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 »

  • ages and stages

    The age / stage your of your child(ren) right now is the right stage for them… and it’s right for you. Stop wanting something different! Ever find your self thinking these statements: I wish [name] could just crawl – then when they do, you wish they couldn’t move so quickly. I wish [name]  could walk – then when… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 010

    There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful. Three things I’m thankful for today. [ one ]  imagination.  I’ve seen my sons in the last few months really start to play together and use their imagination. Granted there are times where it is an all-out brawl, but other times… Read more »

  • do one thing

      There is a barrage of “you should(s)” as you walk through a day. you should have this. you should be this. you should go here. you should read this. you should do more. you should do less I’m sure you can relate, the “you should” in your mind sounds like this though: “I should”…. Read more »

  • Goodbye!

    The last few months have been silent here. Here’s why… I’m closing down this blog. It’s a little bitter-sweet as this has been a landing-place for a lot of thoughts for the past 5 years! I’ve met a number of really cool people and have appreciated and been blessed by the interaction. That’s the bitter part…. Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 009

      This week’s Thankful Thursday is from Jani Dahlin, Pastor of Children and Adult Discipleship at Praise Community Church. There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  Three things I am thankful for today . . . [ one ] The 7 wonders of the world . …. Read more »

  • Be Their John, Not Their Jesus

        As our middle two children, one after another, chose to run down a path of selfishness, rage, anger, tirades, and fits, I was becoming overwhelmed! Now add to that, a five month-old, who for whatever reason, decided that today would be a good day for an unsettled schedule (cue the crying!) AND the… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 008

    Guest post for “Thankful Thursday 008” is by Alyssa Bartek, she writes for and is a great mom and wife.  Her and her husband, Rick, live in Henderson, Nebraska and are just down right cool people. [Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday] [ one ] Books: I wouldn’t be who I am today… Read more »

  • press 1 to confirm, 2 to… BEEP

    Our boys love to talk on the phone, we still have a phone in our kitchen with a chord on it. It looks like it is from 1970, because it is. Our three older boys all had dentist appointments and the dentist office (like most nowadays) have one of those FACCM’s (futuristic automated confirmation calling… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 007

      Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday   [ one ] dreams. how boring what it be to never dream (while awake, or asleep)? We would never have made an airplane. we would never have made cars. we would never have seen the depths of the ocean. we would never have walked on the moon……. Read more »

  • stars anew

      God made more stars tonight… At least that is what my 2 year old son went to bed thinking.   .: Sheesh… he thought God makes the stars every night. As in “fresh”, “new” ones…   wait. A child’s perspective is stunning.   Oh how I desire to think more like my children. To… Read more »