When Your Baby Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that ...more

Now Is Not the Time for Intentional Parenting

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at ...more

Should an 18-Year-Old Have Been Cited for Waving a Rubber Penis Out a Car Window?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if ...more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid and I'd Do It Again

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the ...more

It Won't Always Be This Way... Promise.

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look ...more

The Unlikely Friendship of My Mom and Mother

Statistically, foster situations happen when one or both parents are completely incompetent for one reason or another. My mother wasn't incompetent, just overwhelmed. My father was an alcoholic who beat my mother. He was always in and out, sometimes gone for days (jail, most likely) and even months. Then one day, he didn't come back. He was just gone. I was five-years-old the last time I saw him. He said he would meet me on Friday at the bus stop. He wasn't there, and I felt devastated. ...more

10 Reasons Moms Can Be Happy About Back to School

As the blogosphere overflows with back to school posts, frankly I'm tired of reading about it. I'm tired of reading about moms crying into their whiskey laced coffee mugs because Johnny started Pre-K. My kids haven't gone back yet. In fact, orientation is today, and I'm not going to pretend I'm not happy as a pig flopping around in his own excrement about it. ...more
Yay! Someone who is definitely living life! I have five children & I love school terms! Mind you ...more

Why "You Look Like Your Mom" Is the Worst Thing to Say to a Teen Girl

It happens often. When I'm out with my daughter, someone invariably exclaims, “Well, aren't you just the spitting image of your mother?” Outwardly, my daughter smiles. To the stranger, she seems thrilled to be given the comparison. To this mother's eye, I notice a faint twitch beginning to form behind her grin. Or maybe it’s just a bit of nausea coming on. Either way, she's clearly not pleased....more
@DOWNSINTERIORS BlogHer  12 seems like a million years ago so I can't remember if she was happy ...more

Random Thoughts on a Tuesday

Is it really September right now? How in the world did that happen? And when does it start to cool off in St ....more

The Unlikely Friendship of My Mom and Mother

Statistically, foster situations happen when one or both parents are completely incompetent for one reason or another. My mother wasn't incompetent, just overwhelmed. My father was an alcoholic who beat my mother. He was always in and out, sometimes gone for days (jail, most likely) and even months. Then one day, he didn't come back. He was just gone. I was five-years-old the last time I saw him. He said he would meet me on Friday at the bus stop. He wasn't there, and I felt devastated. ...more

Thanks for sharing your house with us, Eden. :) ...

Thanks for sharing your house with us, Eden. :) I love your ingenuity, and the way you've found to make all the spaces work the best for you ....more

Summer, in Review

We had a very busy, very wonderful summer. ...more

My Mother Says...

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High School: It's Her Turn

Emma, our eldest, is in high school. This year, the Class of 2018 are Freshmen. What happened? ...more

#InspirationalEducator – Cheryl Beckwith

Cheryl Beckwith How do you teach for 43 years and still have fun? Cheryl Beckwith, Colorado Rockies MLB All-Star Educator does that every year. Each new school year is a blessing for Cheryl, and those of us who share her profession – regardless of this being our 1st or 51st year – can certainly learn plenty from this #InspirationalEducator ....more

A Workspace, a Boutique, a Dream

As you know, I’m a fan of a inspiring workspace. After 3 years of living and working hard in this office, I still love it. ...more

10 Things to Smile About: #FamilyForward Edition

Every month, I make a list of 10 things to smile about, a great reminder of all the good that’s happened. This month, I would easily make a list of 100 for just the 5 days that we spent at the Family Forward Retreat, put on by Mom It Forward at Universal Studios Orlando. But, I’ll try to keep it down to just 10 ....more

An Essay on How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Today marks the first day of school and the official end to what I had dubbed the mother-daughter summer of fun. After nearly three months of staying up late, sleeping in and pretty much setting our own schedule, we must return to routine....more