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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sometimes, as I’m browsing through my Houzz app, or a stray Pottery Barn catalog, I look longingly at a lush, white pair of sofas, or a delicate, cream love seat. I envy crisp white walls and towels, but these are unsuitable for a house with four boys, two dogs, two ca...

Monday, August 13, 2018

I’d wanted a dog. My mom had been through a hard divorce, and she was in no need of extras, not at first. Eventually, that changed. One day she opened the classifieds, and began to search for free puppies.

Frisky looked like she might have been half German Shepherd, hal...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Something began to happen just before April. Our home life, already busy, went into overdrive. I’d been begging for spring and summer, but, frankly, I started hoping to see January roll back in. I missed the month that keeps it chill, indoors and inactive.

Here’s how it...

Sunday, May 13, 2018

I wear a T-shirt that says, “Mother of Dragons.” The creators intended it as a nod to the book and HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” but I adopted this fine piece of clothing as a disclaimer: I live with four, active boys, and that includes a set of triplets.

In my mom-wor...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I recently bought a book titled, “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.”  No kidding.

It’s not a murder mystery, or a cultural reference tome. It’s not about Swedish cleaning products. Instead, the premise is based on two Swedish words that mean “death” and “cleanin...

Monday, April 16, 2018

The first time I contemplated a haven to myself was probably upon hearing the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. True, there is an evil witch in the woods by herself, but that’s one heck of a she shed she’s got, trimmed in cake, icing, cookies and candy. Just don’t go kno...

Friday, March 9, 2018

It is no secret to people who know me well, or who know my husband, the former congressman, that we have political opinions. I once tried a relationship with someone whose politics were vastly different. It didn’t go well. That particular man could be admired for holdi...

Friday, February 9, 2018

My mom had two years of college, then fell for, married my dad, and had five children. With so many mouths to feed, it was often necessary for her to work, and she was fortunate to "get on" with the federal government. She had sick leave, vacation, and health insurance...

Friday, February 2, 2018

After Christmas, I decided I’d better dial it back on the sugar and the carbs. I thought it would be nice to set an example for my children, who were also struggling with advanced, holiday sweet tooth. One can find a dessert to pair with every meal’s conclusion. In tha...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I love the concept of a brand new year. I am thrilled at the thought of bright and shiny and fresh, but January misrepresents itself. January is not really as nice as it appears. It’s way too bossy.

What’s also annoying about January is the way it marches up to me while...

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Betsy Singleton Snyder is a United Methodist pastor, wife, mother

of 4 active boys and author of

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life.

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