nw mama: embracing culture shock at home

Culture. Shock.

Are you ready for it?

nwmama-lauraI don’t think.. rather, I KNOW I had no clue what I signed up for when my husband and I decided to host international students. I was not ready for the “culture shock” that would affect not only my students coming to the United States from the other side of the world, but how it would impact my own family as well. So far, it has caused my world views to be expanded beyond the borders of this country I live in, to be open to other traditions and practicalities, to realize some things are the same about us no matter our geographical location and patience. Loads of patience.Read More »


goodbye 2013..

..Hello 2014.

Today was our first day “back,” and what did we accomplish? Well, I had an appointment this morning, but the girls were showered and had finished their devotions before I returned. We completed today’s spelling lists and handwriting. Then we turned on the Wii for some Zumba Kids and Wii Sports. PE done. I’m calling it a day.  I have one load of laundry almost done, and last month’s billing finished for my Virtual Assistant work.Read More »


second day of school (2013-2014)

I’m tired and grouchy and I need a time-out.  There. I said it.

This morning started off with the youngest telling Daddy she thought Saturday was too far away.  He agreed.  I agreed.  And that small statement seemed to set the tone for the day.  I felt bad for my girls.  They got to deal with me all day.  Read More »