This Year I Struggle To Find The Light Of The Holiday

I used to love the holidays. We’d string multi-colored lights around our family room and nestle a homemade Styrofoam gumdrop tree in and among the wisps of angel hair gracing our fireplace mantle. Wrapped gifts would rest on the hearth and trickle down onto the floor. No evergreen in sight, but it felt a little like Christmas, even as we lit the menorah all eight nights of Hanukkah. ...more
Parthenia Queen  I do believe we find the greatest joy in giving to others. I hope 2015 is an ...more

My Little Brother Just Turned 40

My little brother turned 40 the other day. That makes me 43, I hate to say.I feel older than that, my life's over I'm fearing.What's that you say? I'm losing my hearing.I remember us as kids playing outside.Making leaf houses and on bikes we would ride.We played Circus Atari, killing the stick man with glee.We'd practice stunts with him balanced on my knee.I laughed at his Ken doll with its girl-like "down there"...Then my Barbie dolls would suddenly be missing their hair....more
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Lof Is All You Need

It is no secret around my house that 2014 has been a tough year. Our family experienced a significant cancer scare. My oldest son underwent an intense surgery that ultimately transformed the way we deal with his hemophilia treatments. We all caught Whooping Cough despite having been vaccinated against it.I was thinking about all of these things (and more) yesterday as I was puttering around the house to put away toys and find something fun (read: not messy) for the kids to do for the afternoon. I walked into the kitchen and I saw this on the chalkboard:It read, LOF....more

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you've been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt menace has moved since the day before. ...more

The Struggle with God's Will for Our Life

One night a friend called to tell me that she had a friend, who was also her insurance agent, who would be adding to his team in the capacity of a Customer Service Representative.  I love this friend. I trust her. I know instinctively based on who she is and our relationship, that her words have value. Those words spoken to me by another person may have held little value....more

10 Things We (Still) Love as Adults That We Shouldn't

(Original post: day you become a mom is the day that you  transition into becoming a bona fide adult. We’re supposed to embrace responsibility and let go of the things that kept us mired in our own childhoods.But those things were kinda awesome, which is probably why lots of us get our claws into the nostalgia of our youth and hang on for dear life....more

10 Things You Can't Do If You Have Kids

10 Things You Can’t Do If You Have KidsPosted on December 12, 2014by ...more

1974 to 1975 sometime

 1974 to 1975 I remember this road, I believe it was a dirt road. Mom was driving and we were riding along. I think we just came from the store, maybe a grocery store, not really sure. ...more

Flashbacks from 1970 forward!

I was born in 1970, to a poor family. I am the second oldest to four of us kids.My parents met at a young age of 14 and 15. They married this young. This had to be around 1967.Crazy today, but back then not so bad. They met in Oregon, underneath the Jefferson Bridge. A cute little town that I briefly revisited just this year. I wish I would have taken more time to just get out and walk around.Went through there in the late evening while visiting an old friend while I was on vacation....more

Ready for 2015

We are SO ready for 2015!  It has been a very stressful and rough year.  A new business, an unexpected pregnancy, a very touch pregnancy, unexpected hospital stays, A LOT of bullying, stalking and drama caused by someone we all know, a new school for Chase (that took him quite a bit of adjusting), a brand new baby (midnight and 3 AM feedings :/ ) the list goes on and on…...more