CPR Are We Doing it Right ?

Please don't turn me in to the Grammar Police.  'CPR are we doing it right ?'  should really be.... 'are we doing it correctly'  but that is beside the point.  Read on... I took my first CPR course in college.  I still remember... the alcohol wipes for resusci-annies mouth,  I hated when they were referred to in print as 'manakins'  What?  it's mannequin.  what is with the phonetic … [Read more...]

Chicken Coop Plans and Designs FREE

I love it when I find a worthwhile ebook on Amazon for Free. We'll I've got a great one today. But hurry because often these are only discounted for a day and then they go right back up to the regular price. Even if you aren't thinking of chickening at this point in your life, there may come a day when you've heard enough about it from me and can stand your chicken-less-ness any longer. So here … [Read more...]

Sneak Preview of the Biggest Thing Since Sliced Bread

It just might be bigger than sliced bread. Just sayin' The books in the graphic below are all part of a HUGE ebook/ecourse bundle that will be available for 6 days only starting at 7 am MDT (That's 7 in the morning for those of you here in UTAH) on Monday April 29th. It's time!  Get all the details HERE!. OOOH! I can't wait. There is tons of great info within the virtual pages of these … [Read more...]

Kidney Stones – the rest of the story

This is the post where you find out how the Kidney stone saga ends.  I'm sorry to keep you hanging for so long.  If you aren't following this continuing drama then go ahead and move along, nothing to see here. When last we left our hero....oh wait, that's not it... Oh yea,  We left the ER for the second time and hoped that darn stone would pass quickly.  They'd told us that the stone was 4 … [Read more...]


"What the heck was that?" That was our pillow talk at 12:14 am this morning. I was fast asleep, when I awoke to a what I thought was a very large loud rumbling dump truck headed toward us. The rumbling increased, getting louder until a very loud SMACK occurred. (smack is not the right word but I can't think of anything to describe it) . I thought that the 'large dump-truck' had hit our house, but … [Read more...]

Eight is NOT enough, Tears for Boston

It's Monday at 5 pm on April 15th, 2013.   A day that is notoriously dreaded in the USA because we usually have to hand over our hard-earned money to the government in the form of income taxes. For some, that reason doesn't even exist anymore.  Instead April 15th will be the anniversary of the worst day of their lives, one family will forever be reminded of the horrific tragic loss of their … [Read more...]

Hindsight and Kidney Stones

This is a journal entry of a recent experience but there is a point and something to be learned at the end. It was Sunday night and his pain started suddenly while driving home from an errand.  It ramped up quickly after he came in the house.  He was doubled over with severe groin pain, like he had been kicked.  (I didn't do it :)   After some quick google-ing (is that a word)  it looked … [Read more...]

Baby Chicks, bringing them home

This post is part of a series, please start here Oh the novelty of baby animals. With eight people in the family we have a rather large kitchen table.  It's a conference table that we bought second had to contain all of our people at meal time.  Much to my chagrin, those people keep getting bigger and delight in their new-found independence and outside activities, and most of the time we … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipes

  Hey there!  So glad you are here.  It's dinner-time again isn't it?  I know the feeling.  Busy families need super simple quick meals.  Here, let me help you out. Sound Familiar?  It's 5pm and every person you encounter on your walk through the house has the very same question: "WHAT'S FOR DINNER?"  Is that how it is at your house too? How would you like to be able to dump a … [Read more...]

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The Phone Call

This is the Second in a series, please start on this post. I think I'll blame the Scouts....the cub scouts in particular.  They have this thing called belt loops.  Cubs can earn belt loops for doing different things.  Sports, Academics, COLLECTING.  Collecting?  Like we need one more thing in this house.  With 6 kids and all their stuff do we really want to encourage this behavior?  Um NO!  … [Read more...]