A Year of Smiles – Day 304


I was taking a friend of my younger son home. It was late. The sky was hazy but the moonlight was still brilliant. My son was laid back in the front seat while his friend sat in the back. Both were silent – so silent I thought they had fallen asleep until…

Suddenly, one spoke up, “It’s a full moon!”

The other replied, “Why do we even have to know the phases of the moon? We don’t need that information.”

“I know. We have to know all kinds of things that we’ll never use!” said the first in agreement.

“Yeah. Like decimals,” the second said smugly. “When are we ever going to use decimals?”

At first, I was chuckling softly to myself but at this point, I was laughing out loud! Decimals. Let’s see. Balancing a checkbook, purchasing gas, purchasing anything, handling money, measuring, reading your car odometer, money. Did I mention money?

I futilely offered several uses to these two know-it-alls. They had an argument for everything. Finally, I quit trying. 

One day, boys. One day. You’ll be needing those decimals but don’t come seeking help from. If you do, I’m afraid the only thing I’ll do is refer you back to this blog post and SMILE. 😉


A Year of Smiles – Day 289


Faster than a little boy’s ability to make up excuses to skip school.

More powerful than the myriad of sicknesses plaguing his body.

Able to spot a tall tale with a single glance.mom-2010524_1280

Look! In the kitchen!

It’s a doctor.

It’s Dad.

No, it’s Mom – armed with the Pink Pills of Power ready to battle the crippling moves of the stomach’s arch-nemesis, Tum E. Ache. Pills so powerful that with the mere mention of their name, even the worst aches and pains flee in fear.

Our story begins at the Smith household where a little boy is just waking up to get ready for school….

We see our young victim crawling out of his chair, doubled over with his arm around his stomach. The little boy cries, “Ohhhh! My stomach hurts!”

Then from the kitchen, our hero appears and proclaims, “I’ll get the Pepto!”

WHAM! BOOM! POW! Those four powerful words knock Tum E. Ache to the floor and he quickly vanishes to escape his impending doom!

The little boy, now walking upright and wearing a smile on his face, happily ingests the bubble gum goodness of the powerful pink Pepto.

And our hero quietly retreats to the kitchen to enjoy her coffee but keeps a watchful eye on her surroundings. You never know when Tum E. Ache or his League of Phony Syndromes will rear their ugly heads again!

Being a mom means you have to face all kinds of evil foes every day, including that pesky “I don’t wanna go to school” monster. The key is being armed with the right weapons. A whole lotta love and patience and a little bit of children’s chewable Pepto 😉 will ensure the victory and the SMILES every time!


A Year of Smiles – Day 213

Reason to SMILE #213: YOU’VE GOT THIS!

This week many of the children in my church begin another year of school. The first day of school is always a dreaded day in my household (actually, any school day is!) and I’m sure it’s the same for many other households. Of course, there are a variety of reasons to be anxious over the beginning of a new school year. For my kid, it’s merely that he doesn’t see the point of school! (Yep. Tell me how do you deal with that one! – – Please!) No matter the reason, I completely understand. I had a whole list of them myself. So, for all of you out there who may have kids hesitant to begin this new school year, here’s a SMILE to pass along:

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And if you’re not a student, well, this SMILE is for you, too! Remember, no matter what you are facing, God and You have got this!