Cooking with Papa

A few weeks ago at my Monday night writing group, we talked about the word should. There are so many things we feel like we should do,...

2021

I've been never been not so focused in my life - well, except for possibly when my family expanded from three to four, we moved ten days...

I Struggle

I struggle today... Brandi shares her thoughts on her struggles today during this Covid-19 time.

Rest

I took time this weekend to rest. It proved to be an eventful weekend just the same. My children both learned how to ride their bikes...

Remembering

My son just blurted out, "Tori, it's going to take us 120 minutes to get to Ottumwa." He used his math skills to figure out that 2 hours...

Bestie for Valentine's

It's February. That means that when there's a bajillion snow days, I make Valentine's with my kids. My 8 year old, second grader, like...

Be Kind to the Water

Water is an amazing substance. It can be a solid, liquid, or gas, and yet its chemical properties are the same. It is always two parts...

Deep Water

I've been listening to this voice. The one that says, "Live courageously. The water is sometimes raging, but live courageously anyways!"...

Go Float Yourself

If there was a magical place where you could float yourself away to another dimension, would you go? I would-and I do, regularly. I...

2019 - Happy New Year

Ten years ago, we made our annual New Year's Eve sparkler bomb with 960 sparklers. For ringing in 2019, I definitely didn't see the New...