Author Ann Kirsten

  • Ann Kirsten

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Ann Kirsten has been a writer since kindergarten. Married, with three adult “kids” and two adorable grandkids, she has a lot to write about. She finds sharing her failures and being able to laugh about them, makes learning life’s lessons so much easier. She also believes that chocolate should be consumed daily and tiaras should be worn at all possible times.

 

A New Kind of Christmas Card

I once naively told a funeral director that Christmas must be his quietest time of the year (I figured that even if people were gravely ill they would try and hold on through the holidays). He looked at me like I had lost my mind and said, “It’s our busiest time of the year, suicides are at their highest during December.” I had no idea. Read more...

ANN’S “BUSY MOM” SUGAR COOKIES

Recently, our family was going through a hard time. One day, out of the blue, I received a mysterious manila envelope addressed to “Queen Blogger Ann”. I opened it to find a mesh bag of cookie cutters, a snowflake container of hand sanitizer, and a card from my fellow blogger, Stephanie. I can’t begin to tell you how much that sweet gesture meant to me. A simple thing in a difficult season. So, today I am sharing my recipe for sugar cookies that I made with those cookie cutters. Read more...

Party Panic Is My Love Language

As we head into the Holidays, most moms start to feel their stress level rising. In spite of our best efforts, we somehow tend to get caught up in “perfect mom syndrome” and the desire to give our families the perfect holiday experience is so strong that it usually wins out over our desire to simplify the season. Read more...

Thank You For Chex Mix

As I was doing research on the first Thanksgiving, I found out that the only females left alive after those first awful years of sickness and starvation were four women and two teen girls. It is said that those six women alone cooked the food for the entire settlement and all of their guests on feast day. I could relate to those ladies! Read more...

Ann's Be Still Challenge

We all have reasons for living our lives in fast gear.  Some of our reasons are really good ones too.  We may have a house full of kids, a busy work and social life, or just brains that don’t ever turn off.  Somehow, we seem to have gotten it into our heads that those who are the busiest win somehow.  But, what do we win?  Is it worth it? Read more...

We're In This Together

Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge where otherwise sane people poured ice water on their heads? It became a global phenomenon. And, really why did so many people take part in the craziness? This world is a big place and we are separated not only geographically, but by our belief systems, our politics, our ages, and countless other things. It seems there are more things separating us than there are bringing us together and sometimes it feels downright lonely, doesn't it? Read more...

By the Light of A Candle

I am sitting here in the dark with only the light of a flickering candle. The power is out again. There is no TV, no internet, and no phone. A lot has happened in the last few days and I have purposely kept myself too busy to process it all. And, now I long for the screens of my tech devices to turn my brain to mush. I want to pin craft ideas until my eyes cross. I want to read Facebook posts and check out the latest Instagram pictures. I want to watch an entire season of something on Roku until I’m too exhausted to think. But, all of these options have disappeared and I am left with only a sleeping household and a little candle for company. I can feel my anxiety level rise. Read more...

Halloween Traditions In Our House

When our kids were young, we struggled to figure out how to participate in Halloween. At the time, our kids went to public school during the week and Sunday school on Sunday. Depending on who you talked to, Halloween was either evil or a harmless excuse to dress up and ask the neighbors for candy. Do you have mixed feelings about celebrating Halloween? How have you managed to find a way to celebrate the harvest? And, what are your family traditions? We’d love to hear your ideas. You just may help another mom set up her own rules and traditions. Read more...

We Don't Have An Excuse

I always want to sing The Brady Bunch theme song when I think of my brother’s family: “Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very handsome sons. All of them had hair of .... “ “Here’s the story of a man named Oscar who was busy with a daughter of his own … “ “Till the one day when the lady met this fellow and they knew that it was much more than a hunch that this group would somehow form a family. That’s the way they all became the …” (You get the idea). But, when you hear “the rest of the story”, Osc and Deb make The Brady Bunch look pretty lame in comparison! My brother was a single dad with full custody of his teen-aged daughter when he met his wife-to-be. She had three sons of her own. They only had a few more years of child-rearing until they were DONE raising kids. It could have been all smooth sailing after that. Instead, they announced that they were adopting. Read more...

Bosom Buddies

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink items have begun popping up everywhere. They serve as the perfect reminder to honor the amazing people (men get breast cancer too) in our lives who have battled the disease. Last Saturday three of my survivor friends met me at Big Fish Grill in Woodinville for a luncheon celebrating … THEM! Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 12-20-2014

    Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Read More

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