Lesson from the Fire- Home is NOT Where Your Steak Knives Sit.

My kids and I went to the park down the street, one July day. We were enjoying the hot summer morning, playing tag, “man on woodchips” and catch. Little did we know, while playing, that our home was on fire, just a block away.   We were gone for forty minutes. We were already walking back home,…

The Mother ‘Hood video serves up Moms a great reminder!

Although this video was created by Similac to blow up stereotypes of parents and their views of breastfeeding, this video reminds us all of something really important: We are in this Motherhood thing together! I am reminded that stopping any remaining strands of “mommy wars” or judgments of other Moms starts with me…and you. A…

Grocery Store Tantrum…When It’s Not Your Kid! What To do?

I was encouraged by a friend’s recent Facebook post who was grocery shopping and took a risk when she saw a fellow Momma trying to deal with her own child’s tantrum. I have written about my desire for Moms to have a secret gesture, to show each other support in a situation such as this,…

How a Glass of Wine in My Closet helped my Marriage

The kids were WIRED right around bedtime and my energy was LOW. I had withstood the previous three hours of children taking their turn losing it! The crying, whining, and bickering I endured that afternoon, must have been worse than Chinese water torture, I was confident. So after the kids and I returned from soccer…

Ladies, Need A Spiritual Boost in Under 10 Minutes?

Always searching for a way to give women a spiritual boost, I partnered with Mayslake Ministries to launch their Moms Ministry just this past summer. Since early September, they have released one video, less than 10 minutes, every Monday, geared towards Christian women who can benefit from a little spiritual lift! I talk about topics…

School Drop Off, the Middle Finger and Permission

School Drop Off, the Middle Finger and Permission  

I was dropping off my youngest at his preschool.  I backed out of the parking lot, and drove through the neighboring strip mall’s lot, as a way to pull onto the road. I was sitting there watching the cars, one lined up right after the other, speeding by…. quickly!   I did not want to risk it, I…

Mommy Guilt during Back to School Season?

Mommy Guilt during Back to School Season?

I bumped into an old acquaintance whose children were grown, last week, who saw me with only one of my three children and asked “Your kids are back to school already….isn’t it so sad?” “NO!” I said a little too enthusiastically. She frowned. I went on, surprisingly feeling a tad guilty that I was NOT…

Top Five Reasons I Got “nothing” Done this Week.

Top FIVE reasons why I got “nothing” done, this week: 5.  Last week of summer, cram all that stuff in that you promised the kids you were going to do, and never did. (Water park? That new movie? Nature Center? The Museum? That craft project? Sleepovers?!?!) 4.  “Mom, Mom! MOM!??? MOOOOM!” Can we go call…