Tag Archives: Honesty

An open letter to the other parents at my daughter’s ball game:

Sam the Springer Spaniel

This week something utterly embarrassing happened to us, forcing me to write this letter. I’ll be  handing out copies of it at my daughter’s next ball game, should the incident repeat itself. Backstory: We have a new family member.  He is a fun-loving, face-licking, ball-chasing Springer Spaniel puppy named Sam.  We like to take him […]

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 […]

Play-Less Summer

Play-Less Summer

I am so excited to share this guest post from Samantha Richardson who writes a fantastic blog: Goodnyou?  I hope you enjoy her words as much as I do! Play-Less Summer By, Samantha Richardson – Goodnyou? So far our summer has kept with the end of school craze. I’ve been telling myself “after the 4th” is […]

An open letter to my son – for when he has to go potty.

Potty Talk with Little Man

If you are a parent, you can hopefully relate to the letter below.  You may have even had similar experiences and are nodding your head.  You may have little ones still in diapers and long for the days when you can have these conversations.  They will come.  I promise you, they will come.   If […]

40 things to do before I’m 40

40 things to do before I'm 40

I’m a goal-oriented person.  At least I’d like to think that I am. I have always had career-minded goals.  Professional goals. I’ve had personal aspirations and dreams. As a wife there are certain things that my husband and I wish to accomplish. As parents we have goals for our children. As homeowners, we have projects […]

Saying “I Love You” through clenched teeth – My Messy Beautiful

Four Generations

It is a beautiful cycle: that of being first a daughter, then a mother, and then a grandmother.  A cycle steeped in love, understanding, tears, comfort, joy, pain, fear, pride, beauty, and bound by even more love.  Ideally. When that cycle is broken, we become broken daughters who become broken mothers. Right now I’m right […]