I need a break from life.

My life isn’t terrible. In fact things are going really well. But I feel that I need a break from life. I’m tired of parenting my own kids and others. I’m tired of going to bed late and getting up early. The laundry and dishes. The diapers and naptimes. Scheduling and billing take so much […]

Season of life – change like the wind

In another season of life, I kept a blog for years and years that recorded our homeschooling adventures. I gave family members (and friends) a peek into our life though they lived far away. That blog morphed into a business venture that never truly got off the ground with any efficiency. As life continued to […]

Our Favorite Recipes – Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and Sour Sauce Joanne Barkman 1 cup ketchup 1 cup brown sugar salt to taste 3/8 cup vinegar 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 1/2 cup water Mix ingredients and heat until it starts to thicken. Pour over fried or baked meatballs. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. (I add the meatballs to the pot of sauce. I […]

Please Don’t Join My MLM – at least not for this reason!

I will never require someone to join my team to help me. In fact, please don’t join my MLM… (An MLM is a multi-level marketing organization…many home based businesses are MLMs. Some examples would include Scentsy, Party Lite, Amway, Norwex, Young Living, Doterra, and various other jewelry and clothing companies.) We’ve all done it. The […]

How to REALLY start a Citizens On Patrol Organization

This is the letter I nearly¬†sent to an official early on in the process of starting this society. You can probably hear and feel the frustration. It was at this point in the process that I was about to give up, walk away, and never mention C.O.P. again! Dear xxxxxxxxx, I am highly frustrated; please […]