Tag Archives: Family

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Cole as "Crackle"

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you’ve been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt […]

I’ve changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Cole the Elf

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together. Fast forward to parenthood. The pressure is […]

Opening Day of “Dear” Season

Opening Day of Dear Season

11 years ago I married my best friend. He happens to be a hunter and our wedding day happened to be on opening day of deer season. We jokingly refer to it as “dear season”.  Here’s why… It has been a point of contention throughout our marriage. WE planned the ceremony. WE chose the date. […]

What I should have done when I found out my friend had Breast Cancer

How should you really support the cure?

Last June, a dear childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My heart hurt for her.  I wanted to hug her neck and be there for her.  I wanted to make her meals and sit by her side while she went through chemo.  I wanted to help her out with her kids.  But I couldn’t… […]

A back-to-school list to live by.

Back-to-School List

I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores. I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent. School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn’t even bought bathing suits for the kids. My daughter didn’t skip a beat.  She immediately started […]

I’m trying to survive puberty again. This time as a parent.

Surviving puberty the second time.

It all began on a mundane weeknight. She had just played in her first ballgame of the season. Supper was over and she had settled in at the dining room table for a game of chess with her daddy. I was in another room entertaining a puppy and a boy when I heard the drama […]

Finding beauty in the weeds… and a little parenting insight, too.

Beauty in the Weeds

This is what happens when you go on vacation and leave your yard unattended for a couple of weeks: Weeds.  Not just a few little dandelions popping up here and there.  Giant, thick, deep-rooted weeds.  Spiky, nasty weeds.  Weeds that are too prickly to pull with your bare hands.  Painful weeds. Looks like I’ll be […]