Archives for May 2017

A Child’s Prayer

I love listening to my children’s prayers.  If only God would answer this one before my kiddos are all out of school for the summer.

Dax (age 7): Dear Heavenly Father, please help my brothers and sisters to be nice…because yesterday I also asked you to help them be nice…and…that didn’t work out so well.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Appreciating my minions.


Feeling much too lazy to write an actual blog post this week, but…life is still rollin’ along.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Buying more cheerios, seriously.

Motherhood Methods

Some days I feel a bit lacking in my motherly ways.  Thankfully, my 3 year old (Rose) steps in when needed.   For instance–this week:

My 16 month old (Hen) is obsessed with the mysteries of our bathroom.  A few days ago he unearthed his latest passion–the potty pile-up.

Me: (sternly while shaking my finger):  Hey, you can’t put stuff in the potty.  No.

Hen was mildly amused by my reprimand, though screams of agony followed as I dared to remove him from his favorite room.

Rose came along as the ugly scene was unfolding and took control.

Rose: (shaking her finger at me): Mommy!  Stop it!  You’re making Hen cry!  He’s just a baby!

Me: (adamantly)  Buuut, you don’t understand.  Hen was putting stuff in the potty and he needed to know…

Rose: (ignoring mom and tenderly hugging distressed brother):  I love you Hen.  It’s ok.  I’ll take care of you.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Lessons in motherhood from Rose.  

My Permanent Gift

My (now 7 year old) Dax is a gift to our family.  He has high functioning autism and is a unique combination of loving angel/mischievous leprechaun.

Until Dax was about 4 1/2, he usually couldn’t sit still long enough for me to read him a book.  Gratefully, he now loves to read, sometimes.  Writing has been trickier.  Dax always refused to color in his younger years and still struggles with writing.  Though last year he gave me a memorable writing gift:

Daxton: Mom, you need to see this.  I have something I want to show you!

Mom: Ok???

My giddy leprechaun was jumping and beaming with pride as he presented my gift, written boldly on his bedroom wall.

Me:  Buddy!  You wrote that all by yourself!?!  I’m so proud of you!  But!  WHY the permanent marker?

Dax: (slyly sincere)  I just love you sooo much.  I wanted it to be there…forever!

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Just rollin with the luv that comes my way.

Family Essence

Soooo, on Sunday morning, when you have to yell, “We’re taking some family pictures no matter what!  Everyone!  Outside–NOW!” That may not be conducive to the ideal photo shoot.   Though, on the bright side, I think this photo really captures my family’s essence.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Taking some less realistic photos.