This Next Awful Week


Summer started for us this week, and the 16-year-old will join us after he finishes his last exam tomorrow morning. They have plans of a lazy summer of no chores, lots of swimming, hanging out with friends, and tons of screen time.
I have very different plans.
The first summer we moved here was one of my favorite summers with my children. New in town,and without social obligations, our days meandered their way through books, naps, and hanging out poolside

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I’m the 40-something-ish wife of my beloved Computer Guy. I’m the adoring and incredibly proud mom of nine children…two saints…seven in training. I’m my brothers’ sister and my parents’ daughter. I’m a devout Catholic, an avid political junkie, able debater, aspiring home-maker, amazing friend, and I make the meanest Chicken Fried Steak you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. I’m a homeschooling guru, a writing addict, a sometimes public-speaker, and an advocate for staying true to the person God created you to be. I can’t live in a house with white walls, sing Billy Joel songs while I wash the dishes, will read anything you put in my hands, and am completely obsessed with rhinestones and cute shoes. I am just like moms the whole world over, and then some.