Nurturing True Gratefulness

What is True Gratefulness? To start, let us look more closely this phrase, True Gratefulness, and analyze the internal process that results in this desirable heart posture. True Gratefulness is deep.  It is more than just a “thank you” and appreciation for gifts and circumstances.  It is not a polite custom; a means to awardContinue reading “Nurturing True Gratefulness”

Orange-Mint Scented Homemade Playdough

Need a new quiet time activity or sensory bin?  Try this soothing scented homemade playdough.  Inexpensive and easy to make, this homemade recipe does not take more than ten minutes. It requires few more ingredients than flour, water and salt, yet it is as smooth and pliable as commercial doughs.  Orange-mint has been one ofContinue reading “Orange-Mint Scented Homemade Playdough”

Traveling with my Kids in Italy, Part II–Verona

This blog is a continuation of a previous blog and picks up in Verona, where I and my three (and a half) bambinos heap up almost as much trouble (and dirty laundry) as we did homemade pasta.  Previous Blog: Traveling with my kids in Italy, Part I–Urine for it Florence Roughly two hours via trainContinue reading “Traveling with my Kids in Italy, Part II–Verona”

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

What does lemonade bring to your mind? The Smell of fresh-cut grass; Dixie cups and dimes? Wrap-around porches? The sound of pool water splashing?  It brings me back to my great-grandmother’s backyard lemon tree in orange county, where my sister dared me to eat a whole lemon.   Every June, my little skittles and I makeContinue reading “Homemade Strawberry Lemonade”

Traveling with my Kids in Italy, Part I–Urine for it, Florence!

I am not sure whether I am more proud or humbled after traveling solo with my littles.  On one hand, we always come back alive with epic memories and better bonds between each other.  On the other hand, I inevitably find myself a bit wiped out and swimming upstream in some awkward situation—most of whichContinue reading “Traveling with my Kids in Italy, Part I–Urine for it, Florence!”

A Full Cup

The internet is chock full of the call to end comparisons among moms.  Comparisons lead us to either envy or pride, and not only rob us of gratitude and joy but also provides egotistical motivation for loving behavior toward our children.  What are common standpoints we take to help us deal with comparisons? “One sizeContinue reading “A Full Cup”

How to Experience Animals without Adopting a Pet

I’ve always respected moms who care for not just their kids, but a pet or two as well.  I have a hard enough time herding my littles (which is a lot like herding cats), so we have not ventured into adopting any official pets.  However, wherever we have lived, we have sought out critters toContinue reading “How to Experience Animals without Adopting a Pet”

Cinnamon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 25 min Bake Time: 45-50 min Oven Temp: 350 F This simple, scrumptious coffee cake has always been one of my favorite recipes from my mum, and it is in her honor for Mother’s Day that I post this. She calls it Blueberry Buckle and first got the recipe from a friend’s SwedishContinue reading “Cinnamon Blueberry Coffee Cake”

A Potty or a Pole

Introducing My First Muddy Buddy to Travel I was about twenty weeks pregnant when I found myself lost in a strip club at a hotel in Eastern Europe.  Suddenly there were flashing red lights, loud techno music and pole with a silhouette of someone’s leg.  Oops–wrong door!  I obviously was not meant to be there–Continue reading “A Potty or a Pole”

Beautiful Mess

“As a mom, in whatever season of life you find yourself in, I want you to know deep in your soul that God delights in you–no matter how you see yourself” Sherry Surratt, CEO MOPS International from Beautiful Mess I had two toddlers at the time and was surviving an El Nino season in theContinue reading “Beautiful Mess”