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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow

posted by kjackson

I’ve found there is no logic to how I feel in the middle of grief. I’ve received huge gifts, and–although I’m thankful for them because they assure me I don’t have to make a drastic lifestyle change at the same […]

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Dancing Thankful

posted by kjackson

People are always saying how it amazes them how I think, wish, pray for something and then it appears. To me this is a normal way of living so it confuses me when they say such things. I wonder, though, […]

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My husband is gone: what is left?

posted by kjackson

When Joe and I met, he had Star Wars toys. He was only a kid….he was twenty years old! He loved those plastic pieces of childhood memory. He outgrew the toys and instead loved to buy guns. I hated guns […]

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Daddy’s Song

posted by kjackson

Starting at their births, my husband sang to our children every.single.night. He had a special song for each child…. For Josiah: “Baby, baby, baby child…baby child my own…close those big, blue eyes of yours and sleep for just awhile.” For […]

Finding my Happy Place after Losing my Spouse

posted by kjackson

Thursday, Nov. 3, I woke at 4 a.m. to the sounds of my husband dying. It was completely unexpected. He had been having “heart burn” for the last few weeks but the EKG in his doctor’s office showed nothing. He […]

The Conversation

posted by kjackson

Me: “Is it bad that the high point of my day was having hot, delicious fresh McDonald french fries at WalMart while I waited for the auto department to change the oil in the van?” Joe: “What kind of oil […]

You Want to do WHAT? WHEN?

posted by kjackson

It’s 7:30 a.m., I have a major sinus headache, and yet I jolt with the sudden urge to climb up on a child’s loft bed and hammer itty bitty nails in the exact right spots so that the 8X10 photographs […]

Snake Stories

posted by kjackson

The child has been running. The child’s face is red and blotchy. The child is gulping for air. The child huffs out the words I’ve heard so many times in the past five years, “Mom! We saw a snake!!” I […]

Glorious Roofing!

posted by kjackson

Illinois just joined ranks with other states who are recycling old roofing shingles to pave roads. The old shingles are ground up and added to the asphalt mix. Missouri has already done such a thing and estimates it saved $20 […]

Marvelous Morale

posted by kjackson

Yesterday morning I awoke at 4:30 a.m., grabbed a big to-go cup of coffee and drove 2 1/2 hours to pick up a pig. Then I turned around and drove 2 1/2 hours home again…uh…jiggidy jig. I used an entire […]

The Path Before You….

posted by kjackson

My natural inclination is to plan. I like to decide what is next, next and next. Many times this comes in handy. For instance, this summer when my family accompanied me to my performance locations, before we left I would […]

A “Little” Adventure: Vacation One-Day-at-a-Time

posted by kjackson

In the minivan with my family–traveling toward a new place to explore– is one of my favorite HAPPY PLACES.  Vacations, however, can be expensive and exhausting and sometimes it’s impossible to get away from work and responsibilities for an entire […]

Operation Sneaky Santa

posted by kjackson

It may seem like it’s not the time of year to think about Christmas, but if you are a parent to small children, this may be the perfect time to give it a bit of consideration. When my children were […]

Cookin’ Kids

posted by kjackson

Tonight when my husband and I were watching the kids racing their bicycles, we commented yet again on how quickly they are growing. I know that’s a cliche. As soon as an infant pops from the oven, random strangers yell […]

Mom Mystery: Raising Grateful Kids

posted by kjackson

Today we spent the day at a very cool aquarium gazing at bubble-like jelly fish, a crazily-playful otter, and ferociously-feeding sharks.  My 12-year-old boy–taller than I–wrapped his arms around me in this public place and said, “Thanks, mom. Thanks for […]

Motivational….Bribes

posted by kjackson

Have you ever looked in to your child’s room and wanted to just….SCREAM!?  Yeah, me, too. It doesn’t take much–just a birthday, or a Christmas, or a day at the fair–to make a child’s room look like it is about […]

Pet Perfection

posted by kjackson

A friend wrote this to me: My children want a pet. They are not old enough to care for one ther own. I do not wish to have the added responsibility of a pet. What would be a good compromise […]

Those Kids of Mine

posted by kjackson

My friend told me this story: she was having lunch with her mom and the mother said, “I’m sorry I did wrong by you. I didn’t spend enough time with you when you were little because I was too busy fulfilling my own goals.”  […]

A Mom Mystery: Laundry

posted by kjackson

Today’s subject is laundry.  When I listen to moms, I hear the same sentiment over and over. Laundry is consuming their lives. They don’t know how to keep up with the laundry.  After seventeen years of marriage and twelve years […]

Chores, Routines, and Other Mom Mysteries

posted by kjackson

Yes, of course my children should be involved in taking care of the house! We all know that it builds responsibility and work ethic…yadda yadda. But, more importantly, it makes them feel an important part of the family unit. It […]

Log-in with Gratefulness

posted by kjackson

I remember when I first realized the power of belief. I found out that what I expected truly did come about: focus makes things happen. At first I was excited with all the possibilities;  I started to imagine a place […]

Sing it! “To Everything (turn, turn, turn)….”

posted by kjackson

I am about to do something wild and crazy: something I haven’t done in years! Today I babysit. My friend’s childcare provider isn’t available today so she sent me a desperate email asking if I could watch five-year-old Karsen. Surprisingly, […]

“Daddy!?”

posted by kjackson

Happy Memorial Day, Everyone!

Breaking My Rule

posted by kjackson

I broke my own rule yesterday. If you’ve read my blog “How to Be Happy,” you know that I am very careful about what I allow in my brain. I have a standing rule for myself not to watch the […]

What’s that I hear?

posted by kjackson

Last night I was curled up in bed reading and I heard the little voice, “Go check on the bunnies”. I don’t usually spend time on the bunnies in the evening. They are in an enclosed area and I feed […]

Chance of Change

posted by kjackson

I remember when my oldest child was a baby/toddler I would make grand announcements to my friends–“He is sleeping through the night!” “He is potty trained!” “He is a brat!”—only to find out the next day that I was…uh…wrong. Simply […]

Dancing with Death

posted by kjackson

Our sweet ferret, Emerald, is dancing with death and I’m sure the music will stop within the hour. I know that allowing so many animals in to our family also means we have to suffer as they suffer: a choice […]

Sing It! “I wanna Go Where Everybody Knows My Name…”

posted by kjackson

In My Happy Place (uh…that being my life) I have three actual Happy Places.  These are magical spots where (sing that “Cheers” song with me!) everybody knows my name..and they’re always glad I came.  I can count on these spots–no […]

Quantity Time Vs. Quality Time

posted by kjackson

“Mom, can I go pet that black and white cat on the other side of the fence?” “UUGH-GRRRR-PFFFFT” “What was that, Mom?” “UUGH-GRRRR-PFFFFT” <<giggle, giggle>> “I’ll take that as a ‘YES!’” and off she bounds to whisper private words of […]

Piles of Possibility

posted by kjackson

“If you had told me five years ago we would be going on a cruise, I would have laughed at you and told you that was for ‘rich folk’”, Joe says as he flips his suitcase open with his finger […]

The “Being” in Human Being

posted by kjackson

This morning when Joe was getting up to go to work I mumbled incoherently “I’ve been to hell and back in one night”. Yes, I am a drama queen and that was an overstatement, but it was pretty awful. Any […]

Simple Pleasures

posted by kjackson

We’re not thrill-seekers. We usually take one vacation a year. We leave our small town less than six times a year for the bigger cities nearby. We avoid crowds.   We see maybe two-three movies in the theater a year. We […]

My Basket of Belief

posted by kjackson

“Mom, you know why I believe in the Easter Bunny? Because you couldn’t have hidden such a great basket with all of this stuff in your room! I know because I looked everywhere!”—Lydia, age seven. There is a lot of […]

Paying it Forward

posted by kjackson

“Is there any way you can get your feet out of the shot?” “Oh, drats….move her away from the poop….” “Oh. my. word! Don’t let her get away….okay…I think I’ve got it….” “Nope. I missed that one. Let’s try again.” […]

Chicken Coop Chat

posted by kjackson

This morning my seven-year-old daughter, Lydia, helped me feed the chickens and gather the eggs.  This is what I heard outside of the chicken coop: “Mom, there are four eggs.” “No, I’m sorry, Mom…I was mistaken…there are five.” “Mom, I […]

The Christmas Cat

posted by kjackson

We have a beta fish. In a bowl. In the living room. Set low on an old (groovy, decorative) suitcase.  Maybe this means we like fish? No, this means we like our cats….who use this bowl as their water dish. […]

Watcha Got Cookin’?

posted by kjackson

Tonight when Joe and I were watching the kids racing their bicycles, we commented yet again on how quickly they are growing. I know that’s a cliche….as soon as an infant pops from the oven, random strangers yell out, “Enjoy […]

Today’s “Awwwww”

posted by kjackson

Where the Fairies Live

posted by kjackson

“Let’s take a walk” says my husband, holding out his hand…his other hand holds the “snake stick” (just in case ;)). All three kids start running around like mad children looking for their rubber boots or getting a drink of […]

Friday is Family Fun Night!

posted by kjackson

“How many more days until Friday?!” This is a question my children ask throughout the week. Every week. The tradition of  “Family Night” is important to them and the repetition of it makes them feel secure.  So on Friday nights […]

No More Sack Lunches?!

posted by kjackson

A public school in Chicago has banned all lunches brought from home. These kids *have* to eat cafeteria food! They have no choice. The school thinks the children will be healthier. What would you do if your child went to […]

The Birth Story

posted by kjackson

Sunday night I received an animal rescue call. A calico cat gave birth to a kitten in a woman’s flower garden. The woman moved her under the house where she had two more kittens. By the time I settled her […]

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Turn the Radio On
Recently the kids and I have been listening to an audio book when we're in the car, but, sometimes, between discs, we'll let the radio play. Since we gave up TV years ago...and I don't read the news, either...we can be a little out of the loop. Maybe Kirsten listening to the Tulsa radio is a bit lik

posted 8:02:27am Dec. 04, 2011 | read full post »

Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow
I've found there is no logic to how I feel in the middle of grief. I've received huge gifts, and--although I'm thankful for them because they assure me I don't have to make a drastic lifestyle change at the same time that our family has been changed so drastically--I sometimes don't have an emotiona

posted 9:33:07am Dec. 02, 2011 | read full post »

Like a Symphony
Sometimes I actually think :). I like to plan and compare and problem solve. Sometimes I think my way to an answer. Sometimes I make choices based solely on my gut whether the choice seems logical or not. I feel my way to an answer (I use this method more often than thinking!). Then there was

posted 8:08:11am Dec. 01, 2011 | read full post »

Dancing Thankful
People are always saying how it amazes them how I think, wish, pray for something and then it appears. To me this is a normal way of living so it confuses me when they say such things. I wonder, though, if maybe these little miracles aren't happening to them, too, and they're just not giving them cr

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