For my entire married life (all seven plus years of it) my husband has had an erratic schedule. Over the years, we developed a system where he would call me when he was ready to head home so I would know when to expect him. The range, on days when he worked a “normal” shift… Continue reading The dinnertime dilemma
The first days of Pesach have come and gone. The four cups of wine were poured and consumed, the mah nishtana asked, the front door opened to greet Elihayu haNavi. Our new home was filled with the sounds and smells of family and holiday togetherness. It was wonderful.
Seventeen days That’s all the time we have left in Charm City. The movers are coming on the 24th to pack all our possessions into boxes, and they will return on the 25th to load those boxes, and our furniture, into a big, probably enormous, truck. We’ll pack our children and immediately needed possessions into… Continue reading On Endings and Beginnings
This week was the much-publicized Great Challah Bake and Shabbos Project. I was totally excited about both these events, but, much to my dismay, I didn’t participate in either! What?! Yes. The Challah Bake was scheduled on Thursday. On Wednesday, I realized that my husband was scheduled to work the 2 pm to 1 am shift… Continue reading On Being a Non-Participant
The summer really is drawing to a close. My Facebook feed is full of pictures of the first day of school, talk of purchasing supplies and the arrival of uniforms. We successfully made it through Camp Mommy, took multiple road trips, added both a sandbox *and* a trampoline to our yard, and even found a… Continue reading Pushing the Boundaries
I got this Facebook message a while back: “Now that I have three [kids] I have no idea how you look put together, write blog posts, practice music, buy groceries, eat, sleep, drink, etc. Any tips?” What a nice message to receive! My ego got a sorely needed boost. What’s that, you say? Well, most of the… Continue reading Give Yourself the Credit You’re Due
I didn’t intend for this post to be for Mother’s Day, but now that it worked out this way it seems so entirely appropriate. We’ve been in the midst of some sort of potty training for what seems like forever. Really, it’s been two or three years. Two or three years in the trenches of incentives, little… Continue reading Potty Training Haiku
Since today is my day to be a featured blogger over at SITS, and some new faces (hi!) will be popping by to check out my blog, I had all this ambition to craft a witty, intelligent and finely written post to highlight all the stuff I write about, and, more important, to convey my… Continue reading The “Only A Mom” Myth
“…one who runs from honor will have it pursue him.” – Talmud (Eruvin 13b) This phrase came up a number of times last week as we clung to family following the tragic passing of my sister-in-law, Ahuva*, a”h. She was a tremendous woman, someone who loved Torah and mitzvos and strived to observe them in… Continue reading Life is Short; Make the Most of It
This year, I learned a more refined way to describe the phenomenon of picky preschoolers from my son’s nursery school teacher. Instead of calling them “picky eaters,” she says they have “discriminating palates.” Isn’t that nice? After I shared some of the struggles of dinner time at our house, many mothers shared with me that… Continue reading Cute Dinner Trays for Kids – Giveaway!