Freedom · Hope · Kids · Politics · Social Issues · Uncategorized

Election Day

Reading Time: 3 minutesToday is the day we choose who will lead our country into the future for the next four years. Many of us have agonized over this decision. I am not alone when I say that I will be happy when the decision is finally made, regardless of the outcome, and this election that has so… Continue reading Election Day

God · Kids · Parenting · Uncategorized · Women

It’s a Girl

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen you wake up sun will shine. We will not go under any cloud. Let balloons go up in town, ring out every bell. Happy birthday, beautiful, all the birds of this day sing a song, sing a song. Dream of trains carrying you through the state parks with the cherry flowers. When you wake… Continue reading It’s a Girl

Holidays · Kids · seasons · Uncategorized

The 10 Most Overrated Things About Fall

Reading Time: 9 minutesWell, it’s that time of year again, folks. When all of social media is abuzz with the passing of summer and the approaching autumn equinox. I wish I could join in the excitement, but I am a summer gal – give me perpetual summer break, beach vacations, swimming pools, sun tans, flip flops, peaches, blueberries,… Continue reading The 10 Most Overrated Things About Fall

Homeschool · Kids · Music · Uncategorized

Observations from a Piano Bench

Reading Time: 1 minute

My daughter, Josephine, age 9, sat at her piano, practicing. She called to me from her seat, “Hey Mom! Did you know that a flat is sharp and a sharp is a flat?”

“Say what?”

“The black keys are both sharps AND flats! It just depends on what note you’re playing!”

“That’s neat. So, based on your perspective, the same key can have two totally different names.”

“That’s right! To A, the black note, or the sharp, is a big brother. But to B, the SAME black key is a flat. It’s a little sister.”

Two things: 1. Having your kids learn a musical instrument is an education all by itself. 2. Kids are naturally brilliant and I highly recommend hanging out with some on a regular basis.

Christianity · Kids · Parenting · Pop Culture · Uncategorized

Let’s Ban #BanBossy

Reading Time: 5 minutesSheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, and a bunch of other important people, are on a mission to ban the word “bossy.” They argue that the word is too often used as a negative label describing girls with natural leadership qualities. Really? I thought I was using it to describe someone,… Continue reading Let’s Ban #BanBossy

Books · Kids · Uncategorized · Unschooling

Unschooled by Stuart Little

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“Everyone will now take his or her seat!” commanded Stuart. The pupils filed obediently down the aisles and dropped into their seats and in a moment there was silence in the classroom. Stuart cleared his throat. Seizing a coat lapel in either hand, to make himself look like a professor, Stuart began:
“Anybody absent?”

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Family · God · Kids · Parenting · Uncategorized

Disappointing Your Kids

Reading Time: 7 minutesParents today have too many pressures heaped upon them.  We are bombarded with “expert” opinions and unrealistic expectations on how to raise perfect, well-adjusted, brilliant, beautiful, talented, morally immaculate children.  It’s more than even our Bible heroes could achieve!  Formulas abound.  Plug in these variables and presto!  Get perfect kids!  As if raising children was… Continue reading Disappointing Your Kids

Dreams · God · Kids · Uncategorized · Writing

Well, I Did It

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn May 21, 1927, American aviator Charles Augustus Lindbergh emerged from a single-seat, single-engine monoplane called The Spirit of St. Louis after completing a 33.5 hour non-stop solo flight from New York City to Paris.  While many others attempted this feat prior to Lindbergh, it was the first time that such an endeavor was ever… Continue reading Well, I Did It

Food · Friends · Health · Kids · Parenting · Uncategorized

I…I Will Be Thin Again

Reading Time: 5 minutesHi.  My name is Angela. And I’m…overweight. There.  I said it. I’ve actually known this for a while now.  Now I am not saying this because I am fishing for compliments.  I am saying this because I am finally coming to grips with it.  I’m quite fascinated by this sudden realization, actually, because I’ve never… Continue reading I…I Will Be Thin Again

Bible · Christianity · Depression · God · Kids · Marriage · Money · Uncategorized

Suffering Better

Reading Time: 5 minutesI’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions.  Yet, I find myself reflecting on some things as we enter 2010, thus leading me to a couple resolutions conclusions.  2009 was a really good year for the Buckland family in many ways.  While it seemed that storms were raging all around us, we remained sheltered in what,… Continue reading Suffering Better