A Tribe ... with a ministry...living life!



Posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:02 AM Comments comments (0)

There are 3 things I should never, ever, never, ever

run out of if I want to keep peace and harmony in my home:

1. Ranch Dressing

2. Ketchup or Catsup (if you prefer) and

3. Syrup

If it were possible I would also have nacho cheese on hand but I have yet a way to figure out how to acquire me one of them nacho cheese machines.

Sometimes at our house we have pancakes for breakfast. Grammy's homemade buttermilk pancakes. Mmmmmm'mmmm!

But when 7 people hav...

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A-tisket A-tasket Abby won a basket!

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (2)

I took the twins to a Family Fun Day at our local YMCA last weekend.

They enjoyed bounce houses, door prizes, freebies and coloring contests. Abby particularly enjoyed the coloring contest. While I sat on the bleachers, precariously balancing their overstuffed bags of goodies, Abby meticulously colored her paper.


Typical Abby-style. She can't be rushed or hurried along for anything. I've never met a child who took her own sweet time as much ...

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A Seed Sowns Grows

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM Comments comments (0)

We try and teach our children the importance of giving.

We talk about


we model it

but the bottom line is that we can't "make" them particpate in giving or even want to give.


Last Sunday we gathered our Tribe around the dining room table. Together we ate a hearty breakfast, shared stories from our week and enjoyed each others company (all a rare event in our typical over crowded schedule).


My husband...

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Liar! Liar! Pants of Fire!

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM Comments comments (0)

(this article appears in the 1/18/11 edition of The Review Atlas a Gatehouse Media Company)


My little girl is a liar. It’s sad but true. I’ve taught her that honesty is the best policy. She knows I expect her to be truthful and that in our home we strive to live a life full of integrity but despite all my guidance she lied and even worse, hid the evidence.


Thankfully she’s a mere six years old and her con s...

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Menu Monday 9/20

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Breakfast - buttermilk pancakes

Dinner - Manacoti (made double and froze for later), Spinach Salad & Garlic Bread (save some for Thursday)


Dinner - Tacos (ground up 5#s of meat and save some for chili later)


Breakfast - Homemade Egg McMuffins (prep chicken & bread dough during breakfast)

Dinner - Chicken Supreme, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Homemade White Bread


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You can't let those boys out of your sight for a minute!

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Ebay strolled into the kitchen like he does any other day; grumpy, disheveled and pawing around for breakfast. When I noticed a long, red, semi-serious looking mark running across the base of his neck. I was startled and asked, "Son! what did you do to your neck?". He didn't seem to know what I was referring to. He ran to the mirror to look for himself.

"Gosh! Mom! I have no idea!"

"Does it hurt?"

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Back to $chool

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)

I did a little research and it seems most estimates say that the typical American family spends about $300 per child in getting them ready to go back to school.

I don't know about you but that seems like a bit daunting. These next few weeks are very busy with doctor appointments, registration dates and gearing up for sports clinics and such. 

Here's how we're doing so far:


school supplies $33

more school supplies $21

High Sch...

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Summer Bucket List

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)

At the onset of summer I wrote an article for The Daily Review Atlas entitled School's Our for Summer encouraging families to make time for fun and local adventure. This not only keeps the kids entertained (without a T.V. screen) but it creates opportunity for bonds to be strengthened amongst siblings and family members!

Well lest you think I'm a hypocrite I...

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A True Mother's Day Story

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:27 PM Comments comments (0)

I should have known I was asking for 'it'. I mean really?!? As soon as I posted a blog about a fond Mother's Day memory, I should have known I released the gods of irony to unleash their fury on my next Mother's Day.


First of all Aaron is out of town, er ... I mean country. So the Tribe was left to their own devices for Mom's Day celebrations. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty low.


Allow me to back track . . .


3 days before&#...

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Do we LOOK too much?

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM Comments comments (0)

I took the kids to play at the park the other day. It made me wonder if we rely on our sight too much. I think we do. I think so because I am a parent of young children.

Let me explain.

When kids fall down what do they do first?

Look at the injury.

Look for damage.

Look for blood.

In fact, the level of tears shed is directly related to the amount of blood spilled!

Haven't you seen this?

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