All Things Merry and Bright

We are mere hours away from Christmas morning, and after a minor computer glitch, I'll catch up by sharing random musings of Christmas - Singletary style. We began this holiday season in the best possible way ~ by adding a new sister-in-law! My brother, Ron, married Alicia on December 10, and what a pleasant addition to the family. She has a similarly twisted sense of humor and appreciation for … [Read more...]

Reaping a Harvest

I fully believe in the principle that you reap what you sow, primarily because the Bible states it over and over throughout its pages, but also because I've lived long enough to see it played out in people's lives. Mike and I have made many parenting mistakes, but demanding that they maintain close personal relationships with each other ranks high on the list of things we did right. There … [Read more...]

Can’t Bye This

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it's gotta be worth at least as many smells, sounds, and feelings. This photo was taken this morning, a football-free weekend for the Vikings because of the bye. John had a couple buddies over for an overnight filled with laughter, food, popcorn, more food, video games, and about an hour of community service project. They  had grandiose plans to rake leaves … [Read more...]

Parents Weekend in Absentia

If you live long enough, life has a way of humbling you; and the more kids you have, the more opportunities you'll have to be completely caught off-guard in unavoidably embarassing situations. For this reason, and more importantly, because the Bible says, "the manner in which you judge others is how you'll be judged," I really work hard not to judge others. That said, this past weekend, I … [Read more...]

Costumed Couples Shower

I am not, and really have never been, a fan of Halloween. Even as a kid, I could skip right over the day and head straight for the Holidays ~ the REAL holidays! I've been asked many times about my opinion of whether Christians should celebrate Halloween, which is considered by many as satan's holiday. So here's my opinion... We never celebrated Halloween as a holiday. The day had one purpose, … [Read more...]

Did ‘ya ever…?

...have one of those days? Or three? My Thursday and Friday started on a negative trajectory, and then my Saturday simply nose-dived. I know that there are serious issues that some of my readers live with on a daily basis and would give their right arm to only deal with the petty annoyances that altered my week; but I'm not referring to important matters such as those. I don't mean to be … [Read more...]

This Guy…

I posted the first birthday tribute to Mike last year, and it was entitled 'This Guy..." I thought it was perfectly fitting to use every year, primarily because it's one of his favorite sayings when he's fooling around with his sons or his buddies. An entire year has gone by, and what a year it has been. In some ways, I cringe when I look back and read that post, because we were in the middle of … [Read more...]

…and Middle School Football

The junior high football programs that we've been associated with have all played their games on mid-week afternoons as soon as school lets out, and the Middle School that John attends is no exception. There are 6 games on the schedule, and all are primarily on Tuesday or Thursday. But for NFL coaches, Tuesdays are game plan implementation day, and Thursdays are for practice, leaving it next to … [Read more...]

On College, College Visits, and College Football

What a whirlwind couple weeks I've had! We've been preparing for Jackie's new college adventure for the last six weeks, and the time for her to leave home to embark on the next exciting phase of her life finally arrived. We loaded up her car and she and I headed out before the crack of dawn last Wednesday en route to Branson, Missouri. The kids have attended Kamp Kanakuk for at least 15 … [Read more...]

Ten Years Later

It's September 11, 2011 and all manner of media has extensively honored the fallen heroes of that fateful day 10 years ago, when our country was so violently and brutally attacked. The discussions have ranged from 'where were you when it happened?' to how our country has changed since that historic day. As all Americans 15 years of age and older, I remember exactly where I was. We had just … [Read more...]