April 4th, 2012

Knows His Mom

I took the younger kids on a hike in the woods this afternoon. A few minutes in, the trail got a little rough and wet. At one particularly messy spot, 10-year-old Stephen, our fearless leader, paused and looked back.

“Hold on just a minute, everyone,” he said with concern. “Mama, are you wearing heels?”

January 5th, 2011

Lofty Goals

5 year old Raphael: When I grow up, I want to be … a prankster.

November 29th, 2010

Higher Education

Stephen was asking about smoking cigarettes. Is it really addictive, he wanted to know. And why do people do it anyway? And how bad is it for your body?

As this was a great teaching moment, I was pleased to see a group of younger kids gathered to listen in while I answered his questions.

“I don’t understand,” Stephen finally said, “why the government doesn’t just make cigarettes completely illegal.”

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September 8th, 2010

In My Place

Daniel approached me with a copy of the Fall issue of Faith & Family magazine in hand.

“Will you roll this up for me,” he asked, “so that I can kill some flies?”

July 13th, 2010

Wet Blanket

Girl #1 (dreamily): When I grow up, I’m going to have a limousine and I will take it everywhere I go.

Girl #2 (practically): Good luck with parking.

June 21st, 2010

Big Brother Patience

“What color popsicle would you like?”


“Here you go.”

“Uhhh, ack-chewally … yeyow.”

“There is no yellow.”

“Yeyow is on the box.”

“That’s orange.”

“Okay. Ack-chewally owange.”

“Here you go.”

“Uhhh … ack-chewally gween …”

June 1st, 2010

My Morning, So Far

“Can we watch Sponge Bob?”


“How about now?”


“How about video games?”


“A movie?”




April 5th, 2010

Poor Child

I think he gets his “temperance” from me.

Stephen: I think I really like these mini Cadbury Eggs … because with the big ones, you just keep on eating them, even if it’s too much, and then you end up feeling sick. These little ones are less dangerous.