When the Time is Right

The decision to go didn’t come to me until I shut the car door. We were supposed be on a walk, after all. Joe was gone to New York, and I was going to spend those four days walking everywhere with the kids and the stroller – I’d get tanner, and lose more weight, and…

Unlocking the Mystical Power of Time

(photo credit – Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr Creative Commons) My eyes fluttered open and light poured through; morning’s illumination. It must be late. The baby stirred and called for me – which is still, for her, a plaintive whine. I look forward to the day she calls “Mama!” cheerfully from her crib. Soon, maybe. I greet…

Simple, Scrumptious, from-Scratch Chocolate Cupcakes

There are people who like chocolate. Then there’s Seth(5) and me. We crave it! Is it the same in your family? I keep a bag of chocolate chips open in the cabinet for chocolate emergencies which – truth be told – happen every day! But one day the unthinkable happened. We ran out. Like some…

Karma Part 2: The Other Side of the Coin

I’ve been a good person. Okay, just between you and me, I’ve been a bad person. Sometimes. But I’ve been good more than I’ve been bad – or at least, my good intentions outweigh the bad. I think. Well, nobody’s perfect! Precisely. The other side of the karma coin is this; while we seem to…

Karma, Bono, and a Stolen Scooter

“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Luke 6:30 (photo credit – flikr Creative Commons) My sister was telling me this weekend that she feels compelled to help people. She sees a family, apparently destitute, languishing in an un-air-conditioned car in 98 degree…

Necessity is the Mother of Minimalism Part 1

Aka My “less things” Journey Joe and I once lost the contents of our basement storage in a house flood. Come to think of it, we ended up losing the house, too. It was supposed to have been swooped up in a short sale back in October of 2008, so we moved into a rental…

Build-Your-Own-Pizza Bar

It’s Friday, and in our house that means one thing; there doggone well better be pizza served tonight! I grew up in a family that had homemade pizza on (most) Friday nights, and I’ve carried the torch – and the recipe- into my own family unit. For a long time, our little guys only wanted…

I’m a Hypocrite, so I Wrote a Mantra!

by Amy Kucharski, Waco, Texas You’ve probably heard it said that it’s not your presents that matter, but your presence. Well, does just being in the room count? I wish I could chuck my cellphone through the window. But if I did, I’d have to tape plastic bags to the window for “security” while I…

How I’m Overcoming Adult Onset Game Playingitus

By Amy Kucharski, Waco, Texas It began as it often does; a tickle in the back of my throat. “No thanks,” I managed to croak out. “I’m not really into playing games.” It felt strange saying it. After all, I’d grown up playing games with my family, over at friends’ houses, in the car on…