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Friday, January 26, 2018

I’m just going to call it. The last six months of sibling rivalry in my home has made me consider very strongly the use of my passport. I’m thinking London in the spring with flowers. Tea with the Queen.

While I come from a big, loving family—I am the baby and surprise...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I walked into the church I serve to preach Sunday morning for the final services of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of Christ. It was also Christmas Eve, which meant our church would begin Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion services by 2 p.m. and contin...

Monday, November 27, 2017

One of my boys takes guitar lessons after school at the church where I work, so he regularly waits in momma’s office. To keep my kiddo from asking for my phone to see whether Minecraft has updates, I recently showed him a thank you card I received in the mail.

Earlier i...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

am not a cowgirl, but, given any opportunity, my feet dress like one. I am so into boots that I have to take slow, deep breaths when I enter a store with gorgeous beauties lined along the walls. I have similar symptoms when I enter a fav flea market, spectacular...

Friday, October 27, 2017

In elementary school, I, along with millions of other children before and after me, loved Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are. ” The story is a short text with illustrations of the little boy Max in his wolf costume, making too much mischief at home. As p...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

During the big-reveal ultrasound that identified our triplets’ genders, the tech announced we were having three more boys. With a ridiculous total of four, we assumed we’d spend hours on soccer or baseball fields, maybe sitting on bleachers, the back of our van filled...

Friday, September 22, 2017

My children do not believe, as I do, that the first day back-to-school is, for some people, a national holiday. Sadly, parental celebration excludes the amazingly dedicated teachers who show up to greet their new halflings for the year. In acknowledgement and appreciat...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It is not uncommon to hear dirty talk at our house, impolite words in the confines of family that I might tag as verbal shoving. 

Or, it could be sibling trash talk.

We have four boys who regularly throw out, “poopy head,” “doo-doo,” “pee pee,” “butt-head,” “whizzpopper”...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My son’s 5th grade class and some middle schoolers were taking a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. I wasn’t sure I should go. I’m not particularly fond of pretending to shoot off in space. However, it has occurred to me to shoot my family off in space. I’m sur...

Monday, May 8, 2017

“Momma’s drinking Gatorade!” they murmured amongst themselves. As if the waters of the nearby Arkansas River would sooner part than the purple pass my lips. As if I had broken a weirdo adult taboo of my own creation, which I did. As if I had uttered a serious curse wor...

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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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