What was good about your day? A new approach to job accountability

What was good about your day? A new approach to job accountability

On Sunday we met at Family Council to discuss a change in the way we account on our daily load (jobs/home responsibilities). I announced that we will NO LONGER use job charts (cheers!). I won’t be paying them for each little job they do to…

Hope is the thing with feathers: memorizing in the moment

Hope is the thing with feathers: memorizing in the moment

As we were driving home from Peter’s cello lesson, Anna started reciting the poem that she is supposed to learn for school this month. Peter started reciting it after her, one phrase at a time. She taught the first stanza to him one phrase at…

Her first clothing purchase

Her first clothing purchase

We were shopping for Easter dresses the week before last when Anna spied this dress at the outlet store where we were. “Please, Mom, please!” she pled. “You already have your Easter dress!” I reminded her. “What if I pay for it myself?” she implored.…

Vanbulence

Vanbulence

This week, when I was at BYU, I passed by a van and realized that this is Sarah’s “getaway car” at work. It’s what the EMS staff use to attend to people on campus quickly. When I told Sarah I saw it, Rebecca remarked, “It’s her…

Rank advancements at our house

Rank advancements at our house

“Twelve years old is a rank advancement at our house!” Peter noted cheerfully this morning. This made me laugh. I saw that he was looking at the little clipboards with job chart time cards on them on the counter. He continued. “You get money instead…

Repurposing costumes (or, The Mad Seamstress)

Repurposing costumes (or, The Mad Seamstress)

Eliza has a dance recital coming up, which means she needs a costume. I absolutely LOVE Eliza’s dance┬ástudio┬ádirector! She is so practical! She is so realistic! She “gets it” that families don’t have money to dish out for costumes that they will not re-use frequently.…

Down on my knees by the hyacinths to plant a black tulip magnolia tree

Down on my knees by the hyacinths to plant a black tulip magnolia tree

In the previous home where we lived, I planted a star magnolia tree. It is blooming in the yard now, and I was telling my daughters how beautiful it smells in the dusk during its brief blooming season. I missed it; it is a lovely…

Stopping when it’s time to stop

Stopping when it’s time to stop

For years, I’ve tried to figure out how to teach a child a routine. And then I figured this out: I am not very good at following routines myself. Ha! But I’ve realized that just because we don’t follow our routines perfectly, doesn’t mean we…

RTW: Standardized tests

RTW: Standardized tests

Julia* went to take the ACT yesterday. She had prepared using an online prep website, gone over the what-to-bring-to-the-test page, skipped staying out with friends and gone to bed early, gotten up for breakfast, prayer, and scriptures with me and Lane, and headed out on…

RTW: Enter to learn, go forth to serve

RTW: Enter to learn, go forth to serve

This week I picked Sarah up from BYU campus, and we both noticed and commented on the beauty of the flowers in the median strip/island at one of the campus stoplights. (Seriously! Gorgeous flowers in a median strip!) We talked about what a beautiful campus…