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The difference of a year by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There This time last year, I was just coming out of surgery. The morning I went in, I weighed in at 250. This was 30 lbs down from my highest.  (Before pics are here  ... Read on »
And Now by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dixie seems to be Dixie. She came out of her stay with a few new insights, a desire to be home, a mild appreciation for her mother and a medication that turned her into a zo ... Read on »
Today by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Well, we have running water. That's an improvement. And Dowlan had already taken the day off work, so I wasn't quite as on my own as I could have been. There are no weekd ... Read on »
Yesterday by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting was a horrible day. We woke up the morning after two tornadoes hit our area. At 6:30 a.m, it was light enough to start using the chainsaw to get the tree off the roof and ... Read on »
The downside of 'charming' by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We live in an 83-year-old stone farmhouse that we bought from the great-granddaughter of the man who built it. It has a half acre yard with a barn, fenced-in garden and we ... Read on »
After Pics by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting And figured progress pics would be needed. Here are my 'before' pics, from 54 lbs ago. Read on »
Grounded by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie, upon learning that Dixie used his Darth Vader marker to color her toenails, issued the following punishment. "Daddy, you have to ground her from everything, exce ... Read on »
Autism talk by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This morning is our town's Autism Walk. We didn't put together Team Charlie because we were supposed to be camping with the Cub Scouts. Due to a series of unfortunate events ... Read on »
Bathroom Talk by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie just came out of the bathroom announcing, "Download complete." Apparently, it's toilet humor day. We have a new dual-flush toilet with two buttons. they symbols a ... Read on »
Charlie Theology by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie is on a mission to get baptized, "Before I turn to the evil side." Because, as you well know, this is inevitable. One of the trickier parts of being a seven year ... Read on »
Proposal Story by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I was asked yesterday how he proposed an realized I'd never put the story here: I came home from work with a horrible sinus headache and fell asleep on the couch. H ... Read on »
Next project! by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So, this is an awkward space in my living  room.  Made all the more awkward because the heater does not work.  I got these chairs at a garage ... Read on »
Christmas Eve by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Ten years ago tonight I was nine months pregnant. I was sore and miserable, waddling and tired. It was my first Christmas to not be at my parents' house and the house seemed ... Read on »
It's a disease, I tell you by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So we got all my sewing stuff out of the playroom and this meant that the playroom had to be organized.  And I'm glad to have it all clean. Anyone who has seen th ... Read on »
I didn't know that was a part by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "You elbowed me in the PopTart." ~Melody Anne Read on »
Shrine to Temple by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting After another day's work; Read on »
Barn renovations by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Our 82 year old farmhouse has a 30+ year old 25x20 barn in the back. It's divided into a front work section and a back storage section.  We don't know exactly what year it ... Read on »
Before pics by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm already about 20 lbs down, but I don't really have any pics I can dig up, so here are my before pics.  Read on »
Plan B by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting For quite awhile, Charlie has been on a distinct career path: he will be a firefighter and save cats from trees so he can take them home to Dixie for her to love. He will ma ... Read on »
The Torch is Passed by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This is a post I’ve been putting off writing for about a year now. It’s strange finding myself to be an Actual Grown Up. As an AGU, I’m expected to do all sorts of thing ... Read on »