• If You Could Have Anything…. 

    The other day I asked my class of 9th graders what they would ask for if they could have anything in the world. Most answered the way you’d expect: money, cars, jobs at Disney. (They are 9th graders, after all.)…

  • 5 Things Moms Should Do During the Holidays 

    I don’t know about you, but every year, after the holidays have passed, I am overwhelmed with a variety of emotions.  I feel a great sense of relief that the season is over—but a little bit of sadness as well—because, well,…

  • 4 Things to Try When Your Child Hates Reading 

    At exactly what age is a child supposed to read? 5 years old? 6? 7? At what point do you, as a mom, begin to worry that your child will never read–or possibly worse–never LOVE to read? I’m not sure.…

  • Not Her Favorite Parent

    This article was originally published on Perfection Pending.  For the record, I used to be her favorite parent. I remember her reaching for me whenever I was nearby. She’d spot me from a hundred yards and start kicking and reaching and,…

  • 3 Lies I {Used} to Believe

    I wanted to start a blog about 6 years ago.  I did, actually.  I had little purpose except to just write some thoughts about life on the world wide web and hope someone read or was at least interested in…

  • How to Make a Happy Ending 

    So in my book, I discussed the “Not Quite SuperMom,” Rebekah. She was the kind of mother that we can’t relate to. In fact, when we hear about Rebekah, we might breathe a sigh of relief because she did some pretty…

  • Fear, Worry, and All the Synonyms 

    Soooo yeah. This is a whopper for me.  I worry. A lot.  There, I said it. It’s like my brain is pre-wired to think “WORST CASE SCENARIO” regarding every issue, whether it be kids, friends, husband, money…. The monologue in…

  • It’s a Messy Life

    Motherhood is messy. I still remember the feeling I had when my oldest had his first diaper blowout… Disgusting! I wanted an adult to come clean the mess, but alas…. I was the adult. As the kids get bigger, the…

  • How to Make {Only} 2 Trips to the Grocery Store Per Month

    Let me preface this blog post by saying that when I say {ONLY} 2 trips to the store per month, I mean 2 “MAJOR” trips.  There’s no good way (that I’ve found) to avoid running into the store for fresh…

  • When F.O.M.O. is a Good Thing

    I’m pretty sure I first read the acronym “FOMO” in Lisa-Jo Baker’s book, Never Unfriended.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it means “fear of missing out.” It’s a powerful motivator, if you think about it.  It’s actually the root cause…