December 19, 2014

The Gift of Multi Generations


“Honey, with summer break beginning, I’ve signed you up as a weekly volunteer at the nursing home.” I’ll never forget that simple declaration uttered by my mom. Life, as this freshman in high school knew it, was over. Dread, discomfort, and […]

Monticello and the History of Chocolate

Thomas Jeffersons study at Monticello

As I strolled around the grounds, I was transported. I envisioned the quintessential moments of history that took place amidst this acreage and I could almost hear the chatting by the Colonial women who strolled the gardens around the pond. […]

Hectic Schedules? Key Reminders to Keep Kids Healthy

How do we keep kids healthy and active with crazy schedules

These past two weeks marked the ultimate in “Can I Just Keep My Head Above Water?” question. Yes, this momma if feeling the pull. The pull where I’m going in many different direction and when the tug of war ends, I’m […]

Let’s Stop Editing Our Lives

Let's stop editing our lives

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)

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 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

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)

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)

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!

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


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?

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

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

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

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?

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 […]