Translation, please

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A family friend is over here to watch the kids while I write blog posts pay bills and do some work on a consulting project. I just heard a lot of commotion coming from the living room, and now she’s yelling about something. Unfortunately, she doesn’t speak English and my Spanish is not what… [Continue Reading]

I think God’s trying to tell me to call the exterminator

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s been a battle raging the past few days between my laziness and my fear of scorpions: I really don’t feel like dealing with an exterminator visit again…yet my attempts to just forget about the fact that there is a vengeful scorpion lurking somewhere in the vicinity of my bedroom or bathroom have not… [Continue Reading]

They’re baaaaack

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My husband came home last night and picked up a book off of our bathroom floor. There was nothing under it. This is a very bad thing. There was supposed to be a scorpion under it. That’s right, they’re back. For all of you who read this blog only for scorpion stories and were… [Continue Reading]

A scorpion. In a cup. In my kitchen.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My mother-in-law is in town for the weekend. This morning I walked downstairs to see the children dressed smartly, the table set with our nice china, and my mother-in-law serving up a lovely Eggs Florentine dish with the aroma of buttery homemade croissants wafting all through the house. Kidding, kidding! It’s not that kind… [Continue Reading]

Q: What is more terrifying than a scorpion?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A: A scorpion that you thought was dead but turns out to be an angry, un-dead scorpion out for revenge. Have you ever seen one of those horror movies where it’s getting close to the end and the heroes finally kill the monster…but it was a little too easy? And as they’re casually high-fiving… [Continue Reading]

When casual conversation turns controversial

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The exterminator came today. (Why would I need an exterminator? Welcome, new reader! You can read of my woes here, here, here and here). As I followed him around with comments like, “Spray more there…more over there…” and, “Can you just unscrew the lid on that thing and start dumping chemicals everywhere?” we chit-chatted… [Continue Reading]

Scorpions, you have crossed the line

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Guess what I found in a box of clothes in the baby’s room yesterday. A $50 bill! No, kidding. It’s not that kind of house. Any guesses what I actually found, about three feet away from the baby’s crib? Yeah. A scorpion. For new readers or hopelessly optimistic longtime readers, I should clarify that,… [Continue Reading]

A thought to close the day

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Another day draws to a close. Time to shut down my computer, turn off the lights, and give my weary body a rest. I reflect back on the challenges and the joys of this day, wonder if I served God at each moment, feel content with my labor. And as the sun dips below… [Continue Reading]

Greetings from the House ‘O Scorpions

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail So guess what was on the wall by my bed last night? That’s right. A scorpion. In my bedroom. Right by my bed (which, as I mentioned, I strongly prefer to be a scorpion-free zone). Had I turned out the lights just a few moments earlier, I would not have seen it scurrying up… [Continue Reading]

Brother Scorpion, Sister Mosquito

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It would appear that God’s plan for my life has something to do with scorpions. I saw yet another one on the kitchen floor this morning, which was actually less disconcerting than the one that was running at me on my bathroom floor a couple weeks ago (a terrifying seven feet away from my… [Continue Reading]