August 20, 2014

Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives

Aug10

Snuggled on the sofa with my 15-year-old daughter, we scrolled through her Instagram feed together. 100, 115, 125 “likes” became a theme on each photo and it became clear that she’d found some committed “followers.” “Wow, Abby, your last picture […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (finale)

Aug6
room pic

 via While all of you have been waiting patiently for part three and hopefully the conclusion of our “I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” trilogy, I’ve been sending another son off for his first year of college (football players […]

Back to School Ideas and Traditions

Aug5
back to school traditions

source Simple traditions weave together one’s family tapestry into magical memories. By establishing a few Back to School traditions, your children will look forward to this special day with a renewed sense of excitement. This is especially important for those […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part 2)

Jul30
Boa Constrictor

This is the continuation of the “reality TV show episode” that our eldest son (Son #1)  is living through this summer. If you have not read the first post, PLEASE BACK UP to part one and start there or this […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part one)

Jul29
When the eldest leaves the nest, you won't believe what happens next

This should be an inspirational post about sending our sons off to college. I should share how my heart is breaking bit by bit because I miss our big boys being around. I should recall deep, meaningful insights such as […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7
From that Eldest Son of Mine

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children

Jun27
The-Power-of-a-Blessing

My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

Who Will Defend Me?

May22
Sceaux: IV

 I stumbled down the stairs, willing myself to the downstairs bathroom. I’ve never understood the draw of the early morning hours and at seventeen years old, those hours were tortuous. Mornings provided predictability. Never a day went by when my […]

7 Highly Effective Ways to Raise Lazy and Entitled Children

May13
Simple, but Highly Effective Ways to Raise Lazy and Entitled Chidlren

As I think back over our two decades of raising children (yes, we just hit that mile marker),  I’ve often shared here on the blog how the journey towards building character in our children is exhausting, difficult, requires consistency, but […]

I Want To Be Her When I Grow Up: Legacy of Mothering

May7
Gathering as Extended Family

Not a day goes by when I’m not overcome with gratitude for the strong legacy that weaves through our family story. My life could have been so different and that is a fact I don’t take lightly. During my 31 […]

Teen Driving, Their Safety and Paying for It All

Apr14
If you have any kids that will be driving, don't miss this post. Teens and safe driving.

Throughout the car, the music boomed loudly. Our teen driver leaned over, grabbed his ipod while driving and started scrolling through looking for a new song from his play list. Shocked,  I barked from the passenger seat, “What do you […]

Should My Son Play Football?

Apr6
Matthew pop warner picture

I tried to sit down and count up the number of football games, practices and meetings that I’ve sat through, cheered at and/or helped organize. With three boys, each playing football which so far has spanned a ten year period […]

Sharing a Blessing: Blessing Basket Tradition

Mar27
lace may day basket

I pulled in the drive way and eyed something on the steps. A bag. A large, heavy grocery bag. Curiosity peaked, I hauled it inside the house and peered inside. Goodies and groceries, soup cans and staples. I opened up […]

When Our Days are Seemingly Insignificant

Mar7
When we feel seemingly insignificant

I did it to myself, and I knew better. That last cup of late night coffee created my self induced insomnia and now I was dealing with its effects. Isn’t it something, the vast scope of topics our mind travels […]

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Feb28
Life with a Yellow Lab

“I promise, Mom. Really, I PROOMMMMISE I will take care of her every day. I will walk her, feed her and take care of any accidents. PLEEEEAAASE????” Many times over the years, I’ve heard this plea. It started with our […]