Yes, Children Grieve Too Today is National Childhood Grief Awareness Day. It’s kind of ironic, because just the other night, quite seemingly out of no-where, I heard Jelly Bean sobbing in her room. Sobbing. Now, she is a very dramatic four year old, so crying is not an unusual event in our home. In fact, I have three children who may all be worthy of Academy Award’s in their future. But this time was different. I called out to her and she walked into the living room, tears streaming down her face. “What’s wrong...

Hi friends – I’m really honored to have been asked by Sverve to be the guest presenter tonight for the monthly webinar. REGISTER HERE! Tonight we’re talking about getting “REAL” with writing. I like to call it writing with HEART. I’ll be covering the following: How to determine what YOUR best topics are to write about (much more than just finding your “niche”) The importance of being transparent, showing your personality and your heart Being “real” and exposing yourself; finding...

I would rather eat a bug than purposefully offend or hurt someone. Seriously. I have been known to be a little sensitive myself, and I cannot stand the thought of intentionally causing someone pain. Doesn’t mean I haven’t done it. Sometimes, as people, we are just naturally mean spirited. But I always feel badly about it. I’m trying to raise my children in the same manner. I want them to be sensitive and aware of how their actions and their words impact the people around them. Words can be the most powerful weapon we...

When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, which surprisingly turned out to be twins, I never thought twice about having a preterm baby. I had carried two babies to 40 weeks and 1 day each. The first had come on his own (thankfully so, because he had a nukal chord and we had no idea how closely we came to losing him!) and the other had to be “evicted.” So, the idea of having micro preemie babies never even crossed my radar. [Tweet “The idea of having micro preemies never even crossed my radar. #WorldPrematurityDay...

Are you thinking about inviting your mommy friends and their toddlers or preschool aged children over for a Thanksgiving play date? I don’t host play dates that often, but when I do, I like to have some sort of activity planned. For a couple of reasons. We always have new members rotating in and out of our play group, and I know from past experience that it’s easier to talk to strangers when you have something to do than it is to just jump in cold turkey. ┬áHa! No pun intended. Second, making crafts makes such a big mess and...

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We’re going to try this dog ownership thing again! Meet Mia – our yellow lab mix. 4 months old. Rescue dog. Pure sweetness. Very shy. Very tolerant of children.   ...

Does this remind you of any of your children? Running in circles so fast they’re literally tearing it up? That’s what I call “cutting a rug!” And it reminds me of my oldest child, Bug. Have you ever been concerned that your child has ADHD? I know I have… I am. In fact, I just wrote a post about my frustrations with him not listening and the decision to have him tested for #ADHD. How we have such a difficult time getting him to follow directions and settle down. How much I want to be able to deal with him...

Today is Veterans day. In Europe it is called Armistice Day. Why is it celebrated on November 11th? Well, November 11, 1918 is the day that the Armistice, or Treaty, was signed to end World War I. In Europe, Armistice Day is similar to our Memorial Day. It is their day to remember the fallen and all of those who have served. We used to call it Armistice Day, but then it was changed by one of the Presidents to Veterans Day. In France, the Arc De Triomphe, in the middle of one of Paris’s busiest roundabouts, lies the Tomb of the Unknown...

My son has always been hyper. For many years I just chocked it up to him being a little boy. Until the day I was talking with another mom of little boys at church and I asked her at what age her boys settled down. She said, “My sons were never like him.” She did not mean it in a horrible way, and I could tell she felt bad as soon as she said it. It didn’t upset me because I knew exactly what she meant. I could see it. I had seen it. For many years, I knew that there was more to the story than him just “being a little...

I was driving through the grocery store parking lot last week, and just had to try to capture some of the amazing colors of the trees. I’m not sure my camera does them justice. ...

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project – Can you help? Last year I learned about the Thanksgiving Project that Scary Mommy has hosted for the last three years. I was immediately drawn to this project. For a couple of reasons. 1. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I LOVE Thanksgiving. Good food, relaxing (mostly) with the family. Football games and enjoyment. I hate the thought of families that cannot enjoy this the way we do. 2. It reminded me of the family service project we did when I was growing up. When we lived in...

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