Two simple breakfasts, family sized

Food

Confession: Mornings are not my thing. Which means that I thoroughly enjoy cooking breakfast. If it happens after 10 am. Honestly, I adore breakfast foods, but I don’t understand why they have to be served at the crack of dawn. I scratch our itch for them by cooking “brupper” sometimes (my children’s word for pancakes […]

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The secret life of Ryan Zook

Celebrations

When I awake early on Valentine’s Day I am alone It takes a moment to remember why. Oh yes. Early ministers’ meeting.   Often at night I wake to find him gone Or wake to find him returning. I expect him to be warm, come from checking on the kids Or using the bathroom But […]

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In defense of foster parents

Foster care

This is a continuation of my previous posts: In Defense of Bio Parents, and Practical Ways to Teamplay with Bio Parents. Dear onlookers and friends, As you do not (now) judge bio parents, we are asking also that you not judge us – we are the foster parents. We like the idea of team playing. […]

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Practical ways to teamplay with bio parents

Foster care

This is a continuation of my last post, In Defense of Bio Parents. Confession: Everybody says that foster care is “all about the child,” but the truth is that in my county it is all about the bio family. That means every reasonable effort will be made to a) avoid removing the child from his […]

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In defense of bio parents

Foster care

This post is written from my experience as a foster parent in the Pennsylvania court system. Though I must speak as I find, and reference situations I have experienced, I have taken great care to avoid representing a particular case, or disclosing any personal details I am bound to conceal. This is not a description […]

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On the first day of vacation


Life around home

1. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me Mom, there’s cat poop all over the porch. 2. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me I thought it was just leaves and There’s cat poop all over the porch.   3. On the first day of vacation, My […]

December 21, 2017

Our nativities


Celebrations

Confession: I was going to entitle this post “Our Favorite Nativities,” but realized just in time I’ve never met a nativity that wasn’t my favorite. One of my goals at Christmastime is to put Baby Jesus into my children’s hands in as many ways as I can. Over the years he has played hide-and-seek with […]

December 20, 2017

Thank you


Life around home

Confession: Sometimes I don’t even like Sundays anymore, though they used to be one of my favorite days, because – no mail. I can’t thank you enough for the happy pictures and notes showing up in my box these days. You brought me a great deal of joy! Special thanks to those who sent tea, […]

December 20, 2017

The Almost-Giveaway: Thirty Little Fingers


Literature

There. Now that you’ve met The Real Sheila J. Petre, let’s talk a little more about her book. Thirty Little Fingers: Seasons of Young Motherhood is a charming mixture-book, as if Sheila gathered up her best concoctions – the tastiest reserved morsels and most delicious literary crumbs – and sandwiched them all between its covers. […]

December 15, 2017

A plain and joyful face: in which we meet Sheila Petre


Literature

Sheila J. Petre is one of my favorite Anabaptist writers. She has a delightful way with words, she’s human and fallible, and she’s shockingly funny. Sheila lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Michael and their seven children ages ten and under. In addition to nurturing these favorite people, she gardens, writes, laughs, hosts foreign exchange […]

December 14, 2017

My cheeky request


Celebrations

One of the highlights of my December is the Christmas photos that find their way to our mailbox. I have no font big and bold enough to say how much I LOVE these warm-hearted gifts. I pore over them, checking how much all the kiddos grew since last year, making sure I know everybody’s name, […]

December 5, 2017