Beginning a New Season

Terrell and I  just had a long, fun weekend with our children. Since we're spread out in various cities and states, we treasure the gift of simply being together. Nowadays, we have various devices that enable us to communicate frequently, yet the richness of sharing silly or special moments, listening and talking in person, or…

The Sibling Circus

"Mom! I'm trying to do my homework, and he won't turn his music down!" "Mommyyyyy! He took the truck I was playing with and won't give it back!" "Momma! Will you tell her to get out of the shower? She's been in there forever!" Ah, the memories! Lots of episodes starring our children learning to live together.…

Building Bridges

Siblings.... What comes to mind? Best friend, archrival, giggles, tears, supportive, teasing, inseparable, irritating... It really depends on who you ask!  Growing up, my 3 brothers and I practically did everything together; I have lots of fond memories of just hanging out together ... even being bored, together.  At the same time, because we were…

Sowing and Growing

"Why do I have to go?" "I won't have anything to do there...None of my friends will be there." "It's so boring.  Why are you making me go...I'm not gonna watch." "He doesn't care if I'm there or not.. He won't even notice if I'm not there."These were our children's responses almost every time we…

Coming Together

Well, we found a house!  Thank you, Lord.  Oh my GOODNESS, we looked at so many!  Even when I went to visit friends, I found myself looking at a room or the house layout as though I was considering it. As we entered a house, we quickly determined if particular pieces would fit, like the…

What Do They Want?

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone.  This year there were 25 of us!  For the first time in a while all 3 of my brothers and their families were able to come.  Among us we have 11 children.  Years ago, when all our children were little, we knew we needed to "drain" the children of…

Family Time

Ellison was the first to head back to college this summer.  Yes, I cried.  He was home for only a few days because his summer job was at a camp in NC.  As his arrival home neared, we all got excited because this meant our family would be together.  Every time our family reunites, we…