Coping with Disappointment

Coping with Disappointment

I encourage my kids to enter every contest that comes along.  It gives them a reason to stretch themselves and use their imagination and creativity.   It seems like school is so focused on bare bones academics these days.  I jump at the chance to help my kids develop some of their more right brain talents. And it improves their self-confidence.  They don't always win, but each of them has won something. This was Eve's first big win. Six of my kids entered a Halloween Coloring Contest. … [Read more...]

The Individual is the Heart of Value

heart of value

What I learned this Halloween ... Life can be stressful with eight children, especially around Halloween. Coming up with eight different costumes gives me a headache.  The way I deal with the stress is by complete avoidance.  I don't even want to talk about costumes until the day of Halloween.  And then, I just pull out the dress-up.  At least three of my children would really appreciate doing something a little more special.  Nevertheless, they know that their mother can't/won't/doesn't do … [Read more...]

The Short-Lived Cereal Stockpile


Lessons in Value Part I I love to shop with coupons, partly because I have a big family and partly because I love a good deal.  In August, Smith's had an amazing sale on cereal.  I sorted and clipped dozens of coupons and purchased 72 boxes of cereal, paying approximately $.70 per box.  At the same time, the Idaho State Journal was having a contest to see who could save the most money using coupons at the grocery store.  I submitted my receipt and won the $125 prize. So I paid $50 … [Read more...]

The Garden Mums Mishap


Lessons in Value Part 2 One of the basic philosophical questions of life concerns value-theory.  The question of course being:  What is value?  Value is defined as a property representing the importance or worth of something. Even though I know and understand this definition, I am still a rookie when it comes to applying it to my life. You see, I am a sucker for a good deal.  And by that, I mean that I love to buy things for less money than they usually cost … whether I need them or not. … [Read more...]

Perspective Project – Family Photo Display

Family Photo Display

In my Latin and Greek Word Roots class, I learned that the word perspective comes from the Latin per (through) and specere (to look). I remember the class well because Mike and I took it together the semester we started dating.  In college, I spent all of my time studying. But this semester was different because I was somewhat sidetracked and as a result I earned a B on the first test.  To make matters worse, Mike earned an A.  He never cracked the book, but he spoke fluent Italian, and had … [Read more...]