Spread Your Wings and ... Fly?

On a sunny day last May, the newly-minted graduates tossed their tasselled caps in the air with whoops and hollers. With that, my daughter Laurie and the other members of the Class of 2011 closed one door and turned expectantly toward another. What was on the other side? For some, the promise of a job or graduate school....more

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

American teens applying to Irish universities

When I pictured my son Logan going off to college next year, I comforted myself that he would come home on weekends and summers to do laundry, borrow money, and raid the fridge. Moving to Ireland complicates this vision. Logan is as excited and eager as I am to move to Ireland but there's a hitch: Only minor children under the age of 18 are eligible to move under their parent's visa or Irish Green Card. ...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

Failure to Launch: Why Won't My Adult Children Leave the Nest?

Now with three adult children I am still finding that I continue to learn my job as a parent is not finished and I still have things to learn. How I interact with my adult children and what I both expect and tolerate from them continues to evolve -- and in some cases needs to evolve. I also have found in my wise older age that sometimes as I try to help my adult children it results in holding them back. I have a 21- and 23-year-old that seem to be in a holding pattern because we keep helping them out when they lose their jobs and have no place to stay. Then they don't look for new jobs very aggressively and they allow the rest of us to pay their bills, etc....more
Wow, all I can say is you are not alone.  I have an 18 and 21 year old, both going to school and ...more

Christmas Chaos

There is one room in my house that is solely mine.  It is my sewing room, my office, my craft room, my library, my workout room, and oh yeah...it also functions as the guest room!  With Christmas preparations in full swing, it has now become a wrapping station as well....more
I'm getting there....very very very slowly!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

Nablopomo No Mo'

I actually wrote my answer to today's writing prompt for the last day of the November Nablopomo on BlogHer, "What did you learn from doing Nablopomo?" as yesterday's blog post. I am always so ahead of the game....more

How I Ruined Jay-Z For My Children

On Thanksgiving morning I posted the Jay-Z song "Forever Young" to my Facebook wall. I see a lot of people post videos that they feel are meaningful, so when I came across the Jay-Z song I thought it was just perfect -- a good way to express the sadness I'd been feeling all morning about a recent loss our family has experienced. My children disagreed....more
@Carolzonie you found me! I'm going to find "apple bottom jeans" right now and give it a ...more

Traditions in Transition

While unpacking Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, I received calls from my grown children. This year they “stopped by” for left-overs. It occurred to me how some of our family’s traditions had changed while some had lasted through the years....more