Life

Guess who is coming for cake

It was the 19th of October, Yorktown Day (for any of you history buffs out there). I was pregnant with my ninth child, entering my seventh month. Since I had already experienced numerous pregnancies, just picture me with a belly of an elephant pregnant in the, oh, let’s say 16th month. David was leading a …

Education Romance

Learn something new every day (plus it will help your love life)

A status on Facebook this morning was a quote by Robert Heinlein, ” When one teaches, two learn.” I absolutely love the truth of this statement. Every day, I learn something new or relearn something I had forgotten. It can be a concrete fact about history or math, or a spiritual or emotional truth. It …

Life

I said, “Put your hands in the air!”

It was an unusually hot, late, fall day in 1998.  I was very pregnant with my sixth child, my daughter Phoebe.  I was taking a day trip with the kiddos from Richmond, VA to visit my parents in Yorktown.  Starting our slightly-over-an- hour journey, we decided to swing through the McDonald’s drive-thru for lunch. Our …

Life

Life is too short to wear tight shoes

    Back in October, a friend came for a visit.   She commented on the new running shoes I was wearing.  Black with a white, a hot pink and a blue stripe that if I stare at too long, I see myself sitting on the beach with the sand between my toes, the ocean waves pounding …

Life

Sometimes we have dreams; we have just forgotten them

I was talking to my son this morning when he proudly announced he didn’t have any dreams last night. I explained that he most certainly did have dreams; he had just forgotten them. I told him, “Everybody dreams; we just don’t always remember them when we wake up. Sometimes we need to make a conscious …

Life

Croup in the Night

Caleb and croup So last night was not unlike something we haven’t already experienced in twenty five years of parenting, I just intensely dislike croup. The terrible barking noise, the fear it brings into my little person as they gasp for breath, mouth wide open as they call for all their seal friends in the …