Running on Empty

This past Sunday  I was on my way to pick up my kids from their dad’s when I stopped to get gas, a mundane activity for most, but typically a stressful one for me–stressful due to my own procrastination. I rolled into the gas station as my dashboard informed me that I had ONE mile left to … More Running on Empty

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Our America

When my daughter was four, she asked me: “Who made God?” Today, at seven, she asked me: “Is America the best country in the world?” I’m not sure which was harder to answer. I fumbled for words and then settled on…it depends on who you ask. Different people have different opinions on what makes a country … More Our America

Recovering Cynic

I described myself as a “recovering cynic” recently in one of my online dating profiles. (Yes, I’m dating, but we’ll save that topic for another post. Or another 30 posts. Or maybe an anonymous book someday.) Right now, we are focusing on the less sexy topic of cynism. As a result of describing myself this … More Recovering Cynic

Suddenly Strangers

Yesterday when we were in the car on the way home from school Wes asked whose house we were going to—because it can get confusing with our current living situation-–and I quickly responded “your dad’s house.” And then I quickly regretted that answer. When we initially decided to separate we were very careful about how … More Suddenly Strangers

Me too. Me. Too.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hearing Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry On, Warrior, speak at a local church. If you don’t already know and love Glennon, check her out. She is a tiny woman with a giant presence. The type of person who just kind of radiates light and positive energy. … More Me too. Me. Too.

The Parent Pact

One of the reoccurring themes in this blog is that parents are hard on themselves and each other. This saddens and disappoints me. I’ve done it. We have all done it. Parenting is already hard enough. Why are we doing this? As a step in the opposite direction, I have created a Parent Pact–thinking maybe … More The Parent Pact

Being a Stay at Home Mom vs. Being a Working Mom: One Mom’s Perspective

I’ve spent the last four months being a stay at home mom. Prior to that, the only extended amount of time I have spent at home was for my two maternity leaves (which can never be compared to any other twelve weeks because they are an amazing and awful and overwhelming experience that I want … More Being a Stay at Home Mom vs. Being a Working Mom: One Mom’s Perspective

How To Parent (A completely anecdotal view based only on the personalities of two children)

I honestly have no idea how people write entire books on parenting. How they can provide blanketed advance to so many parents when each child is inevitably unique? Before I had children, I, like many others, was a naïve know-it-all. And to top it off I was a “neglected” middle child who believed very firmly … More How To Parent (A completely anecdotal view based only on the personalities of two children)

Figuring It Out

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a couple years, but like most decisions in my life I have to think about it A LOT before I pull the trigger. So after an extensive amount of thinking about it I finally decided to do it, but first I had to break it down into a … More Figuring It Out