the domestic tales of four sisters

Category: Raising Families

Capturing the Christmas Spirit with Big Kids

Capturing the Christmas Spirit with Big Kids

It’s November 1st so in our house, I can officially talk about Christmas. The truth is, I’ve been thinking about it for several months, since last year actually. As Kelsea mentioned in her recent post, we all struggled with Christmas last year. We’ve been unsuccessful at […]

Linus Moment

Linus Moment

  I recall nearly everything about Christmas from childhood. Which is hilarious, because if you ask anyone, I can remember next to nothing from childhood. I cannot tell you what presents I opened, but I can tell you everything you need to know about a […]

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

The nights in Pennsylvania are beginning to cool and in just a few short weeks the leaves will begin to tell the story of crisp fall nights, cozy blankets, hot beverages and all things autumn. Changing seasons. Just like the weather, our lives change from […]

The Wrestle

The Wrestle

“24-25 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. 26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.” […]

The BB Chair

The BB Chair

On October 31, 2016 I had just returned to my home in North Carolina after what could only be defined as the weirdest and most busy period of our lives. Our Pappy had died very suddenly in late September and my kids and I fled […]

Our Summer (mostly) Unplugged

Our Summer (mostly) Unplugged

Today was the last day of school for my kids and I couldn’t be more thrilled! No more waking them early, lunches to pack, homework or crazy schedules; just tons of R&R and family time ahead! One thing our summer won’t include is a ton […]

The Hard Days

I’m hard on myself these days. Especially hard. I eat a brownie, I feel guilt I eat a carrot, I remind myself that one carrot doesn’t equal ten pounds of weight loss. I get grumpy with my husband, I feel ashamed. I get impatient with […]

A Rainbow After the Storm

A Rainbow After the Storm

Many of you probably have read about my dear friend Laurel and her amazing generosity in one of the darkest seasons she and her family will probably have to walk through on this side of Glory.  If you have not read that story, you can […]

My Mother’s Day Wish

Happy (day late) Mother’s Day! If your Facebook news feed was anything like mine you witnessed some very cute mom & kid pictures mixed with articles and open letters about “finally seeing your mom” or “To my mom…” I skimmed them or skipped past them. […]

A Family Welcomes Three…Yes, THREE

A Family Welcomes Three…Yes, THREE

Imagine with me….you and your spouse are school teachers; an elementary reading specialist and high school history.  You don’t make a great deal of money because, well, the district is tiny and let’s be honest – that is just the way the cookie crumbles in today’s society. […]