“The mom”

#iwillpunchthefirstpersonwhosaysillmissthis “I will punch the first person who says I’ll miss this.” I saw that hashtag on a Facebook post yesterday and literally laughed out loud. The poster, you may have guessed, was a mom at her wit’s end. She’d taken to Facebook to vent about what we all face as moms – the constant […]

Revising the “Rules” of Parenting

If you’re even a semi-regular follower of this not-so-regular blog, then you know that I published a book a few years back. That book offered 5 rules, in a bit of a tongue-and-cheek sort of way, for being a good mom. The 5 rules: Rule #1: Don’t beat yourself up (even when you’re certain you […]

Book Birthday 2018 Swag Bag Giveaway

♩ Happy Birthday ♩ It’s my birthday month! Well, my book’s birthday (i.e., anniversary of its publication). And I want to give YOU a present! How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure) was published on June 16, 2017. I know I talk about this book a lot but that’s because, […]

Down But Not Out

Let’s say life is like a boxing match, and last week nearly TKO’ed me. Actually, it felt more like a cage match from which I couldn’t escape – so I clung to the sides like Spider-Man and waited for the bell. Things started out just fine, albeit a little more hectic than usual. On Friday […]

GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter to Win a Free Copy of How to Be a Good Mom

Want to win a FREE COPY of How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure)? Click here to enter the Amazon Giveaway to win a free paperback version of the book. No purchase necessary. Giveaway closes on June 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm (PDT).

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Buy How to Be a Good Mom

Buy How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure) through the links below: Print paperback (Amazon) for $6.99 Kindle version (Amazon ebook) for $2.99 (or only $0.99 with purchase of print version) Additional versions available soon!

Published!

Oh, what a wonderful word that is! I’ve spent this week up to my eyeballs getting everything ready to have my book published.  The soon-to-be-10yo is gone to camp, and all this attention to detail has served to distract me from missing him unbearably. The book is ready to go now (and thankfully, Wonder Boy […]

I Wrote A Book Last Summer

I’m going to say that again because I like the way it sounds (and looks in print): I wrote a book last summer. Now what? I’ve posted before about why I write and about how I sometimes struggle to get words on the page (despite how utterly overrun my mind is with ideas at times). […]

Faith Required

Remember that saying about best laid plans? I feel like this is the story of my life. I recently made a decision (much like flipping a coin but it took a lot of debating in my head) as to which writing project I was going to focus on. See, my problem isn’t lack of ideas […]

First-borns and First Dates

Reflections from a Friday night: You know how they say, “time flies”? Well, just last week the 15-year-old asked when she was allowed to go on dates and tonight I’m sitting outside the Books-A-Million, while she has coffee alone WITH A BOY. First, I’m going to pause right here and let the location sink in. […]

A New Outlook on Blogging

As I am working through Jeff Goins‘ Intentional Blog course, I’m learning to focus my blog on the things I’m really passionate about. I intend to write more about the two topics that consume my mind both day and night: writing and motherhood/family. Learn more about me and my plan for this blog here.

“Mom, can you come get me?”

Contrary to how it may seem, we really try hard not to “spoil” our children.  We don’t want them to grow up being disrespectful or feeling entitled to anything. Sure, they have TVs and X-boxes (Christmas gifts and/or purchased by someone else) and phones (our hand-me-downs), but they have chores and responsibilities as well. They […]

Mother’s Day 2014

This Mother’s Day post is dedicated to the teenager in the house, who remains the sweetest child of mine. Now, don’t get me wrong. The boys have their sweet moments. The way hubs tells it, Wonder Boy (the almost 7yo) took extra special care in picking just the right Mother’s Day card for me yesterday, […]

Which superhero are you?

That was the semi-random question asked on the way home from guitar/voice lessons the other night. Only semi-random because, being the nerdy family we are, we’re regularly debating things such as “what superpower would you want,” “who would win in a fight” (hint: always Superman), and other *super* issues. The 11yo (Boy Genius) instigated this […]

Failing at Life

Foreword: In recent years, I’ve been trying to “watch my language.” I really try to limit my use of curse words. You know, because the whole “don’t let evil come out of your mouth” thing; and because I know my kids are listening and it’s hard to discourage them from using bad words when momma’s […]