3 Fun Summer Reads… and 1 Summer Project

I admit that I probably read more books in the winter than I do in the summer… there’s just something about curling up by the fire with a good book and reading the evening away.  But, I still love a good book… and since I have the privilege of knowing some amazing authors, I’ve read some great ones lately.  Here are a few of my picks: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport Think history meets culture meets a romance that will both surprise you and touch you– all wrapped up with a heroine who you will wish lived next door to you.  I loved Lucy– and am anxious to read more of Olivia’s work.       Wildflowers From Winter by Katie Ganshert Katie has been my blogging buddy for almost two years now– her blog katieganshert.com is fantastic, by the way–and so I was so excited to read her debut novel.  And it didn’t disappoint.  Not only did she draw me into this fun and modern romance, but the message really touched me.  What a great story about redemption, faith and hope.       A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch I’ve been a fan of Erica Vetsch’s for awhile now… and her latest gun-slingin, wild-est romance met my expectations.  The feisty heroine made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to read more.         And, last, but not least, The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp If you’ve ever been inside my house, you probably think I’m fairly neat.  But that’s only because you’ve never...

Pregnant Scorpion

I’m beginning to think that perhaps the all-natural, 100% organic pest control stuff that the pest control guy guaranteed would work just as well as the stuff we’d been using…doesn’t work just as well as the stuff we’ve been using....

Happy Birthday to My Sweet Wills!

Dear Lord, You are a more/and God.  You give me more hope than I can even comprehend, more comfort than I need, more peace and forgiveness than I could even ask for and more love than I deserve — and then on top of all that, you’ve filled my life with more/and blessings–big, joyful and abundant blessings that fill my days with sticky-fingered hugs and my heart with laughter. One year ago today, you blessed me with one of my greatest more/and blessings:  My vibrant and energetic son Will.  And like his Creator, my sweet boy has a more/and personality.  He wants more out of life– more excitement, more noise, more exuberant arms to toss him into the air and catch him safely as he falls.  And, on top of all that, he loves people, he loves to smile and he loves to wrap those sweet arms around my neck for a snuggle. Yes, he is a more/and kind of guy– with a big personality and a big heart to prove it. Thank you, Lord, for my beautiful more/and son.  I pray that you give me the vision to clearly see you working in sweet Will’s life as he grows this year.  And, as he explores the world you created, tests the limits that he’ll surely test and learns about how life in this world works, reveal yourself to him.  I want him to know you, Lord. Lord, I simply cannot be the mother Wills needs without you– I lose my patience in twelve seconds and my mind in eighteen.  So, grant me the tenacity, the grace, the humor...

Guest Post: Medications to Always Have On Hand

It does surprise me, working in the ER, that often times parents don’t have basic medications on hand. So, in an effort to right this, I’m providing a list of medications, from an ER nurse’s perspective, that are good to keep in stock and make sure aren’t expired. Acetaminophen: The fever reducer, pain medication appropriate for every age group. This is otherwise known as Tylenol. Here are a few things to consider. Check with your physician before treating an infant who is less than 2 months old with acetaminophen. Often times in this age group, we want to know what their actual temperature is and then once we know, we can give them a dose in the ER. Infants older than two months, you’re generally okay to give the recommended dose for pain/fever. Tylenol can be given every four hours. Ibuprofen: Good as a fever reducer, pain medication and anti-inflammatory. This is otherwise known as Motrin and Advil.  Ibuprofen should not be given to infants less than six months old. This is due to the concern for adverse effects in this age group. In the case of concern for sprain, strain, or fracture—Ibuprofen is the preferred drug of choice for its anti-inflammatory properties. The recommended dose can be given every six hours. Diphenhydramine: Good to have on hand for simple hives and itchy rashes. Otherwise known as Benadryl. Often times, it’s okay to give Benadryl for concern of allergic reaction but they need to be seen in the ED if this is why you administered it. The recommended dose can be given every six hours. Pedialyte/Sports Drinks: To have...

Kid-Friendly Taco Kit

Corn tortillas 1 bag frozen corn 1 carton grape tomatoes 1 bunch fresh basil 2 ripe avocados 1 bunch fresh cilantro 1 lime shredded Tillamook (That’s Oregonian for cheese) 1 lb chicken, pan-fried or grilled 1 jar of salsa 1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and cook. Set aside half (for the kids who say everything is “too spicy”) and pour 1/2 cup salsa over the remaining. Stir in then set aside. 2. While chicken is cooking, pour frozen corn into a large bowl. (This is for corn salad) 3. Quarter the grape tomatoes and put half of them into the bowl with the corn 4. Put the other half of the tomatoes into a separate large bowl. (This is for basic guacamole) 5. Halve the avocados and scoop the insides out into the bowl with the quartered tomatoes. 6. Finely chop the basil and cilantro and add to both the corn salad and the guacamole, reserving some extra cilantro aside for a taco topper. 7. Mash the guacamole, then season both the guacamole and the corn salad with salt, pepper and lime juice. 8. Let your kids build their own taco kits by layering chicken (either with or without salsa), corn salad, guacamole, cheddar cheese and cilantro onto corn...
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