Kidney Stone Vs. Birth

Kidney Stones vs Birth - which is more painful?

There's a great debate that's raged for years. Are kidney stones more painful than giving birth?  Automatically men are excluded from weighing in on this debate but it doesn't mean that they aren't curious about if the pain they experienced from the kidney stone was worse than labor.  Many younger women also wonder if the kidney stone they're experiencing would be worse than any future labor pains.  So what's the verdict?  YES. But the pain is different.  Many years ago when I was in college I had 5 kidney stones back to back.  The first time it … [Read more...]

Spring Butterfly Wreath

spring butterfly wreath

First of all, thank you all for being so generous the past two weeks while I struggled with an evil kidney stone and a sinus attack - at the same time. I know it's been crickets around here but I'm alive!  Ever since Christmas my front door has been naked. It's shameful.  Awhile back I tore apart my favorite Chalkboard Valentine's Day Wreath to use the chalkboard heart for something else. This year my daughter cut a heart out of construction paper and hung it on the wreath hook on the front door.  Other than that, our front door has been one step away from the local nudist … [Read more...]

Crafty Easter Ideas

13 More Insanely Crafty Easter Ideas

  Edited to Add: This is last year's round up of crafty Easter Ideas. Why am I sharing this with you now after I shared the original Crafty Easter Ideas last week? Because there's even more crafty Easter ideas on the way! Take a glance and let me know what ones you are planning to make this Easter.  Last year I posted a round up of 13 Insanely Crafty Easter Ideas. You guys loved it. Since you guys loved it and you guys get what you guys want, (read "you guys" in a northern mobster accent more like "youz guys" and it'll be a lot more fun - and now try to get that out of your head … [Read more...]

The Downslope.


When she turned 8 we started a mental countdown of how many years we have left with her living as a child, under our roof.  9 was hard because it's the halfway point. You're halfway done with their childhood. Wow. It's a time to sit back and take a mental note of how much future therapy you might have caused so far.  But today we hit a new mark. 10.  Gulp. 10 isn't just 10.  10 is only 8 years until 18, it's the downslope.   It's 6 years until driving (maybe) a real car. Only 6 years ago she was recklessly driving the power wheels John Deere … [Read more...]

10 years ago


10 years ago I was 24. We had been married for just a little over a year and I was still scared to drive over the tall overpasses in Houston.  Living in a big city was still new to me and I was convinced that I would be mugged at anytime. I was heavily pregnant and almost to my March 5th due date. All I remember about my 24th birthday was begging God to please let me go into labor.  I didn't go into labor that day.  However one week after my 24th birthday, on March 9th, I did get a late birthday present. This was our first "family" photo. I painted the … [Read more...]

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