Stop Minimizing Molestation

Some people are downright gleeful that the Duggars’ aren’t so perfect and are celebrating their "fall from grace." Did I miss something? We are talking about a young man who molested young girls, right? Who cares how it makes his family look? What ...more

What Does That Even Mean?

A few days ago a young, newly married, Facebook friend of mine posted an article entitled Why My Husband Will Always Come Before My Kids by Amber Doty. In this article, Doty discusses her policy of always prioritizing the needs of her husband over ...more

Their Stories Matter Too

Being a mom blogger, I read countless stories about the antics of toddlers and the pain of watching babies grow into rambunctious tweens. I’ve written my fair share of 10 Things I Want My Child to Know articles and how being a mother has changed ...more

5 Types of People I Hope My Children Never Become

Throughout my life, I have had both the pleasure and displeasure of meeting all different kinds of people. And in doing so, I have figured out the type of person I hope to be, the types of people I want to associate with, and even the people I try to ...more

I Couldn't Buy My Daughter Anything New

There's a superstition among Jews that you don't have a baby shower, think of baby names, set up a nursery, or really do anything to prepare for a baby. It's considered bad luck for your baby. It's counting your chickens before they hatch. ...more

Josh Duggar Shows Why We Should Not Minimize Molestation

Some people are downright gleeful that the Duggars’ aren’t so perfect and are celebrating their "fall from grace." Did I miss something? We are talking about a young man who molested young girls, right? Who cares how it makes his family look? What about his victims? ...more
I had to speak up today on my blog. Not enough discussion about what we are saying to VICTIMS in ...more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on. ...more
Well said! Thank you for this! Couldn't agree more and it's good to see I'm not alone. \U0001f600more

6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for me was definitely feeling like my old life was over and there was this vast unknown of what a "normal" day as a mom looked like. Not to mention what a normal week, month, year, etc. would entail. Needless to say it's a huge life change and can be a little overwhelming. ...more

On faith, manipulation, and the healthy faithful response to the Josh Duggars in our worlds

Let's talk about the Duggars.I don't want to, and I'm sure you don't either. ...more

A Life in Status- February #2, 2015

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter. Preschool Teacher: but she doesn’t know what sound a “w” makes yet ....more

I Forget Until Someone Asks Me

Yesterday, a new friend who teaches high school English asks for my opinion on what I wish incoming college freshman knew better.I recently complained--like I do every May--that teaching wears me down, that maybe I'll retire, that I've lost my love of it. And then someone asks me about teaching, and I start clapping and doing little hops. I begin a lecture on what college freshman need to know.Yes, I talked all about vivid verbs ....more

Summer Reading Picks for Kids, as Picked by a Kid

Auggie has put together a Must Read Books for Kids List, just in time for summer.His opinion is that "The books here are for ages 12 and up, definitely." All are available at your library. Enjoy! Enjoy! ...more

Plummer Ridge Offroading Adventure

I've mentioned a million times before that when I met my husband in high school, he owned a CJ specifically for offroading. We had that third car for years and loved that we didn't have to worry about beating it up! Then, in college and the first few years of our marriage, we did light offroading in trucks that we owned, but couldn't do any REAL offroading for fear of breaking or ...more

How to Handle Tantrums LIKE A BOSS!

Tantrums got you down?Whether it's in the privacy of your own home or in the middle of a restaurant, dealing with tantrums can be daaaang tricky.You know the feeling - you sense it coming on, your blood pressure starts creeping up, and before you know it you've got a screaming, flailing toddler on your hands...Yeah.  Super fun.But there is an easier way!...more

Field of Dreams

It has been a season of ups and downs for the 10U Diamondbacks. Due to an especially rainy spring, all of the teams had very few practices before game time. The Dbacks lost a lot of games and struggled at times -- and ended the regular season second to last in the standings ....more

Where I speak to college grads...

I'll admit I lead a bit of a surreal life. Married to a woman I probably don't deserve. With kids any parent would be proud of ....more

Memorial Day Ceremony at Pierce Brothers Memorial Park Westlake Village

Remember what Memorial Day is for: remembering. We get a day off to honor the men and women lost in the line of duty to our country and freedom. Last year I brought my children to the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pierce Brothers Memorial Park in Westlake Village to expose them to the solemn reason behind this holiday ....more