Cee’s Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves in Black &White

Something fun about buckets and pails. When my kids find an empty, round vessel around, they can't resist: they have to at least try to sit in it, stand in it, squeeze into it, or put it on their heads. The other day my kids helped me wash vegetables; when they were done, the rinsing … Continue reading Cee’s Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves in Black &White

Taking gardening troubles into our own hands

We're taking gardening to a new level this time around! First of all, none of our plants have died since we planted them this summer. Second, we've pruned, remedied some overcrowding issues in our tomato pot, added crushed egg shells for extra nutrition, and added support sticks to help long stems. Third, we studied our … Continue reading Taking gardening troubles into our own hands

Thankful for a great year since Ellis’ heart surgery on Sept. 25, 17

One year ago today, Ellis underwent her third heart surgery. Even before her birth, doctors warned us of the various medical and lifestyle challenges we would face in the first few years of her life. They weren't lying. It. Was. Tough. We operated on survival mode and were content with just "getting by." Getting to … Continue reading Thankful for a great year since Ellis’ heart surgery on Sept. 25, 17

Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??

This is hard for me to admit, much less put it into writing. It makes me feel vulnerable, but here I go. My second grader is struggling with reading. When we do phonics or attempt to read together, he immediately gets uptight and starts to fidget. It's like he convinced himself that reading is too … Continue reading Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??