t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.


Keeping Me Smiling

Callista: Mom look! There's a toe nail.
Me: What?
Callista: Mom, up in the sky a toe nail.

She said this while pointing to the crescent moon.

A few hours later.

Callista: Mom, the toe nail is glowing now! Cool.

Callista: Mom, if Uncle Derald married Hannah Montana, she would be my aunt. That would be weird.

Uncle Derald ate in the same restaurant as Miley Cyrus and Callista thinks surely they must have fallen in love.

It's 11:03 pm, Callista is lying on the bed next to me (she fell asleep during quiet time). I turn out the light and begin to hear protracted breathing and wait for her idiosyncratic, deep guttural snoring...And then

Callista: Mom. Why do we have chins?

After the initial shock that she was still awake wore off...

Me: Well our chin is part of our mandible or jaw bone. Without our mandible we wouldn't be able to chew.
Callista: Okay.

Moments later guttural snoring begins.