SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL, AFRAID

SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL, AFRAID It is that time of the year again. The time when we send our children off to school to learn, to grow, to socialize, to develop mentally, physically, and emotionally. School is not a replacement for the personal growth happening at home, but we would be short-sided if we didn’t believe that eight hours of …

REPAIR OR REPLACE? LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECT FLOORS

REPAIR OR REPLACE? LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECT FLOORS After I married Keith, we moved to Montana from Arizona, and we built a sweet little house out on some land. We wanted a place the kids could stretch their legs, play and explore. The house was a ton of hard work, especially for my husband Keith, who did …

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR Below are the words of wisdom I shared with my 6th-grade daughter and my 4th-grade son going into another new School Year. 10 THINGS I TOLD MY DAUGHTER AS SHE WENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. #1 – Not everyone will like you, that’s okay. Be kind, and don’t take it to heart. It’s not …

FINDING A DEEPER MEANING

FINDING A DEEPER MEANING – 10 THINGS BALI TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIVING LIFE WITH MORE MEANING Some places are magical because they are stunningly beautiful. Some places are magical because they are open-air museums, a snapshot into history. Some places scream culture, arts, and nightlife. Some places have the best food, live music, or endless theatre. And then there is …

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RAISING CHILDREN YOU DIDN’T CREATE

OCT27 RAISING CHILDREN YOU DIDN’T CREATE You didn’t help create them. You didn’t hold my hand over the nine months as they formed. You didn’t help pick their cribs, their names, or their first outfit. You weren’t there at their birth. You didn’t drive them home from the hospital. You didn’t rock them to sleep over their first year of …

THE HEARTACHE OF DONUTS WITH DAD AND MUFFINS WITH MOM

THE HEARTACHE OF DONUTS WITH DAD AND MUFFINS WITH MOM Dear school administrator, I think it’s time we drop Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom. Allow me to explain why so many of us feel this way. I’m writing this letter to you on behalf of every single SOLO parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or godparent in this world. Some …

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR

Below are the words of wisdom I shared with my 6th-grade daughter and my 4th-grade son going into another new School Year. 10 THINGS I TOLD MY DAUGHTER AS SHE WENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. #1 – Not everyone will like you, that’s okay. Be kind, and don’t take it to heart. It’s not your job to convince people of your …

THE #1 BEST THING ABOUT BEING WIDOWED!

THE #1 BEST THING ABOUT BEING WIDOWED! I’ll save you all the work of scrolling down through this text to find the answer to the teaser that is in the title of this blog. The best thing about being Widowed is: OTHER PEOPLE’S JUDGEMENT Whaaaaaaat?! Yes. Other people judging you is the number one best part of widowhood (having permission …

BEFORE THE NEXT STAGE

BEFORE THE NEXT STAGE It seems like yesterday that the doctor placed you in my arms and I fell in love. You were, and still are incredible. So tiny So innocent So perfect within your newness I didn’t know that less than three years from that moment, I would have to look in your sweet and beautiful blue eyes and …

18 CRITICAL THINGS TO GIVE UP IN 2018

18 CRITICAL THINGS TO GIVE UP IN 2018 It’s the end of another year and time for those time-honored New Year resolutions. We do it every year. We promise to drop weight, get healthy, fix our lives in one way or another and we swear to begin in one fell swoop in just one day. What I’ve learned in my …