordering up a desired entree at a restaurant, my request to the Universe was specific: […]
Few things test a relationship like family road trips. Before we had five kids, Husband and I took our family on a lot of road trips. Things were a lot easier then: our daughters were younger, fewer in number, and not experiencing fluctuating hormonal rages. And when I was pregnant with daughter number five, our family […]
The unexpected package is filled with Christmastime food. Decades prior, I sat before a table covered with red pistachios, pink and white popcorn, mysterious chocolate, and thin ribbon candy. Surrounded by love. Now, with my own children, I’m having an old-fashioned Christmas. My answer in 42-words to the question: what did you get me?
Common cold or flu in a big family. When a family with many kids begins to show signs of the common cold or flu, it is only a matter of time before they all get infected. Initially, the caretaker approaches the situation with compassion, effectively hiding revulsion to tend to the sick’s needs. Over time, as more children […]