Tag Archives: Parenthood

I wish people would stop using the “P” word.

The "P" Word

At every age and every stage, this word finds a way to creep in. It has the same effects on us – whether we are learning how to draw, ride a bike, picking out our wedding dress, holding our first child, or juggling the craziness that is parenthood or a thriving career. Perfect.  It all […]

A 2015 Resolution in One Word

One Word | Bless

It’s January 2 and I haven’t written about what my New Year’s Resolution is.  This should come as no surprise to those that know me… Procrastinate less as a resolution?  That is so 1996. Be more organized? I tried this before I had kids.  I did OK in some areas, not so good in others.  Now […]

Fa, La, La, La, La (Whose child is that??)

When your kid is THAT kid.

Ahh Christmas.  The season of wonder.  Of beauty.  Of hope. Of joy. Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit more than the special services held at our church in December. The season of Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, is a holy time in the church and truly sets […]

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 […]

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 […]