Dear Responsible Momma,

  How does a high responsibility Mom take care of 5 boys who have little interest in responsibility?     #1: She goes crazy. She spends her every step trying to command them in “duties”—wash your hands, take off your shoes, put away your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, stay on task! Thus,… Read more »

Lazy Parenting

We’ve all heard it.   “Do as I say, not as I do.”   What does “Do as I say not as I do” imply? It implies.. quite bluntly… you are a lazy parent. Telling your child to “do as you say and not as you do” is a cop-out of all cop outs. You… Read more »

  • provision or presence

    I realized this morning….early, early in the morning….that I have become someone very dependent on God’s provision. I feel safe, comfortable, and “strong” when I have ALL that I “need” and “want.” And of course, God is my provider. So, when someone hurts me or when my child doesn’t allow me the sleep I want….I… Read more »

  • fill up with the right stuff

      Last week Lesley had a ‘bout with some weird bug. She could barely get out of bed. I knew she didn’t feel good when she went  to bed… and so – I prepared myself to be “pro-active Dad”.  That entailed:  nurse, taxi, nanny, judge, play time planner, and much more. But for this task, I… Read more »

  • God told me to go play light sabers

      I was sitting on the couch catching up on news, email, and the like.. When my oldest asked if he could go outside.. He only asked because he recently sprained his ankle and has been told to take it easy…  I told him:  “Sure, please just stay in the yard.” He made his way… Read more »

  • Big Dreamers

    A few weeks ago we downsized the number of children in our home, thanks to the love and help of family. We cut our clan of 4 in half, leaving us with the baby and the 5yo. We have allowed the older to stay up late, catch fireflies, eat cereal for almost every meal, go… Read more »

  • God heals with lightening

    I’m fairly certain it doesn’t say in the bible God specifically “heals with lightening”……… but what I do know is that God does not require from us that we fully understand HOW he heals. My 3 year old this morning declared that God heals… (with lightening) — I’ll teach him someday that it might not… Read more »

  • 27₵ and Dad’s getting the rest…

      A while back, I took one of my son’s to the Lego aisle – there was a Lego set that he really wanted, like… REALLY wanted. For the previous 2 weeks he has been asking me how he could earn enough money to buy it. To say the very least – those same last couple weeks… Read more »

  • freedom

    Today marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, a day I still can’t fully understand or wrap my mind around, a day that is a symbol of freedom.  Freedom. How lovely. Do you know what that means? Do your kids know what that means? No joke, the frog never moved again.   Recently, my husband returned… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 012

    [Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday] [ one ] Seasons. I was thinking about this yesterday and shared it at our mid-week worship service before worship. It is so amazing to me how creative God is. Think about how creative seasons are… really. How boring would it be if we only had Summer. Yeah….. Read more »

  • aiming at grace

      I received a text from Lesley yesterday and it said this: I called. Promptly. The story, in a nut shell: one of the boys was riding his bike and ran into a planter sitting in front of the front door/window. Deep breath. Most of what is broken isn’t meant to be broken.. we all accidentally… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 011

     [Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday] Today’s post is from Maria Watkins – she blogs at Life on M Avenue about family and their encounter with CDLS  – she and her husband have 4 children.  When my daughter Ella was born and diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder 3 years ago, my picture perfect world shattered… Read more »