When Things Are Tough all OVER....

It's funny how our best laid plans go awry. Today I planned to plant roses, working my way through a new experience. Instead, I looked outside at the beautiful sun and decided to go visit my 7 yr old twin neice and nephew. The last time I picked...

So I Will Plant Roses...

Today for the first time in my life, I will plant something.  As a person who hated working in the garden as a child, this will be a totally new experience for me. The dealio is this. Last year, R.J. and I made a large flower bed by our front door....

The Lawn Mower Story......oh yeah!!

Some of you will recall that earlier this month we bought a lawn mower from LOWES. Now R.J. panics at the thought of major purchases, and this was no exception. Me, I never panic, if you need it go get it. Dollar down, dollar a day, work and pay it off...

Thursday...Yeah!!

Happy Thursday morning everyone. It has been raining off and on here all night, and most of yesterday. I am thinking we have a reserve of water underground somewhere by this time. Wells should not run dry this year, even if we have a drought. In fact...

Friendly Fire

R.J. and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our children. He wants them to do things in a certain way, a do it now and prove you can do it, kind of way. I want them to do things at their own rate, and find their own way in the...

Ships That Don't Come In......

Happy Memorial Day everyone. Remember the reason for this holiday weekend. God Bless our military. Remember all gave some and some gave all.  I wanted to post this song by Joe Diffy..it speaks volumes. For every past or present...

On Feeling Helpless...

Yesterday was a sad day indeed for thoughts.com. We lost another member, one I had not met personally, but knew of through the eyes of Alissa (tinysockmonkey). I had been following Alissa's story for a little while, and offering her words of...

Time to Take A LoVer....

So, I've come to the conclusion that it is time for me to take a lover. I've worked it all out in my head, and I suppose I'll just advertise for one on Craigslist. Hmmm So here is the ad: Wanted..hot man..for sex only. Must be willing to camp...

Survey..Stolen from Ashley..

When's the last time you ran? Last week on the treadmill..need to get back to daily running. Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?...

Starting Small

My daughter Sunshine brought me a book from the Southern Poverty Law Center, called Starting Small. This book focuses on Teaching Tolerance to preschoolers and is an excellent read. It details the importance of teaching very young children empathy,...

Tuesday Ramblings...

So today has been an easy day in the daycare. The entire summer will consist of light days, children going on vacation or visiting grandparents. I rarely have an entire week with all 7 children. They had a fun, busy day and we played outside this...

Welcoming in A New Week....

Oh the joys of having children that drive. I am almost ashamed to admit that I can finally sleep till 7. For years and years I got up at 6 to rush around getting the children ready for school. We loaded up in the van and I delivered them to school by...

Sometimes There Are no Words....

When I had my children, I never gave much thought to them becoming adults. I never looked past the endless bottles of formula, bags of diapers and tiny jars of gerber baby food. These soon gave way to wobbly first steps, then skinned knees and...

Absolutely Normal Chaos and the Power of Positive

When I was 7 my mother reunited with my father after a short seperation. He had moved from Alabama to Tennessee and convinced her that he had changed his ways and stopped drinking. My mother was a positive thinker, and she knew if he did indeed stop...

Dear President Obama...

Last night at midnight I wrote a letter to President Obama. I asked him some questions that are important to me and to all women who live in the United States. My primary questions are : How can we live in the greatest nation in the world and require...

House of Cards....

All relationships represent a house of cards. Slowly built one card at a time, with many little collapses in the building process. He  puts his card on, she puts her card on, it is a dual effort and one that is pleasant to do together. They handle all...

But Mom......I'm Eighteen..

So, C.B. has reached the magical age of maturity and boy is he letting us know. I think I've heard the phrase: "But Mom, I'm Eighteen" at least 100 times, as if turning eighteen gave him the wisdom of the ages. I truly think this child thinks that...

Oh Dear....

At this time in the daycare I have 2- 2 year olds, 2- 3 year olds and 3- 4 year olds. There are 3 girls and 4 boys. If you are a parent of both sexes, I do not have to tell you the big difference between the boys and the girls. In my experience, which...

It's Simple Really..

It's simple really, how communication breaks down in a relationship. How one day you look up and think , what am I doing here with this person who obviously doesn't get where I am coming from, at all?  How did I get to a place in my life, where I live...

I Miss You Mom!....

Tomorrow will be 11 months since my mother passed away, and Sunday marks my first Mother's Day without her. This has definitely been the most heart wrenching experience of my life. It seems like just yesterday I held her hand in the hospital, and...

Impatiens for Mommies...

This morning we transplanted our Impatiens into tiny little pots for the mommies. The excitement was palpable and they can't wait to hand them to mom. We had a few little bobbles due to the dirt being very wet (and muddy), from all the rain....

A Piece of Double Bubble Chewing Gum

When I was a small child, I was confused to death about religion. My parents didn't go to church, or take us children, save the few times my mother went to Mother's Day ceremonies because we begged her to.  She had been raised in the church, where her...

Swimming Around Over Here..

It is a fact, I love Rain. However, I am saying enough is enough already. Raining for days and days is just gloomy. Mind you if I could hang out in my p.j.'s and drink hot chocolate, having the occasional bout of awesome sex with R.J., I'd be fine. But...

Buying Stock in the LYSOL Company...

So folks, the thing about cold and flu season is this..the Lysol company must be booming. I mean every can of Lysol boasts...kills flu virus on the label. I am a firm believer in Lysol myself, and at almost $6.00 per can, they are making a killing. I...

I Am So APPALLED....OH MY!!!

In my neck of the woods, it is not unusual for very small children to own 4 wheelers. We live in the good ole country boy south, and in the  country boy toys era. In my daycare if you asked the children, 3 out of 7 of them own a 4 wheeler and the...