On My Count

“Children of mine!” I said. This is our call to arms, our Revelee, our ‘Circle the Wagons’.  They know it and, usually, respond. Today they lagged.  I was trying to get out the door to a meeting and I rolled my eyes to Max.  I could hear the...

The Pi Maker

It really does take a village, this raising a kid business. Did I just reference a Hillary Clinton quote?   Multiply that by the number of kids we’ve got and, well, we end up needing a healthy metropolis.  Good thing we seem to have one! Elizabeth has faithfully...

Nailed It!

After prayer at lunch Max tacked on at the end, “And thank you that we got all ITs done before lunch!”  Yes, thank ya Jesus that we got them done before lunch – served at 1 today to accomodate, but who cares?- we survived!  The house on the other...

I.T. Support

Last August when I was a stew of pregnancy induced hormones and anxiety the midwife suggested one on one time with each of the kids for an hour each day, every day.  She wrote it down like a prescription. “And whispering only, too.  Make them do it, Annie.  I...

Illuminating

I wish I could adequately describe the level of chaos that is usual during “school.” Okay, it’s really not that bad but Gemma is just on the cusp of hanging with the big kids (an aside: she is trying so very, very hard to figure out what it means to...