My Whoops…

Finally… The Truth
What Life Is Really Like for the Average America Family

Grandma Babysits

Grandma Babysits

I scanned the kitchen. Where were my keys? I’d already searched my purse and the counter. They had to be right here. I grabbed my bag, flipped it over, and…Read more
How To Make A Friend

How To Make A Friend

“Come on Barrett.” I said, urging my five-year-old grandson to finish breakfast. “The cowboys have already taken the cattle past our house. They’re almost to the pens. We need to get…Read more
All I Ever Wanted

All I Ever Wanted

By Mary Claire and Karen Ekstrom

I sucked in, then exhaled a slow whistle, inspired by what I saw on television. A crew of five gorgeous people turned a dry, boring yard into a magical kingdom. A wood bridge arced over a lily pond and a rock garden, surrounded by flowerbeds bursting with color. The yard dripped rich and elegant. An oasis. The sight set my heart a-flutter. And, the best part? They did it all in like – an hour.… Read more

Unexpected Gifts…

Unexpected Gifts…

“Mommy, come look.” Mia’s five-year-old voice rang with awe as she stared into muck at the edge of the lake. “What are those?” I bent over, looked past the buzzing…Read more
My First Sniff Of Ranch Life

My First Sniff Of Ranch Life

I looked in the mirror and groaned. My little black dress screamed ‘you’re trying too hard.’ I ripped the zipper down, pulled it over my head and flung it onto…Read more
Dear Donuts, Take Me Away!

Dear Donuts, Take Me Away!

I’d lost it. Gone crazy. Forty-eight hours of crying and whining had sent me flying with the coo-coo birds… And they were still at it. My two demon-possessed, nut-so children…Read more