A camping we will go…With Girl Scouts

CAMPING! We went camping this past weekend! Well, I did with our two youngest girls. Rebecca is a Junior Girl Scout and Miklayla is a Brownie, I am a leader and have been for twelve years now. I love Girl Scouts. I love the girls and the fun that we have. I haven’t always loved the Councils that I have worked with, but I understand some of their decisions and choices. But this isn’t a political blog so enough of that. We went camping this weekend! And we had “s’more fun” than we should have been able to handle. Hiking, … Continue reading A camping we will go…With Girl Scouts

Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

This week has dawned: Spring Break. The weather is just gorgeous and we have no money, we are moving to a different house in two weeks and not all my children have Spring Break at the same time. So what do I do with the three that do? Well, yesterday we slept in…..oh what a joy, what a luxury, what a blessing- we were all up by 7:30, well all but the dog. He was the only sane one of the lot. Today we have two of our favorite kids, old neighbors, coming to play all day and all night and … Continue reading Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

Teenagers. To some of us the very word brings hefty sighs, queasy stomachs, wild memories and to a few of you, fond thoughts of either your teenage years or your child’s teenage years (very few, I am sure). They should come with owner manuals for each one. We have five children and one is on her way out of these years, one is firmly ensconced in it and one is on the way in. Our eldest daughter is now 19. Her “teen” years were actually rather smooth. We had our moody moments, rolling of eyes, snootiness and talking back but … Continue reading Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

“What to Expect when You are Expecting…”

What to expect when you are expecting a baby. Why the “professionals” think they can tell us this I do not know. I watched a movie with this title the other day and was glad to see that they covered the majority of the non glory, heart-break and joy, but not all. Not that I know all that can and does happen during different pregnancies. But I have a little more experience than some, having had 10 pregnancies, 5 children. We have been married for 22 years this June and within our years of marriage we have had our fair … Continue reading “What to Expect when You are Expecting…”

The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

“I was bullied!” It breaks my heart and takes my breath away when I hear my daughter Rebecca tell people this. “I hate the name _______(bully’s name). Because it scares me.” I posted last year about all the troubles we were having with my daughter and her “bully” and I received a bunch of responses. The good, the bad and the ugly. We did all sorts of interventions: with her teacher, the school counselor, the Special Ed teacher, the Vice Principal, the Principal and then finally with the Superintendent of Elementary Schools. All to no good outcome. We were frustrated, to … Continue reading The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

Provided For, that is a constant

We have been provided for, may be not with a clean van, but we have been provided for. Life on the floor of our family van is not what I would like it to be. As in, I don’t want there to be anything on the floor of the van except the feet of my passengers and may be a purse or two. It’s amazing how quickly it gets out of control. I go through and bag up all that needs to go back inside, use another bag for trash and another for recycling. Gross? sometimes yes. Embarrassing? it used to … Continue reading Provided For, that is a constant