Day 20: This Is Who We Are

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is WEEKEND. Go!



//  “Thank God, It’s Friday!”

We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. We’ve even had lunch at the restaurant on occasion… but why do I struggle to believe it?

It’s simple. Because being a Mom is difficult, and sometimes I’d rather be alone on the weekend instead of surrounded by little people who have been entertained all week by their teachers and classmates. (gasp, did she just say that out loud?)

Yes, I did! Let’s be honest here. When you are a Mom, weekends aren’t relaxing… they are busier and noisier than ever.

Friday’s around here are the days when kids want to have extra friends over for play dates. It’s when supper needs to be a flexible affair because everyone is coming and going, and there’s youth group in the evening.

But it’s also when our friends will pop over for a movie night with popcorn and coffee. It’s when homework and chores are forgotten, and people connections are remembered.  FRIDAYS ARE AWESOME!

Then comes Saturday. . .

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Day 16: 9 TIPS for Entertaining Little Ones on a Long Plane Trip

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is LITTLE. Go!



//  So, in light of yesterday’s post about when we made the decision to move to South Africa, today’s prompt word―LITTLE―gave me the brilliant idea of writing a list of “Tips and Tricks for Traveling Internationally with Little Children.”

The problem was that, after an hour and a half, I was STILL writing. Apparently, ten years of dragging our kids around the planet has taught us a few things. (What a great topic for another book! Watch this space…)

So, for the purpose of this simple writing exercise, and the fact that I don’t want to blather on so long that you exit this page, I’m going to limit this post to



The first time we flew, we told the kids that the ONLY toys they could take with them to South Africa (for a 4 month long trip) had to fit into their backpack. We thought it would help them reduce the amount of stuff they brought.

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Day 6: Beautiful Silence

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge.

I have a confession. I just can’t set the five-minute timer today. It’s been such a chaotic 24 hours with computer issues, my hard drive crashing, and our fridge acting up. Simply too much stress and I can’t take any more adrenalin. Thanks for understanding. ♥

The prompt word for today is SILENCE. (how ironic) Go!



Those who know me well know that I recharge in silence.

Those who know my family well know that they don’t. Ironic, eh?

  • My husband recharges with loud music and movies.
  • Eldest daughter―loud music and her dog.
  • Eldest son―loud music and drums.
  • Younger son―loud music and guitars.
  • Youngest daughter―loud music and arts & crafts.

Can you see the pattern here? At any given time, you can hear anywhere from two to four different ‘noise zones’ in our house. It’s crazy and wonderful at the same time.

I am well aware that, once the kids move out of the house, one of the things parents say they miss the most is the Hustle & Bustle (loosely translated noise and chaos) of the family around them. I get it! So, I’m determined not to waste my moments pining for silence. But, Jesus help me, I still need to cope with my desperate need for a quiet place to think.      Read more