Teach Me Magic

| February 20, 2013

Last year, the phenomenon of the Magic Cards entered the sheltered world of my ten year old boy. His friends played it, and it seemed, he might have been the last one of his peers to learn of this game. I resisted in many ways, making excuse after excuse to not buy the cards. There [...]

A Tween’s Perspective on Violent Movies

| January 17, 2013

“I used to think that the older you get the more you can take … like watching scary and violent movies . But I don’t find that to be true.” Said my eleven year old boy as we were discussing The Hobbit, the book vs. the movie. “What is your observation?” I inquired. “The grownups [...]

An Eleven Year Old’s Commentary on Patience

| November 28, 2012

I was reading the Hobbit with my two older boys and Burian (5) was in the living room squealing because he couldn’t get himself situated in the living room swing, yes, you read correctly. We don’t have a couch, we have a swing. Clayton (8) goes over to help him, comes back. More squeals ensue, [...]

When mom is done.

| October 18, 2012

6 p.m. Thursday evening. Dinner is a vague and unpleasant thought. Cameron complains of back pain. Jing Wen just threw his pencil down in retaliation of homework. My two younger ones just devoured a bag of Barbara’s All Natural Cheese Puffs … so, I didn’t feel too guilty … but I still knew they were hungry. My [...]

Unexpected First Day of School

| September 6, 2012

A week or two ago. my eleven year old drew this on the calendar … Sept 6th, the first day of school. It will be an adjustment, I thought. 6:40am this morning, I hear shuffling and voices in the kitchen. I stayed in bed as long as I could… when I got up at about [...]