One Word (or two) for 2019.

It's that time again to ditch the New Year's resolutions in favor of One Word to focus on all year long. I've picked my one word for 10 years now and it's helped me to stay focused on what I want to accomplish. For instance, rather than saying, "I want to lose weight," I might... Continue Reading →

Let go…of high expectations at work?

Let go. Sure enough, as soon as I settle on my One Word for 2018, God decides it's a good time to test me on the art of letting go. I subscribe to the Skinning Artist blog, and last weekend the title of Drew's email was, "Sometimes it's okay to let go..." Ugh. When did He... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Transformation at Any Age

I've been thinking a lot about transformation lately. Sometimes we can forget who we are, who we once were, or who we wanted to be once upon a time. I think that can happen to anyone but it especially true with mothers. I have been mothering for 15 years now and for all those years... Continue Reading →

Happiness in life is more about who than what

Happiness in life is an elusive thing. I can be happy at an event or moment in life, but to sustain that happiness beyond the moment or event is a little harder to do. For most people, happiness is difficult to achieve continuously throughout life. Life is like a rollercoaster, with extreme happiness ups and gut-wrenching... Continue Reading →

Those Left Behind After Suicide

When  I was 19, a friend killed himself. That day we had a fight. A silly, stupid teenager fight. It meant nothing. In fact, we probably would have been at a party later that weekend laughing about it, hugging it out...instead he killed himself. There was no tomorrow. I use the words "killed himself" rather... Continue Reading →

Show kindness even if you’re not feeling it

I always wonder why God loves this planet of humans. Just turn on the TV, hop on the Internet (or drive in rush hour traffic) and you'll see plenty of examples of humans behaving badly, being cruel, inconsiderate, unkind, hateful...not even remotely compassionate. We hear of humans doing compassionate things, say when there is a... Continue Reading →

Weekend Wandering: Feeding Your Creativity

When I was in art school there was this notion about being a starving artist. That to be a "true artist" you have to be broke to create. If you're not struggling, you're not creative. Getting a "real" day job is being a sell-out to your art. Well, since I don't really like eating Ramen... Continue Reading →

What it’s like to live with an anxiety monster

Like most moms, my day usually start chaotic, but it's how it always is.  Wake up, get dressed, wake the kids, make lunches while stepping over the dog (14 times) who is laying on the kitchen floor, drink coffee while making sure kids are dressed, try to get them to eat breakfast with no luck,... Continue Reading →

Where did I go wrong (or They will go their own way, part 2)

When our kids mess up, as mothers it's easy to turn the blame on ourselves. Isn't it? We ask, "Where did I go wrong?" What did I do wrong as a parent? Didn't I teach them right from wrong? What could I have done differently? It's interesting to me that when a teen gets in... Continue Reading →

Discovering who we are…it’s a continuing story that matters

We all have spiritual gifts. I grew up in a small town in Missouri. As the John Mellencamp song goes, "Educated in a small town; Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town..." Fearing Jesus? Yes, the church I attended, the same Religion my mother, and her mother, and her mother's mother all attended,... Continue Reading →

To all the Mean Moms out there…Happy Mother’s Day!

There are two things that are guaranteed when you become a mother... you will catch your child's puke in your hands; and you will be called a Mean Mom by one, or all your children It will happen once, twice, or even more times than you can count. And if you have more than one... Continue Reading →

Maybe I want a quiet, simple life

Maybe I don't want to participate in the rat race, the breaking of the glass ceiling, or climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe I don't want to be so busy that I wear busy like a badge of honor. Maybe I don't want to keep up with the Jones', live beyond my means, or have a... Continue Reading →

Words for thought

It's been a crazy, stress-filled week and a half. I am trying, really hard, to stay calm. Last week ended with finally finishing up a huge project at work that had my anxiety monster going crazy. I didn't get fired (yet) because, like I said, I am crazy. I mean, my anxiety monster  is crazy...I might... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on bad days

Yesterday was a very long hard day. Actually the last 3 weeks have been pretty hard. But yesterday? It was a crazy shit-show. That's a little term we say in the printing world when things go very wrong, and you may or may not be the cause of it. There are three things I hate: Letting people... Continue Reading →

The rules we break.

You can't eat pizza for breakfast. Or grilled cheese. You can't eat ice cream for dinner, either. Your clothes have to match. So do your socks. You can't write in your Bible. You must have birthday cake on your birthday. You shall not sing loudly in church if you can't carry a tune in a... Continue Reading →

Counting your blessings

Sometimes it's easier to focus on the negative. This world is sort of built for the negative. It's not what you have, but what you should have. That kind of mentality is all around us. Sometimes it's easier to dwell on the ones who have wronged us rather than the ones who bring joy into... Continue Reading →

Sometimes you just need quiet time

Sometimes you need a little quiet time. Time to just breathe, decompress, take a break from the world. Because this world is loud.  I don't just need my quiet time...I crave it. Especially when I am being pulled every which way at work and again at home. When my days, weeks, are non-stop noise. Being... Continue Reading →

I will always be a new mom

I've officially been a mother now for a little over 14 years. Long gone are the days of having a new-born who won't sleep through the night. Those days were so awkward. I didn't know what the heck I was doing, what was the "right" way to do this mothering thing. There were so many questions.... Continue Reading →

Dear moms of teens, it’s time we stick together.

Dear moms of teens, It's time we stick together. Seemingly good teens will make bad decisions. Sometimes they don't get caught, or it takes months before the truth comes out. Sometimes they get caught doing something with potentially dangerous consequences. And when they get caught, we moms have to stick together. And stop the finger... Continue Reading →

May in Photos plus a Recipe

May has been crazy. It's been a frantic race to the finish line to summer break. Every year I say this is the year I grow herbs in a pot. And then I kill it. The cilantro tasted great while it lasted. Sitting in rush hour traffic, with a rainbow in my rear view. It's... Continue Reading →

There will always be someone who does it better

In life,  no matter what you are doing; no matter how much experience you have at your job; no matter the advanced degree that require post-nominal acronyms after your name; no matter if you’ve been doing it—whatever it may be—for 4 years or 40 years…there will always be someone who does it better. Or, at... Continue Reading →

Because I haven’t posted in a month

So. I haven't posted in a month. Can I make it up to you with my new favorite chocolate chip muffin recipe? The recipe can be found on Cooking Classy. We made 36 for Parker's class read-in. It was to celebrate finally wrapping up PARCC testing. And they are #damndelicious! My mom sent me wall... Continue Reading →

On Lists and Motivation.

I am a list maker. I love making a list of things to-do or want-to-do, then checking each one off. Yes, I am one of those girls. Say whatever you want about me; it makes me feel accomplished. Like I am doing something. I've been so busy with two new volunteer projects and working full-time... Continue Reading →

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