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Those 3a.m. Phone Calls Though

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It may or may not have recently happened that a certain young adult in our family became a nanny for the teen offspring of a celebrity couple.

Above mentioned young adult was commissioned to spend nights in luxurious mansion looking after said teen.

Said teen may or may not have taken it into her head that while naive young adult was on watch would be the perfect time to throw a covert overnight party, complete with boys and beer.

Young adult calls home around 10 p.m. when this plan was discovered, and in whispered tones asks how she should handle it. The very wise mother of the young adult encourages her to let the teens know that no such party would be allowed and they should all leave the premises pronto.

Young adult expresses that she is unsure she can muster the authority to enforce such action on a group of rowdy teens since she has no experience with this type of behavior and she is not more than a few years older than the teens herself.

Very Wise Mother instructs the young adult to listen to the tone of her voice and channel all the lectures she has ever been given by Very Wise Mother, march in to the party confidently with shoulders back, and with as steady a voice as she can fake, command the teens to leave.

Young Adult does so, but calls back to say the teen in her charge nervously tried to convince her not to set the security alarm because her mother “never does that.”

Very Wise Mother advises Young Adult that it sounds very much like Sneaky Teen was planning to continue her party after Young Adult went to bed, so she should definitely set the alarm and have a thorough look around teen’s room before turning in.

Around 3 a.m. Very Wise Mother gets a third phone call from Very Scared Young Adult notifying her that the security alarm is going off. Very Wise Mother tells Young Adult that she is sure a leftover teen partier has stayed in the house to continue the party, and that Young Adult must go to Rebellious Teen’s room to check it thoroughly, including under the bed and in the closet.

3:15 a.m. Young adult texts that everything is fine now.

3:30 a.m. – Fourth phone call. Another alarm sounds after Fake Asleep Teen pretends not to know what is going on.

Very Wise (and Mean) Mother strongly suggests Young Adult should call 911 since Fake Asleep Teen reported that she did not have anyone in her room, and that could only mean an intruder is in the house.

4:00 a.m. Fifth phone call to report the police came and checked the residence, not finding anything out of order. Very Mean, Sleepy Mother instructs Young Adult to phone Celebrity Mother to let her know what her darling has been up to. She also tells Young Adult to prepare to be fired for doing what was called for.

4:30 a.m. Very Worried Mother calls Weary Young Adult to ensure she is alright. All seems quiet in Celebrity Mansion and Young Adult assures Mother she can handle things.

8:00 a.m. Young Unfired Adult drives Grounded Teen to school in the Rich People Car and tells her to have a great day.

Did you enjoy reading this? Try the true story, “And Then A Scorpion Fell Out of My Pants.” 

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On Teens

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Right this moment, I am the mom of exactly four teenagers, plus four kids, ten and under.

I’m here to tell you, friends, parenting isn’t for cowards.

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions, but one thing is sure. There’s always an adventure ahead. Yes, I like to call them adventures. It sounds so much more, well, adventurous than “struggles” or “problems,” don’t you think?

Just so you know, sometimes my teens do things that really disappoint me. Heck, sometimes I do things that really disappoint me. I usually don’t choose to write about those things here. Not so you will think I’m perfect or I have the perfect family, but for the sake of preserving the privacy and dignity of those needing and receiving mercy and grace for their mistakes.

Having said that, I have a story to tell all you moms who wonder if your kids will ever do what’s right when you’re not there to remind them, “Say thank you,” “Mind your manners,” “Be nice,” and so on.

As I was running errands recently, I ran into a lady from church and she said, “I need to tell you something about your son.”

Now, if you’re like me and if you’ve been a mom very long, you know that what follows this kind of statement could go either way.

So my heart skipped a beat, and I held my breath and said a silent prayer that it wouldn’t be something a) costly to repair, or b) illegal.

She said, “We were at the movie theater while he was working and an elderly man fell. Jackson was the first person to get to him and help him up. He cleaned up the mess and got him a fresh drink. I was so impressed!”

SHEW! A good report is always so welcome and such a relief.

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Take heart, mamas! All your loving and training and discipline and encouragement matters. That same kid who is breaking windows, and getting into fistfights, and apologizing (at your insistence) to little old ladies will grow up and make you proud!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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Here are a few of my favorite things right now.

Cameron 15

This girl is definitely one of my favorites! She is 15 years old today. I wish everyone had a girl like my Cameron. She loves only 2 things: People and Life.

Breakfast StationsThese breakfast stations are GENIUS! Kids can get their own healthy breakfast from a stash of already prepared options.

Pack 1 includes:

  •  yogurt filled crepes
  • oatmeal muffins
  • energy balls
  • instant oatmeal packs
  • gluten-free cereal
  • pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars
  • breakfast burritos

Pack 2 includes:

  • pancake muffins
  • mini quiche
  • croissant breakfast sandwiches
  • smoothie packs
  • french toast sticks

Get your breakfast station here.

essential oils rack

I ordered this wire rack from Amazon to hold all my essential oils, and I am in love! It has plenty of rom to hold all my favorite essential oils, plus extra space to hold all the oils I would love to try but haven’t got yet. (Fortunately, I am earning points every month to get FREE oils, so it will be simple to fill it up!)

This is the third time I’ll be using DriversEd.com for teaching one of my teens to drive. If you know someone who needs a parent taught drivers’ ed. course, pass this along to them so they will get 40% off!

schoolhouse rock

This anniversary edition Schoolhouse Rock, of one of my favorite memories from childhood tv, is on sale for only $9.99!

Emelyn ballet

Here’s another favorite. This girl has waited her “whole life” and is finally taking ballet lessons. It makes me smile to watch her.

What are your favorite things right now?

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A Day in the Life of a Preschooler

A day in the life of a preschooler

  • Wake and notice no one else is up yet.
  • Put on Winnie the Pooh costume. Leave pajamas on floor.
  • Go into kitchen to see what’s cookin’.
  • Open silverware drawer for no reason. Hang on it. Leave it open.
  • Take single bite out of apple. Note that it wasn’t as juicy as expected. Put apple back in fruit bowl.
  • Change into last year’s Easter dress. Leave Pooh costume on dining room table.
  • Hug kitty cat. Wonder if kitty cats can pop if squeezed very firmly.
  • Drop kitty and lick scratches kitty left on arm.
  • Wander into bathroom and “help” Mommy peel the stickers off the giant bandaids she keeps under the sink.
  • Change into gymnastics suit with leggings and snow boots. Try 12 times to throw Easter dress onto ceiling fan. Leave dress on floor.
  • Undress big sister’s American Girl doll.
  • Hear big sister coming. Drop doll and scram.
  • Disregard repeated signals from very full bladder that it needs to be emptied.
  • Pee in pants.
  • Strip naked. Leave wet clothes in pile on floor.
  • Painstakingly and carefully write name on bedroom wall from right to left in all caps. Remind self to deny writing name on bedroom wall.
  • Remember nudity is frowned upon. Put on swimsuit and tutu.
  • Go back to kitchen for more to eat.
  • Dump Lucky Charms on floor. Scoop handful from floor into bowl. Leave remaining Lucky Charms on floor. Leave bowl on fireplace.
  • Decide eggs would be “healFier” for breakfast than cereal. Go outside to collect eggs.
  • Get distracted by need to chase chickens.
  • Remember egg mission and try to ride tricycle up steps to hen house.
  • Ditch tricycle and go inside on foot. Hold edge of tutu with one hand and put eggs in with the other.
  • Trip while going down steps.
  • Smear smashed eggs off tutu while crying.
  • Spot one egg on ground that didn’t break open. Wipe tears with dirty hands and retrieve egg. Only 3 cracks!
  • Go inside and see that the numbers on the microwave clock say “7:02.” Time to wake Mama!
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Standing in the Gap (Part 2)

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I finally decided I would attend the board meeting, and my children agreed to stand beside me holding up the projects they had been working so hard on.

The meeting time approached and I was a nervous wreck. Why was I even trying this crazy stunt? They had never allowed late entries before. Why would they allow us in this time?

When we walked into the meeting, and I immediately wanted to turn around and go home. The room was filled with weather worn ranchers and ranchers’ wives. They eyed me suspiciously.

I introduced myself to the president, tall and graying, dressed in work boots and head to toe denim, topped with a cowboy hat.

When I told him who I was and why I was there with my children, he said with a slow drawl, “Young lady, you’re welcome to address the board, but it won’t do any good.”

I tried desperately not to let the children see that I already felt defeated.

The meeting opened and the president introduced us and we walked to the front. I was shaking. My voice was unsteady.

I began my story of how I had overlooked the new rule of including w-9 forms with the paperwork turned in for entry into the county stock show. I placed all the blame on myself, and pleaded with them not to punish the children for my mistake. I pointed out the quilts and dresses they were holding up that they had already completed in anticipation of showing them.

I looked out onto a sea of stoic faces. The president was looking down solemnly at a paper he was holding, arms crossed.

I finished by asking them to please make an exception to the “no late entries” rule and allow us to participate. I thanked them for allowing me to address them and the children and I filed out.

When we got to the van, I told the kids it didn’t go well and we probably wouldn’t get to participate. They already knew. “At least you tried, Mama,” one said as we drove away silently.

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I wondered if I should have just accepted defeat. Why was I asking for special favor? Why did I think my children deserved an exception?

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The fact is that I knew the mistake was mine, and I hated to think of my children fulfilling all the obligations that were required of them, even going above and beyond what was required, and then being penalized because I had overlooked a new requirement.

And I knew if I didn’t go to bat for them, stand in the gap for them when they couldn’t ask for favor themselves, that no one else would do it. What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t ask for my children not to be punished for my mistake?

I felt at peace knowing I had done all I could to fix my mistake. All I could do was ask. Now we would wait to hear the answer, but we all felt like it would be “no.”

That’s why we all whooped and hollered and were knocked off our feet with surprise when we got the phone call the next day that the board had voted, after much debate and discussion, to allow late entries for the first time in its history!

We will be participating in the county stock show, and my children will get to show their quilts, dresses, goats, art work, and all the rest of the projects they have been working diligently on! 

We are absolutely thrilled!

We have learned some important lessons during this trial:

  • Mom should inquire as to any new requirements in paperwork before the deadline.
  • It never hurts to ask.
  • You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
  • Mom is a child’s most important and powerful advocate.
  • You never know what can be accomplished until you try.
  • Burly men in weathered cowboy hats can still have tender hearts.
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I wrote this with my kids, ages 7 – 13, in mind, and it includes printable pages with dotted lines for copying the scripture and completing the S.O.A.P. method of Bible study for each scripture. (You can see a video of my then-kindergartener doing S.O.A.P. here.) There is also a cursive and a printed example of the scripture for the purpose of copy work, so this can even qualify as your child’s handwriting assignment.

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