Family life · Lists · mommy gifs

10 Signs You’ve Celebrated Halloween in the Rural Midwest

Your costume had to fit over a snowsuit Those boots in my hubby’s costume above? Yeah, those are Sorrel snow boots. 2. Houses were far apart and yards were big, so you had to work hard for each piece of candy It was like 0.9 miles per mini Snickers. You basically had to eat all…… Continue reading 10 Signs You’ve Celebrated Halloween in the Rural Midwest

Family life · live free

5 Simple Ways to Make Labor Day Special

Rest Many of us have weathered the first days of the school year already, new routines and lunch boxes and pick ups and drop offs. The kids are all a little bit fried. We are all a little bit fried. So instead of packing this free day full of stuff to do, why not just rest? Let…… Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Make Labor Day Special

Christian reflections · Family life · Lists

How to Explain Good Friday to a Preschooler, and Other Things Seminary Never Taught Me

Good Friday is this Friday, April 14. Good Friday is all about the death of Jesus. The horrific, bloody death of Jesus. This day is one of cornerstones of the Christian faith. It’s important. Essential, even. I want my kids to have a grasp of it from their earliest days. To have heard about the…… Continue reading How to Explain Good Friday to a Preschooler, and Other Things Seminary Never Taught Me

Lists · women

5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Looking for some food for thought this Holy Week? Check out these five good reads. (And don’t look now, but these are all written by women. Brilliant, theologically minded women. Pretty sure Jesus is smiling about that one.) Fleming Rutledge’s “Redeemed by Death and Resurrection,” an excerpt from her book, The Crucifixion. “A declaration of amnesty…… Continue reading 5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Family life · Lists · mommy gifs

Why Daylight Savings Time is Every Parent’s Nightmare

Daylight Savings Time surprises me biannually with its awfulness. Pre-kid, DST is annoying. You have an extra cup of coffee or try to go to bed a little earlier. Post-kid? DST is the kind of thing for which Dante needs to invent another circle of H-E-double-hockey-sticks in his Inferno. If you, like me, are muttering…… Continue reading Why Daylight Savings Time is Every Parent’s Nightmare