Who Are You?

The new year has always been a time for introspection and reflection.  A time to turn inwards and figure out where you want to go and what you want to change for the new year.  So who are you?  Deep down, at your core...what is the one word you would use to describe yourself?...more

Blue Christmas

I made it to the finish line.  All the gifts are completed, wrapped, and shipped.  And then my complete Christmas came completely unraveled.My youngest son is leaving Tuesday to take a job on the other side of the state.  Now, in most states, this wouldn't be a big deal.  But this is Texas which means he will be 9 1/2 hours away.  Not a trip that can be taken on a whim or even a weekend.  I won't see him for months....more

Look at Me!

I was recently listening to Greg Laurie on the radio and he mentioned a USA Today poll of Millennials, young Americans born after 1982, who said what they wished for most in life, is to be rich and famous. We certainly see this with You Tube and some of the crazy things that go on. But, I thought it was interesting that he related it to the fact that this generation of kids grew up with a camera in their face every time they did anything. First smile, first tooth, first haircut, first day of school, first job… ...more

Staying in Touch

A story in the paper recently caught my eye. In 2006 a law was enacted in North Carolina, which made it illegal for kids under 18 to use their cell phones while driving. The Insurance Institute ran a very low tech study, where they basically watched teens leaving the school parking lot and came to the conclusion that most kids still talk on their phones while driving. ...more

Spending and the Stuff of Scholars

My daughter, Brittany can spend money faster then anyone I know. It’s a good thing she enjoys working so much because she’s not a saver and supporting her life style will be an on-going thing. (Unless of course her parents die early and leave her everything. She might be able to take a little break then.) ...more

Mom Revisited

I nod with a knowing smile at my young mother friends who throw up their hands at the latest crisis with their children. Is it bed-wetting, pink eye, inability to play nicely with others? Mark my words, I say, you will blink and all of a sudden they're grown up. This is what older women used to tell me when I was a young mother and I thought they didn't know what they were talking about....more
@victorias_view It is a seismic change for everyone, for sure. :)more

The Tables Have Turned

I've been accused by my children on multiple (thousands) occasions of being a helicopter mom.  It's true, I am. Proud of it!!  But I have experienced that unique empty-nester phenomena of having the tables turned.My sons are incredibly (over)protective.  And this morning, something occurred that illustrates it perfectly....more

Be Done

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense" -Ralph Waldo EmersonHow hard is that for you to do?  I know for myself it's almost impossible.  I frequently beat myself up ad nauseam for things I've done, said, or missed.  Letting go has never been high on my list of personal skills....more
The last paragraph says so much! We really do need to live our own lives by our own rules :)more

Bad News: The Fundraising Never Ends for Parents

A friend sent me one of those pass along emails recently. It was called ‘Parenting Description’ and set up like a classified ad for a job. I was surprised they left out “Parents must buy not only from every fundraiser that their child participates in, but from all the children of every friend and neighbor who buys from your child!”...more
some groups simply need fundraising! either join or don't join is the only way, unfortunately, ...more

Extra Empty

For some reason, my nest is feeling extra empty today.  I've been wandering around the house, unsure as to how to start my day.  These kind of days are when I miss my kids the most.  If they were here, there would be places I needed to be, schedules to be kept, and bottomless pits to keep fed. ...more