Reading, Writing, ’Rithmetic…and Respect

When I picked Jessica up from school that day, I could tell that she was unhappy about something. “How was school today?” I asked. “Not good,” she said. “Well, mostly good. But there’s something I’m really not happy about.” Naturally, I asked, “What are you not happy about?” It turned out that Jessica’s class had […]

When You Don’t Really Want to Obey

The other day, I said to Timmy, “I want you to get all your Play-Doh off the table.” He reluctantly but obediently walked toward the mess, so I left the room. I came back later to find his Play-Doh off the table, all right. It lay scattered on the floor next to where he had […]

How to Get Out of Obeying the Rules

I’m normally a pretty law-abiding citizen. I believe, as I’m sure you do, that honoring the authorities God has placed over us in turn honors Him. But I admit that there are some laws I really wish I didn’t have to obey. Take, for example, the speed limit. I’d get out of being subject to […]

When You Want to Help…But You Don’t Really Want To

Whenever it sounds like I’m doing something fun, my four-year-old son, Timmy, is very eager to help. One of the things that ranks right up there at the top of his “Fun Things to Do” list is cooking. So the other day, when I announced that I was going to make lunch, Timmy asked excitedly, […]

Nah…Nothing Could Go Wrong

Recently, I bought my son, Timmy, a child-sized skateboard. If you’ve read my blog for very long, or followed me on Facebook, you’ve “met” him, and you know why buying him a skateboard means making sure he only uses it outside, where nobody and nothing else is around, and making sure our health insurance is […]

Are You Ready to Get Going?

When you have an almost-two-and-a-half-year-old who is very aware of what is going on around him, there’s no such thing as leaving the house by yourself. Not unless you possess military-level skills for avoiding detection, that is. Timmy loves to go o-u-t-s-i-d-e. If he sees me gathering up my purse, or even putting on shoes, […]

What to Do When God Says No

The other day, Timmy and I had what I think was an actual conversation. Sort of, anyway. It went like this: Timmy: “Want more snack.” Me: “Sorry, there isn’t any more.” Timmy: “Want more snack.” Me: “It’s all gone.” Timmy: “Want more snack.” Me: “You can’t have anymore. It’s. All. Gone.” Timmy: “Waaaaaaaaaah!” Seriously, that […]

Not Quite Right

The other day, the kids and I joined Phil in the cafeteria at his work for supper. The kids got to eat their favorite foods and play on the awesome playground. To top it all off, Daddy announced that he was buying everyone frozen yogurt! We went to the frozen yogurt shop, where everyone got […]

Timmy the Explorer

If you have been following the exploits of my son Timmy (either on my Facebook author page or here on Manna for Moms), you know by now that he is an explorer. Which is a nice way to say he is into everything. One of the things that seems to be especially exciting for him […]


Timzilla. The Timminator. The Minister of Household Redistribution of Objects, Jr. (Lindsey was Sr.) All these are nicknames for our youngest child Timmy. At not-quite-one-year-old, he not only walks, but runs. He’s fast, too. I turn away from him for just a second, and when I turn back, he’s gone. Then it’s anybody’s guess as […]

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