Hattie Peck

Landry wanted me to read a book called Hattie Peck to her while she settled in for a nap today. She’s been battling high fever and a cough with the flu. I started reading the story and it began explaining that Hattie Peck only had one egg and it never hatched. She thought about eggs all the time. She wanted eggs so badly that she decided to go find all the abandoned eggs she could find. Landry interrupted me and {Read More}

Speak into the Chaos

I really enjoy listening to Focus on the Family’s podcasts on my phone while I fold laundry or cook supper. If you don’t have their app on your phone I strongly encourage you to download it. It’s free! So the other day I was listening to Shaunti Felhahn’s talk called “Changing Your Relationships Through the Power of Kindness”. I learned there are three components to kindness. One is not being negative. I can’t remember the other two. I figure applying {Read More}

Cabin Fever-Induced Goal Setting of 2016

I am afraid of goal setting. There. I said it. It stresses me out. I don’t like looking in the mirror and feeling the way I judge myself for not meeting my own expectations. However, I got tricked into goal setting this year. The day after Christmas brought Goliath or Snowmageddon or whatever we’re supposed to call the blizzard that dumped around 10″ of snow on us in the Panhandle. We hadn’t left the house much for about a week {Read More}

Jodi’s 2015 Thanksgiving Top 10 Family Moments

Everyone knows getting together with the family for big holidays can be challenging at times, but they can also be incredibly fun. I had a fabulous time with my folks. Jodie and I even got to sneak off to Weatherford and go on a date. It was great! And for real, you can’t make this stuff up. Here’s a snapshot of my Thanksgiving. 10. Getting stuck inside the house with 11 other people for more than three days due to {Read More}

Remembering a Legacy of Love

Another saint finished her race and I’ll miss her until we meet again. My great-aunt Barbara Wheat passed away this weekend. She was my maternal grandmother’s sister. I can’t even come close to listing all the great memories I have of spending time with her whole brood. But I’m in the mood to reminisce, so climb in with me as I give you a little tour down memory lane. Barbara was married to Ralph Gary Buck Wheat. We called him {Read More}

Back to School Musings

School will start in 5 days. We’ve got a 1st grader. She’s nervous, but ready to meet her teacher and get this party started. My middle daughter will turn 5 on the first day of school. My DH and I decided that we would hold her back a year and let her mature just a bit more so she wouldn’t be the youngest in her class. She and my youngest will go to a Mother’s Day Out program two days {Read More}

Swimming Lessons

Lesca Durham. When we moved here 7 years ago I remember hearing the name of everyone’s favorite swim teacher, but no matter how many times I heard people say her name or even spell it for me I couldn’t seem to wrap my brain around it. Well, fast forward to Summer 2015 and our three girls are finally learning from the famed Miss Lesca. My parents came in town this weekend and Dad decided he’d come to the girls’ first {Read More}

What is Success for Me as a Parent?

“No success without a successor.” Peter Drucker Mr. Drucker paraphrased the book of Ecclesiastes well. “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14 Begs the question, “Who am I pouring into?” For me the answer is easy: my children. I pray I equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in life-and that’s a whole lot more than just financial success. I want to train them {Read More}

Honor: What’s Growing on Here?

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of gathering with my family and celebrating my dad’s retirement from his 27 year career with his airline company. I’m not sure my words can do justice to what my heart felt as many, many people shook his hand, hugged his neck, drove/flew hundreds of miles to honor him and wish him well in his retirement. People kept coming up to me and telling me how much they appreciated his kind manners, friendship and {Read More}

Halloween and Morning Routines

I just decided this morning that I hate Halloween. It’s not even because I grew up in a home where we chose to not celebrate Satan’s holiday. Side note: I distinctly remember my mom creating a Noah’s Ark costume for me out of posterboard, suspenders and stuffed animals when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. This is funny to me mostly because my mom was not particularly known for her crafting skills nor was I totally on board {Read More}