I'm a Mom, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend.  I'm so blessed to care for 2 beautiful young boys who are the light of my life.

Golds and Silvers

I’ve just crawled into bed and tucked the covers under my arms when there is a soft, hesitant rapping at my bedroom door.“Yes?” I call out, knowing full well who the teeny tiny rapping hands belong to.“I need to give you something,” comes the calm reply.It is nine-thirty at night, and I have just finished refereeing Sunny’s hour long tamtrum. I am exhausted, puffy eyed, and my arm is already sporting the telltale ache of a bruise forming in the spot that her heel made contact with me – several times....more
I have had those nights with my oldest.  Too many of them.  He seems ruled by emotions he cannot ...more

The agony of waiting

Adoption is hard.  Period.  And I'm not even the one adopting.I have family that has struggled for years to have a child together.  For years and years they have struggled, prayed, grieved, hoped, and despaired.  As a family we have all run through these emotions with them.  And it's been agony....more
JillR Thanks.  I know there is no way around it, but I just really feel for them.  This week is ...more

Saying "I Still Love You" When You'd Rather Trip Your Kid as She Stomps Out of the Room

“You’re the meanest Mommy everrrrrrrr! I don’t love you! I don’t even like you!” Ana Lu screeched, stomping on the floor, arms down by her side, hands balled into petite fists … wait for it … followed by the quintessential stomp out of the room. Into her room she goes, catapults herself onto her bed, yanks the comforter over her head and grunts octaves higher than necessary, assuring I get the memo she's pissed. ...more
I needed this today.  Needed it on a deep, deep level.  Going through this phase with my oldest, ...more

How Kate Winslet Taught Me I'm Not Showing My Daughters the Right Things About Body Image

Recently, I’ve started to see my daughters’ bodies changing. Not quite puberty yet, but a little rounder here, a little curvier there. Yep, it’s almost time to have “the talks” in my house. I’ve done my best to protect their body images. I never talk about diet, although they rarely see me eat bread or pasta (seriously, goes right to my hips), try not to complain (to them) about the wrinkles and sags, and never complain when my jeans feel too tight. ...more
What a tremendous post, and excellent advice.  You're dead on.  I completely obsess with the ...more

Joan Rivers Has Become The Thing That You Know When You See It

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously defined obscenity as something he knows when he sees. The "you know it when you see it" defense is indefinable, but yet people generally agree there are lines in society. We know when they've been crossed. We just know. Recently Joan Rivers' positively awful behavior rendered Joan herself as that indefinable thing. She's gone from critical to contemptible, and now we must throw our collective hands up and beg her to please just stop. Just stop. Really. You're not funny at all. To anyone. ...more
This woman is not funny.  She's never been funny.  Being hateful and judgemental about other ...more

8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore my ratty Lycra shorts from the late 1980s and didn't care if I looked like a Richard Simmons reject....more
As a gym rat, I was cracking up with these.  And I could picture a face that fit every single ...more

What's Wrong with This Picture? Why Maria Kang Can't Tell People What to Do.

Maria Kang is getting a lot of heat for this photo: Image: Facebook (fair use)...more
Very well said.  I always find it odd that people feel the compulsion to post pictures of ...more

I Am a Crappy Mom

According to my 20-something childless self, I am a crappy mom. Before I had my two boys, I had a vision of the kind of mother I would be. The reality has turned out nothing like that pretty picture in my young head. ...more
What a beautiful post!  You summed up the thoughts, fears, hopes, and guilt of every. single. ...more

Bless Your Heart: A Defeated Mom in the Shoe Aisle

Bless your heart. Thats what a lady told me today in Target while my youngest was on the ground screaming on top of her lungs. She too was a mom of younger kids probably around 6 years of age. ...more
You're only defeated if you gave in, placated her with a treat to shut her up and teach her to ...more

An Adoptive Mom Speaks: Who Is Looking Out for Baby Veronica's Best Interest?

As an adoptive parent and an adoption professional who works in the foster care system, I have been very interested in the case of "baby" Veronica since it's inception almost four years ago. I have followed the ins and outs, ups and downs. I've read articles, court briefs, and blog posts. I don't watch TV news and in a way I think that may be a good thing here. I have no preconceived notions about either party based on their demeanor or media slant based on what network aired the interview(s). ...more
I would agree with this post had the father shown an interest from day one, which he didn't.  ...more