Just Wondering?

If you let the children get out crackers and eat them all on their own at lunch time … does this make you a good mom for teaching independence and self sufficience?

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Horsin’ Around

Took a little drive through the surrounding farm country with the twins on a bitter winter day while we were waiting for their big brother to finish up an appointment.  We’d done this drive a week or so before, and the twins know we pass several horse farms.

Plum: Horsies not movin’
Me: Mmmhm
Plum: Need battries
Me: What?
Plum (louder): Dey need battries
At that very moment we pass some horses
Plum: Der dey go!  I turn ’em on!
Me: You did?
Plum: Yah.

We pick up big brother from his appointment and he starts in on me again about the plan for when we arrive at home.  As I sigh and begin to give him a hard time about nagging, his tutor says “NO negotiating with terrorists!”  I agree and mention how I’ve got three of them.  Once outside the oldest says, “she meant TOURISTS!”  At which point I crack up and say, “no, she did mean terrorists.”

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A Typical Exchange

Peaches:  It’s not workin’ (as she taps automatic stamper onto the paper), It’s not workin’

Plum:  Here, I get it, I get it (grabs stamper)


Plum: Hmmm, not workin’, it broken.

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The Blues

Come visit me over at The Creative Mama today, where I’ll be singing the blues.

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Change has never been a simple thing for me, and many new beginnings in my life have been surrounded with upheaval and turmoil.  So at the beginning of this new year, I am picking One Little Word to help me welcome change — EMBRACE.

Embrace: (1) to clasp in the arms, to hug. (2) to cherish, love.  (3) to take up especially readily or gladly; to avail oneself of or to welcome.  (4) to take in or include as a part, item or element of a more inclusive whole.

I’ve been working hard to accept the things that come into my life, to accept the limitations of being a mother to young children, to accept the time it takes to affect change.  But this year I want to greet my opportunities with open arms, I want to revel in what lies in my everyday, I want to jump in and see a difference.  I think I am ready.

Ready to

  • embrace my creative side and declare it proudly
  • remember to embrace my oldest, because he still needs it
  • embrace my little ones before they aren’t little any longer
  • hold on to and embrace my family, near and far, as our time together is fragile
  • dive in and embrace new endeavors
  • embrace my body and the power that lies within it
  • seek out other like-minded individuals in my community and embrace budding friendships
  • nurture and embrace the love that created this wonderful marriage and life together
  • acknowledge and embrace my past, as it has made me the person I am today
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Catching up (as always)

This month I’m featuring posts as a part of #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.  I’m catching up on several prompts.

December 23 – New Name. Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?  (Author: Becca Wilcott)

I often wished for a new name (4th grade had 5 Amys).  Now there are lots of names I love, but I’m not sure I can pick one that I think would fit me.  I do however liked to be called by my full name, Amy Lynn.  I think maybe if I needed a new name, that is what I would pick, Lynn.


December 24 Prompt – Everything’s OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?  (Author: Kate Inglis)

Lately it seems to be the little moments.  Watching the kids conquer some task with ease.  Seeing them becoming their own person.  Seeing them gain confidence.  Even on the days where I think I’m going crazy with the fighting and the chaos, it’s those little moments that remind me — they will grow up and come out okay.  We all will.


December 25 – Photo – a present to yourself.  Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.  (Author: Tracey Clark)

I took this shot, using my tripod and my remote.  It was the first self-portrait I took for a group called BAM on Flickr.  BAM is about self-confidence, loving yourself (no matter how you look), celebrating what makes you YOU.  I was so excited to embrace this project — a self-portrait a week for one year.  I started it wearing these jeans that I had bought after my first child was born … and then never wore for 7 years.  I carried them through 2 cross-country moves, knowing it would be awhile (maybe never) until I fit into them.  But there was something about them that had called out to me in the thrift store.  Maybe it was imagining who the young girl had been who worked so hard on the embroidery.  Maybe it was the bohemian girl I wished I was.  Maybe it was the funky mama I dreamed of being.  But I kept them.  And this summer, I got them on.  Maybe next summer I’ll learn to wear them with abandon.


December 26 – Soul Food.  What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?  (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

Sadly, I can think of no amazing gourmet meal that sang to my soul.  But boy were there a lot of mornings where I really, really loved that first morning cup of coffee.

Join me Monday over at The Creative Mama for some reflections on holiday traditions.

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Hello Friend

This month I’m featuring posts as a part of #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.

December 16 – Friendship How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

I’ve thought a lot about friendships this past year.  This has been a big transition year for me, and unfortunately there hasn’t been much time for world altering perspectives — wait, that was supposed to be altered world perspectives, or is it perspectives that alter the world?  Anyway, mostly it seems that friendships have altered how I view myself this year.  I’ve met some online friends in real life, and watched as they’ve merged my online person and the “live” me.  I’ve witnessed some online friends face challenges, and seen shades of my younger self in how they dealt with things — giving me an appreciation for the (tiny bit of) patience and perspective I’ve gained in my older age.  I’ve had a new friend tell me openly how she saw me — and that was a touching moment.  I’ve encountered many wonderful women who are open with their struggles to be creative and still mother with their whole heart.  All of these friends have impacted my life this year.  I hope in some way my presence here has offered something to their lives as well.  I’m hoping in the coming year I can cultivate more such relationships, and more of them face-t0-face.

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