• Richard and Linda Eyre's The Entitlement Trap

    Joy and Consistency

    This last little while, I have been working on learning how to be a better parent and discovering how to raise happy children. This feels weird to admit but, things came easy for me when my little ones were babies. It was innate in me, natural. I relished it. Infancy is like a drug to this […]

  • Sunsets are Therapeutic

    They should NOT allow women with multiple children to attend church without a significant other/referee/hired thug. I thought I’d figured that out last week, but today really cemented it for me! Lulu was in rare form today… which was not helped by the “dry-councilman” going over time. I took the baby out once, June out […]

  • Smiling {Gypsy Magpie}

    Something to Smile About

    Today I wrote a children’s book. Well, I think it’s been written in my head for years. I just finally wrote it down on paper, well, typed it on Word. I don’t know what I’ll ever do with it. Let’s be honest, I’m a stay-at-home mother of 4 from Utah, so it probably won’t ever […]

  • Honeybee {Gypsy Magpie}

    Honeybee

    via The Graphics Fairy I found out this week that I am getting a niece. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Apparently, after all the boys my parents produced, there is no testosterone left! This will be the 4th granddaughter. Who would have ever imagined, well, other than my Nana. She wishes girls on everyone so […]

  • About Me {Gypsy Magpie}

    The Letter

    My Daddy thinks I’m pretty great. He always has. And if that wasn’t always the case, he NEVER let on. I was his “Sunshine Girl” and my little girl me made him happy. But, if you listen to most of my extended family or old neighbors tell it, you’d get a different story. I must of […]

  • What I wish I could tell my teenage self {Gypsy Magpie}

    A Song for my Younger Me.

    Though I wouldn’t want to change things from the past because I know every joy and pain I experienced helped me grow, there are some things I wish I could tell my younger self…   Remember that lurpy, buck-toothed, quirky, unbelievably hyper, coke bottle eyeglass wearing, full of sunshine, smart girl that always got an […]

  • Just because you loved them {Gypsy Magpie}

    Motherhood… Just Because YOU Loved Them

    Legend has it that my Great-Grandma Anderson made THE best banana bread. My dad tells my mother every time she makes some. To be quite honest, one of the reasons I learned to cook as a teenager, was so that I could make my daddy as happy as his grandma made him. I wanted desperately […]