Friday, May 29, 2009


If there's one thing I've learned about being a mom, it's that I don't have all the answers. So when MomCentral asked me to review a new site for mothers, I jumped at the chance.

Mampedia is a free site for mothers of children of any age. It has over a million answers to questions by moms, answered by other moms who have been there. The site is updated daily and easy to search.

Want summertime arts & crafts ideas? At what age should you let your child ride a bike to school? Should you buy a Jumperoo or an Excersaucer? How can you get your baby to sleep at night? What kind of non-toxic cleaning products really work? You can find answers to these questions, and many more at Mamapedia!

I searched Mamapedia about a week ago for suggestions for good family movies. We took a trip to Ohio over Memorial Day weekend, and I needed something to keep Evie busy during the long drive! I found some great suggestions from other moms, and our trip was a breeze! (The couple of Barbies we brought along helped, too!)

The next time you're wondering "Is this normal?" or "What should I do about this?" check out Mamapedia. And don't forget to post an answer if you can help someone else!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Each night, Evie and I say a prayer before bed. We pray the standard Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and then add petitions for a friend who has had less than five good nights of rest in the past 16 months, for a baby suffering from seizures, that my two godsons grow in God's love.

Afterward, Evie excitedly demands "Let's bless people!" and we ask for God's blessings on those we love. We pray for every single person we know - our family, our friends, our neighbors, the children from music class, and lots of dogs.

But last night was special. In addition to the long and ever-growing list, she added a couple more:

"God, please bless the people at McDonalds."
"God, please bless Randy from American Idol and Paula from American Idol."

So, if you're in need of God's blessings, please let me know. We'll add you to the list.

Monday, May 11, 2009


As soon as I woke up yesterday, Evie (prompted by Chris,) leaned over and whispered "Happy Mother's Day!" In her excitement, she also threw in "Happy birthday, Mommy!"

We cuddled up, and I thanked her for letting me be a mom. I told her it was a special day, all because of her. Then I listed some of the things I love about her. "Evie, I love your little dimple. I love your smile. I love that you are kind. I love that you share. I love your sweet face and your little body. I love your giggles."

She stared into my eyes. "Mommy, I love your..."

Oh! What would she say? How sweet! What a moment we were about to have! And on Mother's Day!

"Mommy, I love your soda."