June, 2012

Of tutus and threethrees (and other crazy conversations)

June 29, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s summer here, and the kids are everywhere.  One of us, Kid Kaboom, is in Honduras, carrying his signature – well, “kaboom” to the equator with other members of the team.  College Kid is here, there, and…wait.  Where is he now?  Probably out with his friends. Electro Boy (a.k.a. Mr. Middle School or Boy Three) […]

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In the storm and the ‘funder,’ God is there

June 28, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published on 06/13/11 in The Goshen News.  It was inspired by a conversation between Little Schrock and his daddy, as well as the tornadoes that devastated the Midwest.  Now, a year later on a day when the Supreme Court handed down a monumentally important and frightening decision, we […]

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Mom heads for Hunker Bunker, escapes fireworks and starving offspring

June 26, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published on 06/25/12 in The Goshen News.  Scarcely was the ink dry on the morning edition when a faithful reader emailed, laughing, and offered her superior decorating skills to outfit my bunker.  That’s a friend. “Mr. Schrock,” read the note that went up the other day.  “Your children […]

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“This is a sugar bowl, and this is a vegetable”

June 23, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  In this classic “Grounds for Insanity” column, The Lively One analyzes the vagaries of masculine (and the offsprings’) visual acuity.  There’s a reason she uses flip charts around here. With a combined 44 years of parenting under my belt, you would think that any naïve and idealistic views I once had about the job […]

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When you need a new name

June 21, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the coffee-scented atmosphere, I sit, mug in hand, leaning in over words, ancient, penned slow by the prophet of old.  “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.” I stop; quiet, listening.  Names… Photo Credits:  Bryan Chris Photography I think of the name I’d held so […]

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Man candles are nice, but there’s more they could do

June 19, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 06/18/12 edition of The Goshen News.  If you could bottle anything – anything at all – and put it into a candle, what would it be? It was a great idea for Father’s Day.  How many ties, after all, does a fellow need?  Or dress […]

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Staying positive in a negative world (wherein I pick your brain and write a speech)

June 18, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“The Petite, Prim, Proper, and Pooped Party Planner presses on. What’s next? Plan speech; prepare perky, powerful proposal; and praypraypray from her perch with her pen. Sans power pumps.” That was the status that went up on Facebook on Tuesday last.  Fifteen phriends ‘liked’ it.  One alert Iowa girl, herself a mother of boys, pointed […]

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And the color is…orange

June 15, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Riddle me, riddle me, ree.  I see something you can’t see.  Riddle me, riddle me ree, and the color is…” This little song is my fail safe.  My safety chute.  It’s my Plan B and the trick I use when the natives really are getting restless. We learned it when College Kid was seven.  Now, […]

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Mother turns game warden on wildlife sanctuary

June 12, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 06/11/12 edition of The Goshen News, this writer’s paper of record.  There won’t be any Goodyear-tread boots anytime soon.  I’m just sayin’. Where they’re coming from, I don’t know.  The other question is how long they’ll stay, and so far, none of them are talking. […]

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Travel light

June 11, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“You don’t need that.”  I knew the voice.  “You don’t need to carry that particular pain.” I’d been thinking over a sore spot; felt the pain of it settling in, sinking down, looking to root, to find a home.  And then The Voice. “This is not something you must carry.”  Oh, wasn’t He kind, the […]

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