What to do when you’re tired of your struggle

(Inside: Steps to take to find hope in your pain. What to do when you’re tired of your struggle.)   A note before you start reading: I highly recommend professional help. If you can’t move past your struggle and the pain feels overwhelming there are amazing professionals out there who want to help you. Make Read More

Moms, How to Prepare for the Fight

(Inside: How to deal with adversity.)     I was ready for a fight.   The T-birds versus The Scorpions. (Danny Zuko, anyone?)   It was my side against theirs and I was on deck. My why-we-are-right reasons were queued up. My comebacks loaded. My back pocket held insults and sarcasm. My tongue, sharpened. And Read More

18 Hours Later and I Felt Braver {For Moms}

(Inside: How motherhood gives you grit.)   I did something I never thought I could do this summer – drove 18 hours alone with my three kids on our marathon road trip.   Not straight – that’s madness. Over three days, I drove 9 hours, 5.5 hours, and then 3.5 hours.   But still. Eighteen Read More

Moms, Do You also Survive on Fairy Tale Hope?

(Inside: How moms survive because of Fairy Tale Hope.)   Fairy Tale Hope.    A phrase I just made up so let me define it for you. I told my boys to put the last of the dinner plates and cups in the dishwasher while I finished getting ready. We all needed to leave. I’m Read More

What Healing Sometimes Looks Like

Recently my friend and I were sharing with each other how we get through the hard parts of life. How healing plays out in our lives. Our conversation inspired me to write this…   We’ve all been there.   Disappointed. Discouraged. Facing uncertainties. Gripped by fear. You experience a loss. A relationship is broken. Life’s Read More

One Line To Get You Through The Crazy Mom Days

I put my lanyard with my teaching badge and keys over my head. They fell against my black and white striped dress. I zipped up my tall black boots and grabbed my purse.   “Kids, it’s time for school.” (For both of us – students and their mama teacher.)   My oldest son (I have Read More

8 Awesome Things About Aging

(Inside: Eight ways you can feel more empowered with each passing birthday.) My birthday is here. Again. My husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I didn’t even have to think, “Not to turn 38.”  With each passing year, I dread more reluctantly welcome my birthday.  But, the ironic part is,  when Read More

Remembering (and Grieving) Someone I Loved

(Inside: A granddaughter grieving the loss of her grandpa.)   My grandpa recently passed away and I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that he is gone.   What a loss.   He was 94 years old and for many years his mind had been sick with dementia and his Read More

To the Mom Who’s Going Back to Work

(Inside: Thoughts on going back to work after maternity leave or being a stay-at-home mom.) I am going back to work for the first time in six years. I can’t even believe the full house I was dealt – I’ve landed my dream part-time job. Even so…   I have all the big emotions: guilt, Read More

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