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How Being a Reader Can Make You Rich and Popular

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Books, Family | 7 comments

Supply and demand – the theory that drives most transactions. If you have a rare talent, a precious commodity, you can charge what you will for it. Those who need your services have to pay. Case in point – our daughter Reagan. My kids and I spend a lot of time sharing books aloud. Our homeschooling curriculum (Sonlight Curriculum) is literature-rich, so every school day finds us gathered around a book. And even when school is finished, the kids prefer to hear their favorite books aloud. By far the best reader of the bunch is our 15 yo daughter Reagan. Reagan’s readings are performances. She has different voices for the characters. She does accents. She draws out the suspenseful portions until I’m tempted to rip the book out of her hands and read ahead. Reagan has talent. Her sisters...

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How I Found Myself Hiding in a Stranger’s Closet

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Family, Oklahoma | 6 comments

We take our storms seriously in Central Oklahoma. We have to. Living within 15 miles of three of the largest tornadoes mankind has ever recorded makes one cautious, but prepared. Our meteorologists have it down to a precise science, able to predict when the skies are going to be particularly unstable. May 31st was just such a day. The best story I heard firsthand was from my sister, who has a history of finding herself in unique circumstances. Becky’s Story (or my version of it, anyway) We knew it was going to be bad. We were warned. Even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, we left the park before late afternoon when the storms usually fire up. I had the boys home (Walker-10, Weston-8, Wyatt-5) and the weather on when my husband Jeff called. “What are we...

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If You Could Keep Only One Letter from Your Mother…

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Family | 7 comments

Most everyone has a shoe box tucked away brimming with crisp letters that they cherish. With all our e-mailing and Facebook messaging I hope we don’t forget to occasionally send an honest-to-goodness letter on stationery – something that can be stumbled upon years later. Going through an old book this week I found a note from my mother tucked between the pages, and it was everything you hope to find in a discovery of correspondence past. Sure, it reflected on a significant event, but more importantly it sounded like her. No one else (with the possible exceptions of my cousins Cindy and Lori) would write with such heartfelt conviction. If I could only keep one letter from my mother, it would be this one (unless she writes me an even better one someday).  (Dated, summer of my senior year)...

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What Were They Thinking?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Family, History | 7 comments

Last week I went on a trip with my mom, aunt, sisters and my sister-in-law to Boston and Plymouth, a wonderful opportunity to participate in one of my favorite past-times…daydreaming. I love standing at historical sites and imagining the thoughts and emotions that must have overwhelmed the participants. For instance, were the British soldiers afraid for their safety as they stood in front of the State House amid a mob pelting them with snowballs and rocks? When they heard the call “Fire” were they surprised that their commander would order them to fire on the townspeople? Did they question whether that voice was their commander’s or question the direction from whence the call came? Imagine Paul Revere’s impatience as he stood here on the shore and watched for the lanterns to shine in the white steeple across the way....

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The Beautiful Failures of Freedom

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Christian Life, Family | 1 comment

While watching the Olympics we’re often given a glimpse into the daily routines of the athletes – the hours of practice, special diets, and focused training they receive. I’m always interested in the spots that focus on the training camps of the Communist countries. They appear successful in producing the constructed, the designed, the model competitors we often see on the winners’ stand. And I wonder could we accomplish more if we were more focused on producing winners? Could we reach greater achievements if we gave our children fewer choices? In many cases, the answer is yes. If children who demonstrate a propensity toward athleticism were taken from their parents while still malleable and placed in training camps we might produce more star performers. If distractions like relationships, education and social contact were withheld they might feel a greater...

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The Smart Momma’s Facebook Pledge

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Christian Life, Family | 12 comments

All mothers talk about their kids. We brag, we whine, we ask for prayer, but they are our favorite topic. And if we occasionally share Too Much Information we know that the handful of friends who heard us will forgive and pretend to forget. Unfortunately social media doesn’t work that way. You might have only vented to one friend in real life, but online it could be read by hundreds of people. Your unguarded confession could come back to haunt you…and your children. And so, in the interest of protecting our children, our reputations and the general public I propose a pledge for smart Mommas everywhere. 1. I will not fight with the father of my children on Facebook. Yes, my husband and I joke, we tease, we tell stories on each other, but if there’s an issue between us, it...

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