How to Fit in the Mind of a First Grader

One day, when I was in first grade, my teacher was leading us in making a chart about tooth loss. [ Read More ]

The King of Donuts


Even as a young teen, Jerry knew the value of hard work. Here he recalls a job he had at the Dryden Rubber Company where he proved his great work ethic. [ Read More ]

The Truth Hurts


Children are the most honest human beings on earth. Although my grandma can challenge that statement. That’s another story. [ Read More ]

A Child’s Chivalry


“Ladies first” has been a phrase we have used determine to which of our boy/girl twins gets to do things first for quite a while. For instance, when I’ve been doing their hair and brushing their teeth in the morning, “Ladies first.” Or when I give them a snack, “Ladies first.” [ Read More ]

Why Didn’t I Think Of That?


One Saturday afternoon, my husband and I went to go visit our one-and-a-half year old niece. I was trying to get her to eat, but nothing was working. Enter: my husband, with a perfectly simple plan that worked (at first). [ Read More ]

Nathen Meets The Vegetarian Cow


Every now and then, when my grandchildren are paying a visit, they help me out with some of my farm chores. My grandsons love the cows. Nathen, the youngest, likes to pay them a visit on his own from time to time and talk to them. [ Read More ]

Valerie and Her Super Glasses [PODCAST]


Mary Ann tells the story of trying to get her daughter, Valerie, to wear glasses. Does Valerie embrace her new life in spectacles? [ Read More ]

Best Shopping-Mate


One Saturday morning, I took my five-year-old daughter shopping with me. My little girl watched me try on outfit after outfit, exclaiming each time, “Mommy, you look beautiful!” [ Read More ]

Diaper Drama


As a busy mom of four children, I often enlist the help of my older kids while I am taking care of the baby. [ Read More ]

The Holiday Spirit


Our first baby was due to be born the middle of September. By a coincidence my wife had invited her younger brother over for dinner on Labor Day. [ Read More ]

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