Being Real about Insecurities in Motherhood

I completely lost it today. In a moment of stressful madness as we were running late, dealing with miscommunication, and some unexpected chaos, I hurried kids out the door. The first kid sprinted out the front screen door and the second trailed close behind, running right into the slamming screen door. Smack! Shock. Cut cheek.…

Read More

Art Therapy: Pockets of Peace during the Struggles

This post is for anyone just doing their best to survive. Who are keeping a brave, happy face even when times are unexpectedly cry-through-it tough. Especially for the moms, who try so painstakingly hard not to let their kids know how real the struggle is sometimes. These pictures are highlights from my day. They do…

Read More

Loving Me For Me Post-Mastectomy

I usually try to hide my tears from my kids.  And my breakdowns.  But not this time.  They knew I was having a REALLY rough day.  Sammy kept sitting next to me, holding my hand.  Michael stopped when he walked by to give me a gentle side hug.  Sophia was my gopher girl, filling my…

Read More

Not "One Week" Left, Motherhood is Eternal

One week from today I will be having a complete hysterectomy.  That’s hard to believe since I’m only 33.  But life throws surprises at you.  I know I shouldn’t complain. I have 3 beautiful kids and I’m trying to be grateful.  But I’m also scared.  It’s unexpected.  Even after 2 years of being diagnosed BRCA-1 positive,…

Read More

Cupcakes & Pornography: An Object Lesson on the Sweet & Bitter Things in Life

I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been devoting my time to three self-help books I’m working on.  I’ve finished one and have two more to go!  Too many times I’ve had friends reach out to me, saying they’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or their physical health, and I’ve been frustrated that I didn’t have…

Read More

When The Gingerbread House Crumbles…

As the roof started sliding down, I could see by his furrowed eyebrows and frown he was getting frustrated.  Just five minutes earlier he had been excited and eager to put together his gingerbread house all by himself.  Now, as the roof feel and the side walls gave way though, he simply stepped back and…

Read More

Shaping & Building: Moms are "Master Builders"

“I don’t know what to teach Sam!” Sophia said, a tad frustrated already.  I was feeling sick and crummy too, as I had woke up with a tummy ache and headache.  Not good when you’re a mom, especially a homeschooling mom!  “How about you help him sort colors and challenge him to make towers with…

Read More

First Day of HOMEschool and Family Home Evening!

 Yup! We started school this year on Labor Day which, I admit, was kind of weird.  But we had some momentum and the kids were excited, so we went with it.  It ended up being great though because Chad was home and able to start the morning off with their annual Father’s blessings.  It sure…

Read More

Michael Turns 9

We’ve had so many amazing times this summer…this whole year actually!  It’s been hard to keep up with the photos!  But I HAD to post these pictures before too much time went by.  We finished reading The Hobbit at 9:30 the night before Michael’s before.  Pictures of that adventure will come later, but here is…

Read More

Pennies of Parenthood: The Investment of Connections

A little while ago I was finding myself exhausted and disappointed at the end of each day.  It was really discouraging. I could think about all this “stuff” I got done, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled.  I was feeling worked to the bone, but no satisfaction from it.  That’s when I realized it was because…

Read More