A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SAWYER

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     Sawyer turned one last Saturday and we got to PAR-TAY!  Our grandson is much loved and lots of family attended.  Daughter number 3 prepared his cake and the cupcakes, and daughter number 2 took the pictures.  Let’s just say Sawyer made out like a bandit.  It was an outside party at a local park, and this day just happened to …

THE BATTLE OF THE MARRIED WILLS

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     If you read my last entry, you know that I spent some time in Florida with my husband, Jim, last week.  We are re-entering society as a couple again, instead of two parents with a passel of kids in tow.  We’ve actually been working towards this for a couple of years now, getting acclimated to each other in a …

To the mom who prays for silence - finding contentment in the loud seasons with small children. From an empty nest mom.

To the mom who prays for silence

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Are you a mom who prays for silence – just a bit of peace and calm in your day? A prominent sign in my house read, “Who are all these kids and why do they keep calling me mom?”  I recently moved it to the basement because, well, that’s not really descriptive of my household anymore. When loud season ends …

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

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I just kissed two of my four children goodbye to college in two different states.  My oldest child is due with grandbaby #1 in October. The youngest is still with us – for one more year. These would be the two middle, crazy, clownish children.  You know the ones.  They have to vie for attention from the very beginning to establish pecking …

How to see the world through grandma's eyes; encouragement for the caregiver to slow down, enjoy details, and glean soul focus

How to see the world through grandma’s eyes

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After letting my mom’s cataracts marinate for a couple of years, the optometrist gave the go-ahead to have them removed.  I flew her to a world renown surgeon in Tarpon Springs, Florida, since I’d heard great things about him. We live in West Virginia, but my husband’s home office is in St. Petersburg, Florida, where we own a condo, so …

WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH ALL THOSE TOYS, MOM?

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What mom doesn’t get tired of toys strewn all over the floor?  Leggos and Barbie doll shoes – not very foot friendly if you happen to step on them, tonka trucks and play school shopping buggies – even harder to maneuver around.  How do you get kids to keep it tidy?  Where do you put it all, and how do …

The perfect mom myth; 4 practical skills to implement with your kids and advice for when you feel like a failure.

The “perfect mom” myth; How to parent practically

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You know that perfect mom that has it all together, always looks terrific in her size 4 jeans, perfect hair and makeup?  That mom with the cute kids dressed in designer wear and the Ray Ban-clad husband with the muscular frame? Her house is always spotless, tastefully decorated, and she usually has a new picture or accent every time you …

ARE YOUR KIDS BEST FRIENDS?

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You know that saying that goes “I can beat up my sister all I want, but you’d better not mess with her or I’ll beat you up too”?  Ok, loose paraphrase – maybe it’s not even a saying.  Maybe it’s just a thought.  However, it is a very loud and unspoken thought in this family. Last week Jim and I …

GRANDMA GETS A KINDLE

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I gave my 75 year old mom a kindle for Christmas.  She loves to read and as she ages she finds it increasingly difficult to drive across town to the library.  For my own peace of mind, I thought the kindle might do quite nicely.  Except for the technology issue. We had our first lesson in Kindle-ology.  I repeated everything 10 …

Pro Bowl

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     I am not an athletic person.  I don’t play sports, unless you count badminton or bicycling.  I don’t enjoy watching tennis, golf, or baseball.  But in my house, football rules – according to my husband and son, die-hard West Virginia Mountaineer fans.       I pay little attention to the games, except to notice the score and crack a joke about somebody’s last name.  …

VASOVAGAL EPISODES

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     Have you ever fainted?  I do it on a regular basis.       The first time it happened my fifth grade teacher was reading a descriptive story of a girl on horseback who got shot during the civil war.  Blood gushing all over her clothes and the horse, excruciating pain, etc, etc.  Next thing I knew, my ears were ringing and everything turned white …

HOT FLASH AT THE FUNERAL HOME

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     Mother Menopause took up early residence 6 years ago due to surgery and she doesn’t seem to be leaving the premises anytime soon.  I’m not talking mood swings so much as I am the sweats – although I will admit some mornings Jim asks with caution, “Which wife do I get today?” poor guy.      It begins in the morning …

TWEETS FOR CHUCKLES

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Ruthie (@ruthiegray123) 1/13/13, 2:08 PM Murphy’s Law for moms: the stomach virus always strikes at night. #chunkybedsheets #yucketbucket #momneedsanap      I’m adding twitter as a blog feature.  Follow me at the address above for a giggle a day!  (At my expense, of course.)      I’m digging my way back to the land of the living, here’s to hoping no one else …

HOLIDAY SNAPSHOTS

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     I know I am milking the holidays, but it’s always so hard for me to kiss them goodbye, I’m too sentimental about it.  It’s a problem – I wonder if there is a support group for people who hate to say goodbye to Christmas?  Ah well, to quote my eldest, “There’s always next year, mom!” I hate to tell you my …

A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS

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Christmas was a little different around here this year.  One less stocking was hung, we had a new little puppy (grand dog) in the mix, and we went over the river and stopped at the ER on the way to grandma’s house. I’d say we’ve done pretty well with the whole “oldest daughter is married” adjustment period.  We love our new …

More Camping Adventures

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As I type this from my tiny iPhone keyboard, I’m returning home from yet another beach trip. Don’t hate. Can I help it if Hubs had business down south and I own a camper in the same general vicinity? Admit it – you would come too. Someday I’m going to write a book of all our camping adventures. Trust me …

Survival of the Powerless

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As far as I can remember, I’ve never had to deal with a week long power outage in the summer. Last Friday night what has now been termed a “Dericho” hit WV with a force like none other. We don’t normally get tornadoes, but this very much resembled one. Downed trees everywhere, power and cable lines split and broken. That …