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Do you ever feel like your job is taking over your life? Or keeping you from living your life? Feel like you're missing major family events, or making challenging choices when it comes to caregiving for either the young or the elderly in your family because of work commitments? ...more

My Real Job: I Am a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do.” ...more
It's not a job. It's HARD WORK, but not a job. Did it...done...empty nester...NOT A JOB. No ...more

Skipping College & 9 Other Things We Did to Buy a House at 24

We've been planning and preparing for this moment for years. Working hard, saving harder, and the day has finally come. We're able to move out of our third-story, two-bedroom apartment and into a home with enough rooms for each child to have one and a backyard where they can play....more
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Hold On or Let Go?

That would really depend on the situation, right, Mi?What would I like to hold on to? Memories of you. What would I like to let go? Hurtful memories – you know what I mean....more

How much of you is really you?

Let me ask you that seriously. It’s a very complex and open-ended question that I can’t come to any terms with. It’s something I think about every day. I think about the things I like to do, and I think about the mistakes and successes I’ve had, and I wonder how much of that I want my boys to repeat. I may not have a bunch of money, but geez, I feel like I have an awesome life. 99.9% of the time I’m happy, and the other 0.01% of the time I’m simply angry, but I’m never depressed and I have no substantial regrets....more

Buddha's Teachings for Women

  Sita is the Hindu goddess personifying loving submission to the masculine, the divine, and life itself. The stolen and then abandoned wife; she stands for love and suffering, the same way Mary does for Christians. I am sure we all know a female relative with the same qualities. Somehow, as women, we have all nurtured or suffered from these “inherited” traits. ...more

Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-hour drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:...more
Fun in Fairfax VA I love the idea of goody bags and travel bingo. He's still little, but he ...more

Paring Down, and the Power of Sentimentality

Even though the first stage in our "big move" is still some months away, I've...more

Weekend Photo Hunt (Joy-Youth)

Once a week I meet my friend Qunella and we have a cup of coffee at UNDER THE SUN A fun whimsical place and all sort of cool things.But I find Joy having a cup of coffee and chit chatting....more

I Left Home 10 Years Ago....

      Ten years ago, I left my hometown in Missouri to start a life on my own.  I left family, friends, college, and the only place I ever really knew....more

Playing with Beads and Wire

Like most writers I know, I have some issues about squeezing in the things I feel like I should be doing. Writing sometimes (ok, often!) gets added to the end of the list, instead of being #1, which would make me most happy. Born in a generation where duty came first, fun came second, if it came at all, there was not much time to Play. Our female role models, washed clothes on Mondays, ironed on Tuesdays and vacuumed on Wednesdays. And then vacuumed again before the weekend, if it needed it or not. Wow, those were the days!...more

Frequently Abiding In THe Lord leads to the destruction of False Evidence Appearing Real..

Based on my research I believe Zig Ziglar coined the phrase False Evidence Appearing Real & I have heard Joyce Meyer use it as well. It is a great acronym and fits perfectly with this latest entry. When we stop to think about it most of our fears are exactly that false evidence appearing real. However can feel very real because they may be rooted in a little bit of truth or what has ...more

What We Can Learn From European Women

The oversized purse, the perfect manicure and the cell phoned pressed against one’s ear are all trademarks of the American-made female.  It’s true that in America our range of beauty supplies, clothing options and array of technologies seem endless.  But what can we learn from our female counterparts across the pond? They are seemingly dong more with less.  Even without a walk-in closet and a slew of Apple products, when European women hit the streets, they are doing it with style and ease. Here are a few things we can learn from European women....more