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 […]
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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’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). […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
This week marks what has become an annual occurrence that I call “Kidcation.” The kids get a vacation from cleaning their rooms, milking goats, feeding animals and doing other chores; and they get to spend a week with their Mema, where the order of the day is as much fun as possible, as little “no” […]
While I was out gallivanting on my Harry Potter London experience (speaking of awesome, more on that later), Bryan took the kids on a day trip to Petit Jean State Park. It’s one of the natural beauties of the Natural State. Of their trip, he shared a “quotable moment” from Boy Genius (BG). They’d been […]
Well, only legal ones, I swear. I’ve been joking a lot lately that I’ve developed ADD, that I can’t seem to focus on any one thing. I’ve even taken to counting backwards from 100 at night to force my brain to shut down. I usually make it to about 85 before my mind starts wandering […]