The things we do for our kids


This is what happens when your husband goes to the grocery store and buys an after-Easter rabbit on sale and your daughter asks you to put antlers on it.

The Easter bunny turned jackalope happened yesterday. How could I say no when my daughter asked me to turn her bunny into a jackalope? Where there’s a will (or an idea), there’s a way.

So I took a scroll down memory lane this morning and found pictures of all the strange “fixes” I’ve had to do to toys over the years. I hope you enjoy. What’s the strangest thing you’ve had to do for someone?  (Tweet this)


This is what happens when your daughter’s favorite Barbie, Cheetah Girl, loses a hand. She becomes Pirate Barbie! Arr!


This is what happens when Cheetah Girl #2 loses a hand (see the blue hook) and also loses a leg. You make her a hook hand AND a wheelchair. I offered to make a peg leg but my daughter told me no. /shrugs/


This is what happens when your dog eats the horn off your daughter’s unicorn. You make a prosthetic horn. Looks like a little party hat, doesn’t it?


This is what happens when the same dog, a few days later, eats the eye off the replacement unicorn. You make a patch and voila, a pirate unicorn.

And a couple of fun projects revolving around wardrobe.


When you want to go as a fairy for Halloween, Grandma makes dresses and Mom makes wings.


Camp shirts for Glow in the Ark. 

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When you want to dress up as Abe Lincoln for a school project. Before you ask, the 16 is because he was the 16th president. 😉

And, remarkably, all of these requests have come from my youngest daughter. She thinks outside the box and apparently believes her parents can fix anything. It’s interesting to me how sometimes all you need to be creative is for someone to challenge you to do something you never thought of. (Tweet this.)

The Big Unpredictable Sky of Motherhood

If you think motherhood is easy, one of the following is probably true:

  1. you have a child still young enough to control
  2. you are not doing it right
  3. you have never been a mother

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As my husband and I sat talking with my daughter and her husband on our back porch under a magnificent Texas sky, I marveled at how much my relationship with my daughter had changed since ten years ago.

Back then, I’d only hoped and prayed that she and I would one day enjoy again the closeness we’d experienced before she reached her teen years.

To say the least, our relationship was stormy during most of high school and well past college. I’d get a glimpse of blue sky on occasion, but soon the clouds would gather again.

Still I believed that at any time her attitude toward me could change overnight, like the weather. I only needed to ride out the ugliness and wait for a beautiful sky to open up again, as it surely would.

If you’re a teenager reading this, try to give poor old mom a break now and then. As my daughter admitted after living as an adult on her own for a few years, mom winds up having been right about most things you fought with her so hard about.

If you are a mother who has raised an easy child, you were indeed blessed.

Readers, do you think you were an easy or a difficult child to raise? How about your own children?