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Backyard camping on a warm night in Georgia

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 9:25pm

Once upon a time, on a day just like yesterday, there were four children who decided to sleep in the tent in the backyard. They were incredibly excited for this novel adventure, preparing their sleeping spots in the tent as soon as permission was granted.

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:35am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Lessons from "Curious George"

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:03am

My two boys absolutely love “Curious George.” My daughter, age 9, is over it. She much prefers to watch “Martha Speaks” (about a talking dog), and gets rather annoyed with the monkey who “doesn't even talk.”

Regardless, we have watched more than our fair share of “Curious George,” and I have begun to draw some conclusions from the show. I hesitate to consider what it means that I am analyzing cartoons now, but whatever.

Being a Grace Mommy: A Christian perspective

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:03am

As a parent sometimes I regret having to seem so bossy to my kids. “Do this.” "Don't do that.” “No, no, no...” I don't want to be Mean Mommy, but sometimes I have to come across that way in order to be Good Mommy, doing what's best for my children in the long run.

This got me thinking about how God deals with us, His children. There is both Law and Gospel. The Law is all the rules and requirements. The Do's and Don't's and Should's and Shouldn't's. Mean Mommy is all about the Law.

You just never know what will inspire children's imaginations

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 9:05pm

It's funny sometimes what captures our children's interests and imaginations. This week my three kids are enthralled with the classic board game, Candy Land. First published in 1949, Candy Land is a happy alternative to the modern lure of high tech video games.

The whimsical rules of a 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:08pm

There is nothing quite like the self-imposed rules of 4-year-olds. They can create their own terms of How Things Should Be for so many different situations, it's impossible to keep up.

Our 4-year-old really excels at this game of rule making. For example, every night before bed he just has to have a spoonful of honey because one time he was coughing before bed, and I gave him honey to soothe the cough. So now he must have honey, which is fine with me since honey is a healthy food.

Gross discovery at my backyard bird feeder

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:38am

Recently I noticed some strange-looking squirrels at the bird feeder in our backyard. One squirrel had a couple patches of missing fur so I thought maybe he had been in a fight or an accident. After I saw the other squirrel I realized that was not the case.

The second squirrel was covered in fur-less lumps that seemed to have a small hole in the center of them. I wondered if it was cancer or some other dreadful disease. And was it a risk to my dogs and kids who love to roam around the backyard?

New Veterinary Weight Loss Diet

New Veterinary Weight Loss Diet

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:20am

Metabolic Diet

Reconciling myself to the ebb and flow of clutter

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 12:06pm

I suppose every home has a collecting spot. Or at least I like to think that it's not just mine. In our home, the collecting spot is the love seat in the living room. It's the primary place where things gather temporarily. Mail and other assorted papers, shopping bags, laundry to fold, random toys, etc. They are not meant to stay there, but they wait patiently for their next destination.

When a bug bite goes beyond itchy to become a problem

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 12:02pm

Living in South Georgia, we deal with a lot of bugs, from biting mosquitoes and sand gnats to benign yet annoying love bugs. In our family, my 7-year-old son and my husband are the biting bug magnets. We can all be outside together, and the two of them will end up with multiple bites while the rest of us may have just one or two. (They both have O+ blood type, which I read is one factor that attracts mosquitoes.)

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