Deployments can be counted in days, in weeks, or in months. For our family countdown, I prefer weeks, because the numbers are less intimidating than days. But in my head I count in months. I have a hard enough time remembering what year it is, so counting in months is a good way to have a general idea of how much longer it will be. And since deployments often have only 7 or 9 or 12 months, I think that means every month deserves its own special celebration! Whether or not you have kids, whether… Read Article →

Being a single parent is tough. Being a single parent who is greatly outnumbered is even tougher. Sometimes just taking a shower is a challenge. I have come to accept that I really can’t plan to shower in the morning. If my kids are awake, someone will inevitably come into my room with a question or a complaint. Never mind that I can barely hear them with the water running. They will continue to stand there mumbling and repeating themselves until the other siblings join them to tell their side of the story. And then… Read Article →

Back in the day, when we only had 1 or 2 children who wore tiny little baby clothes, I thought we had so much laundry. It took so long to fold all those tiny clothes and sort them into neat little piles. But at least I could fit everyone’s darks or whites into one laundry load together. But now we have 4 kids, and their clothes keep getting bigger. I have to do a load of laundry every day to keep up. (And that doesn’t count my bed-wetter,which is several extra loads per week.) So… Read Article →

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