Carney Kid Lit October 2016: Wild

About two months ago I launched a new blog series called Carney Kid Lit.  I promised to post weekly installments highlighting 3 children’s books we have read and loved.  Aren’t I so precious?  Weekly.  3 books.  Bless my heart.  Over-promise and under-deliver, that’s the key to success, ammiright? But while I haven’t been logging, we…

Body: Tight Pants

Recently my friend Sara and I have been having discussions about our pants.  This has been going on for some time, a shared angst over the fact that they just don’t seem to want to fit.  Similar in size, age, and stature, Sara & I have been puzzled by this strange phenomenon visited upon us…

Chipotle Man (With a Note Regarding Bearded Dan)

Dan and I had a layover in Baltimore on our way home from the Dominican Republic.  Customs was the intimidating process it is when one only travels internationally every 9 years (Side Note:  When I laid eyes on the gleaming rows of self-serve passport scanners, I said aloud: “Really, America??” Let’s face it, our You-Scan…

Why Are You Adopting?

Why do you want to adopt? There are kids who need families.  We are a family.  The whole family with kids thing?  School, swim team, homework, the state fair, the neighborhood pool, sledding in our front yard?  We’re already doing that.  It’s already in session. Why from foster care?   Because these are kiddos right here…

Carney Kid Lit August 2016: Delightful Picture Books

It’s no secret…I love books.  And I’ve worked hard to instill a love of literature in my wee ones, I have.  I firmly believe in the benefits of early literacy.  But also?  We go to the library a lot just plain because I love the library.  I read to them most often because it calms…

What This is Not

What This Is Not By Mary Oliver This is not just surprise and pleasure. This is not just beauty sometimes too hot to touch. This is not a blessing with a beginning and a end. This is not just a wild summer. This is not conditional. “Are you going to get up early again tomorrow?”…

Caught

It might be a good idea to let someone else run the world for awhile He said You know, since you’ve had such a long turn. Seems like an awful lot could go wrong said She. I tried once and nothing got done. Maybe let go just a little longer this time He said. Try…

Good Pain, Bad Pain

Inspired by today’s reading in Shauna Niequist’s book “Savor” entitled “Two Kinds of Pain” Dedicated to all my friends who wonder if they should stay or if they should go. So, confession: I don’t know if I can workout at home. I want to believe I can. I know what a huge phenomenon P90X and…

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday There is a rhythm, a habit to how my Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays flow through the school year. I drop all three of the children off at school in the morning (Graham only attends M, T, W), just before 8:00 AM. Of course, before that time is the flurry of getting dressed,…

On What Is More True

This was written the the late Michigan fall/ early Michigan winter of 2012.  I know I mention that it’s 22 degrees in the story, but that really doesn’t help narrow down the exact date/season in Michigan. It may have actually been July.  My children were 6 years, 3 years, and about 22 months. As I…

Do Something

So I struggle with many aspects of American Christian culture (whole ‘nother conversation), but pretty much the only radio station the kids and I listen to in the car is K-LOVE, a Christian music one. First of all, no commercials (although I often think I’d gladly endure them during the biannual pledge drives). Second of…

Less is One Word

Tap, tap. Is this thing on? (Insert screech of feedback. I’m standing too close. Squinting and backing up now.) I’m 31 years old. I think myself tech-savvy because I can navigate my iPhone with equal to slightly greater ease than that of my three-year old. But this “starting a blog” thing, I tell you what….