Just a Swingin’

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 10.30.00 AM Ahhhh the mood. We don’t much need rings around here to glow blue or green giving cue to stressed, cool,  nervous, very happy or normal. … And how does someone define “normal” for a tween/teen? Considering the age, normal could have a lot of ranges and we’re swinging back and forth between it all. “Good Morning.” Mom coos as she wakes her slumbering teen girl. “Hi Mom.” smiles the sweet child, reminding her mother of all the wonderful greetings received only a few short years earlier from her sensitive, loving child. Only minutes later, the child makes her way downstairs to join the others for breakfast. “How did you sleep?” greets the unassuming mother as she selflessly labors over the toaster, creating a veritable feast from Eggo waffles. Glare. No response.

Table Talk – Thoughts on Parenting God’s Way, by Sheriff Daniel

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 2.00.54 PM Today’s Table Talk is by MOAT friend Sheriff Daniel. Sheriff is a pastor in Calcutta, India. We met Sheriff in 2009 when he was in Dallas for a training session at Dallas Theological Seminary through GPA. We were Sheriff’s host family. Poor thing had to brave our home staying with us one weekend. We had so much fun together and have stayed in touch since.  Last summer, Sheriff and several others returned to Dallas for a reunion. By that time, I had started the MOAT blog. Little did I know that Sheriff was a fan along with another pastor friend from Benign, West Africa. Why? I couldn’t imagine that these guys could relate to our little entitlement cleanse in any way. Apparently kids are kids no matter the socioeconomic environment. When Sheriff started to tell me about he and his wife’s efforts in empowering

Reluctant Empower-er

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 1.55.55 PM I’m about to opine on a race in which I have no horse – college applications. My oldest is four years out, so I really have no experience. But as an aunt, a very loving aunt at that, maybe I have a toe in the race. I get the luxury of watching my brother pave the way via his borderline super-son, Golden Child (because he was the first of 15 grandchild on my side)  My brother might have the golden kid, but we’ve got Platinum Boy – yes that would be F.H.A. (our little Future Hoarder of America … everything in our family is a competition :) Since I started a few years later than my friends on the marriage and baby road, I have several close compadres venturing down the road of the college apps. One thing that hits me about the process keeps hitting me about my own process – the unbelievable compelling need to step in and fix or even do. Just

Tuesday’s Tasty Tips by Jane Jarrell

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 10.35.56 AM Today’s offering will hopefully be in sinc with a bit cooler weather here in the Dallas. I’ve got one kid who would really like for the mosquitoes to take their leave … so here’s to budding winter and one of a busy mom’s favorite cooking devices – The Crock Pot! I received one as a gift a few years ago and have struggled through finding delicious recipes. The best place to supply those family favorites is friends. So … I asked our wonderful MOAT Foodie to share a few of her favorites.  Thanks for sharing, Jane. I, for one, look forward to Tuesday’s Tips. … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Aaahhh… The Crock Pot Think Mayberry….. Want to throw back your kitchen to a kinder gentler time? Put on your apron and pearls, dust off that crockpot and sit on your
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