New Tricks

by Mary Forth

Thousands of older students are returning to school for a variety of reasons: to learn new skills, to polish up old ones, because of job loss, to satisfy requirements for advancement, or just for their own personal satisfaction.  I suppose I would fall into all of those categories.  When my job ended almost 2 years ago, I knew that it was time to start all over.  Time to do what I should have done a long time ago; I needed that college degree to keep up with the rest of the world. Continue reading


A Night Out With My Girl

It is not often that Elisa and I are able to get away from the house without some form of a child in tow. Working in a group home for teenagers but also having two children of our own, there is always someone around. However, this is not a bad thing. We have become accustomed to having little private time and will probably not know what to do with ourselves some day when it is just the two of us. Continue reading

My Baby is Growing Up

I have a problem that I do not really know how to deal with. See, I have this little girl that just keeps getting older and more mature and I am not sure that I approve. Many of you might be able to relate with this. I feel like she should still be 3 or 4 but here she is knocking on double digits in age and now she makes cupcakes.  Continue reading

Go Outside For A While

Back on December 7th, I wrote a post about how much we love our local library. My kids would probably go there every day if we gave them the opportunity and we do as often as we can. A friend of mine, Melanie DeWaal, commented on the article by stating, “I love this topic! One way that I keep it in the forefront of our house is to physically limit the number of screens/TVs. We have one television in our entire house, and that is on purpose.” That got me to thinking… I wonder how many televisions you all have in your homes and what percentage of the time do you spend sitting in front of it. Continue reading

The Other Side

Do you think about the future often? Do you look down the road and wonder what’s next for you or your family? I do… quite often actually. As my children get older, I like to know what’s coming. What obstacles are up ahead? What changes might need to be made over the next few years? How can I begin preparing now for something that I cannot even see yet? Continue reading