Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

This is one of my all-time favorite posts, originally published on Her View From Home. My only child's ninth birthday is approaching. Half of his childhood is in the books. My day to day mom duties are half over. Where the hell did the time go? Perhaps by the time he...

Sometimes I Miss Five

Sometimes I Miss Five

This post is one of my all-time favorites and was originally shared on Her View From Home. For the last few months, I’ve found myself missing my five-year-old. Don’t get me wrong, I love him as the nine-year-old he is now, but oh five was sweet. Five was full of...

I Catch Myself

I Catch Myself

More often than I'd like to admit I stumble. I fall short of the person I'd like to be. I catch myself being impatient. I catch myself making judgments that aren't mine to make. A couple years ago I was having one of those good days where I felt on top of my game. It...

Ode to the Evening Walk

Ode to the Evening Walk

An evening walk is a soothing ointment. It takes some of the sting away. It is time to both escape and reconnect. These precious few minutes can put all of the previous hours into clearer focus by softening the lens through which they are viewed. Dusk is my favorite...

Knowing Your Worth

Knowing Your Worth

This post was originally shared on Her View From Home. It used to happen every two weeks. It was routine and expected. It was sometimes anticipated but often taken for granted. It was earned. It was praise for hard work. It was recognition. It provided security,...

Life Lessons and Lawnmowing

Life Lessons and Lawnmowing

We have recently expanded our yard. In the new area, we prepared the soil, fed it fertilizer, and spread grass seed. In the time since we've faithfully watered. We watched the black dirt anxiously awaiting some sign of life. Then almost magically it appeared. Little...

The Almost Invisible Girl

The Almost Invisible Girl

It was almost like she was never there and yet I can't get the image of her out of my head. My son and I were spending the day running errands together and stopped for lunch at a Subway in a quaint town we both enjoy. The sun was shining, the sky blue, and we were...

Kindness Ripples

Kindness Ripples

I have found a way to get a little thrill out of grocery shopping. It is a simple act of kindness that only costs 25 cents that brightens my day. Grocery shopping is not high on my list of favorite activities. As a family, we are trying to eat healthier and all those...

A Day to Honor Daddy

Memorial Day changed for me one morning in September. A friend had recruited me to help out with a charity event benefitting families of fallen soldiers. I'm a bit of a yes person when asked to help and this seemed worthy of that response. In has turned out to be one...

In The Shadow of Service

In The Shadow of Service

Karen had everything she had ever wanted in life. She had a husband, two young children, a house, a dog. She loved her role in the Army wife community. Her soldier husband had safely returned home from service in Kuwait. They could finally be a family. The white...

Darcy’s Story

Darcy’s Story

Stories of the Lost & Found There are people who have suffered unimaginable loss. The loss of someone they loved or the loss of themselves in one way or another. Some of those who have suffered have chosen to live with grace and gratitude. Their choices are brave...

To Fidget or Not to Fidget

To Fidget or Not to Fidget

Love them or hate them fidget devices are everywhere. A search for fidget spinner on Amazon brings up 37,127 listings ranging in price from less than a dollar up to several hundred dollars for models with fine finishes and ceramic bearings. There are ninja spinners...

Keep Alice Out Of Wonderland

Keep Alice Out Of Wonderland

My son was in preschool when twenty little kids were killed at Sandyhook Elementary. On that day less than two weeks before Christmas, I sobbed over my keyboard as the news came in. I thought of the gifts I had hidden in the house for my own four-year-old and how...

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

If you were to meet Nicole you would find her to be warm and bubbly. Her hair would likely be adorable since she's an amazing hair stylist. She is a lover of Jesus and nineties rap music. She'd probably make you feel good about yourself. And there's a good chance...

Tonight Santa died at our house. Our almost nine year old asked in his most serious voice for the truth on Santa's authenticity and this mama confirmed what he was quite certain of already. Santa is a phony. Much to my relief he was not upset in the least. In a...

I’m Not A Size

I’m Not A Size

Yesterday while in the unflattering light of a fitting room I came to a realization. I'm not a size. Neither are you. Weight is personal and scary to talk about, but here goes. I was a big baby. I was shall we say a little pudgy through childhood. I remember...

Eat The Damn Raisins

Eat The Damn Raisins

A little over two weeks ago I was having a typical day. I was running errands and going in multiple directions. I try to be a regular blood donor and had made an appointment - half out of good intentions and half swayed by the incentive of an Amazon gift card. So I...

The Endless Possibilities of Lumber and Faith

The Endless Possibilities of Lumber and Faith

On a weekend visit to a home improvement superstore with my husband, I proclaimed I was "drunk on the smell of lumber and possibility." I love home improvement stores, I love the smell, the energy, and the endless possibilities. I love projects and the idea that with...

Cookies & Milk, Are You A Dunker?

Cookies & Milk, Are You A Dunker?

There are two kinds of people in this world (and I'm not talking politics) there are dunkers and non-dunkers. I'm a dunker, so when Jim Smith asked me to review his latest creation, The Dunky Cup, which he designed to make dunking cookies in milk more convenient I...

Dearest Self

Dearest Self

I wrote a post (Not-So-Sexy Ways To Love Yourself) over on Show Your Blog Love about ways to love yourself. One of my suggestions was to write a love letter to yourself. It sounds cheesy and a little painful, but I tell you what - do it anyway and be honest. This...