Dear Mom,

When I was 10, I knew all about this parenting business. I always thought my mother was amazing, but there were a few things I was going to do differently. My parenting vows as a 10 year old:

  1. I am not going to serve my children silly things like peanut butter and jelly, or pizza bread.
  2. I am not going to make my children miss out on movies and activities the ‘other’ kids get to enjoy.
  3. No bedtimes in my future house. Bed times are silly, why not just wait until you are tired?
  4. I am going to enjoy every second of meaningful conversation from my children. After all, children have very important things to talk about and valuable insight to offer.
  5. I will not cry over silly things. Seriously, it’s just kindergarten, what’s the big deal?
  6. I am going to trust my future children with issues concerning moderation. We know how much cake we can eat without getting sick.
  7. I will not humiliate my children by being over involved. Cake for the class for every birthday? Embarrassing. Being the only parent to show up for in school field trips? No way.
  8. No excessive excitement over milestones. Calling Auntie over my first crush was a bit overboard.
  9. No forced hugs or kisses. Really. I will love my kids, but won’t need to hug them all the time to show them.
  10. Big sisters know how to keep charge. I will trust my oldest to handle sibling disputes. Older children know how to handle things.


Mom, I just wanted you to know that I made pizza bread yesterday.


S’mores Snack

We had the privilege of going to the Cincinnati Zoo and I enjoyed getting to know some ladies from one of the churches that has partnered with us in ministry. As we dove deeper into the zoo, some of the young children became a bit cranky, and one lady came prepared with snacks.

The kids who knew her were excited to for the goodness she gave out in individual zip-lock bags, and the missionary kids soon joined in with their delight.

She gave out small bags with a S’mores assortment. I didn’t need a recipe to copy her, but did inform her that I would replicate the deliciousness for future snacks to go.

I used the off brand golden graham cereal, semi sweet chocolate chips, and small marshmallows when I made it the very next week. I filled a gallon zip-lock bag 3/4 of the way with the cereal, added 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 1/2 – 2 cups of marshmallows.

This is perfect for children of all ages. I do have to warn you though, it did seem to turn off my ability to snack in moderation. Divvying the snack after mixing it is a great idea to prevent such a problem.

Oh, and I found this to be the perfect s’more ratio ;)20131111-145859.jpg

I will gladly take any other snack recommendations, I’m sure there are many more awesome snacks I will never think of on my own :)

Housework…Maybe Eventually…

“I have housework to do, I should do it!”

10 minutes later: “I got some work done! I should take a break.”

Baby cries. “I should sit down and feed the baby.”

Baby finishes nursing. “Playing and talking to baby is good for her.”

Children getting restless. “I should take them outside.”

We come inside, “We should do a craft.”

After craft, “Its time for lunch!”

I put the kids down for a nap, “I should sit down and take a break!” Woman gets lost on Pinterest and/or WordPress.

Baby wakes up. Children wake up.

“Time to play with the children.”

Playing steals all my energy.

“I need a coffee break.”

I notice the house. “I should do housework!”

And repeat.

Please tell me that I am not the only one!


With children this adorable, it is no wonder they get all of my time!

What Co-Sleeping Looks like

Co-sleeping is not really our family’s style, but when my children need it, they get it. This is what it looks like in our family.

This was just one of ten different poses my daughter slept in. She’s an active sleeper! I wish it would have been possible to get a picture of when the lights went out a few days ago. We had the two older kids and my husband and I on an air mattress for four sleepy hours. I got a little rest, but there was a lot of wiggling going on.
Do you co-sleep? How do you get rest? Or is it worth the sleeplessness? I find the times they sneak in bed to be extra sweet, but I’m okay for it to not be everyday.