Serving

I rarely feel the size of our family quite as keenly as I do when sickness is afoot. This past month has given me plenty of opportunity to do the math, and last week, it only got worse. We’re now mid-stream in an admittedly losing battle against influenza that has given me no room to think “we’re not really that big of a family.” Because if nothing else, solving the equation that pits our family’s population against two bathrooms when the flu is mixed in makes me acknowledge that we’re working with some real numbers here.

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Early morning math {Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2}

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We are living math people. In the early years, when numeracy and concepts are forming, we choose not to choose from the many wonderful math curricula on the market, instead focusing on a less formal, more experience-based progression of mathematical skills. Mathematical thinking starts far earlier than you might expect; at almost 4, Simon may not know what to do when confronted with the written problem “6 divided by 2,” but you can bet that if I have six grapes and he’s sharing with his little brother, he sure as shooting is going to let me know that they can each have three.

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Lessons from a weekend

We’ve had a bug slowly meandering through our family, afflicting members one by one, bringing this one some sniffles and nothing more, leaving that one in bed with a fever for a day and a half. It’s the “no fun” part of the start to cooler weather, but all in all, it’s just a niggling little First World side note. Even Jude, whose version has resisted my elderberry/oil/tea protocol for two weeks now, is nowhere near the line that divides sick from sick. And if he were, well… doctors.  See? First World problems.

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Freeze frame

My sons hate posing for photos. They loathe it. It’s been a long time in coming, this distaste, but it’s full blown now, and I can sense it every time I pull out my camera. There’s the slinking away from the scene as I locate my subject, the obvious shrug when called to take part, the defensive goofy face as I focus— a final, last gasp at maintaining some semblance of whatever it is that makes them so despise being part of my happy little snapshots.

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Community

The worst part of any move is the finding.

Finding the library.
Finding the grocery store you prefer.
Finding the gas stations.
Finding a new pediatrician.

We’ve been here in East Tennessee since mid-July now, and we’ve done all that. (O.k., the pediatrician part is still up in the air.) What we haven’t found yet is a church home.

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Feeding the People {a large family’s 2-week menu with recipe links}

The weather has finally changed here… maybe even for good! I can’t tell you how excited I am to dive headlong back in to casseroles and soups and other warm and yummy things that make my house smell amazing. Fall is my favorite time to be in the kitchen; pumpkins and apples make me ridiculously happy. And gearing up for our first Thanksgiving in our own little home? Double prizes, as Phin likes to say!

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Not your average workbooks

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I have a friend who calls me “Queen of the Littles.” I think it’s a compliment. It could, I guess, just boil down to numbers. After all, I’ve logged quite a few years with Brown Bear, Brown Bear. But my guess is that she’s picked up on the one part of parenting small folks that I’m fairly adamant about: engaging hands and minds.

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Getting ready to get ready

In our family, there’s something of a snowball effect of time that starts in September and rushes, pell nell, until the end of the year. I call it our “roll”— the four months of the year that hold seven birthdays, two major holiday seasons, two minor holidays, and all of the preparation and expectations that go along with those events.

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