Tag: mom

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania
I am a writer; it’s part of who I am. I write to express myself, to share experiences that may resonate with others, to bring hope and encouragement to others, to share God’s Word with the world, to provide useful information to people and to be funny (once in a while). As a storyteller, I... Read more »
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How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season
The word of the day is “overwhelmed.” Let’s say it together: Overwhelmed. That’s me. That’s the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway. Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn’t a big deal. Since then, we’ve replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered... Read more »

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child

Trichotillomania: Remembering that I have another child
For those of you who are new to my Trichotillomania category, my 13 year old daughter has trich – an impulse control disorder where a person has the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair. It doesn’t hurt and they will pull hair from anywhere. My oldest pulls her eyelashes, eyebrows and scalp. However, this... Read more »
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30 years later - what would she think of me now?

30 years later - what would she think of me now?
Thirty years is a long time for anything. If you get to 30 years of marriage, people cheer for you. If you live to the age of 30 years, people celebrate with you. If you make it to your 30th high school reunion, people reminisce with you. However, when 30 years goes by after losing... Read more »

You know you are a short girl when...

You know you are a short girl when...
You know you are a short girl when you have to deal with short girl problems every.single.day. What are short girl problems? If you have to ask, you obviously are not one, so I will explain. You know you are a short girl when… …you need a step-ladder in every room in the house, or... Read more »

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion
It’s only 3 weeks until my 30th high school reunion. 30 years! It doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem possible that I’m nearing 48 years old. It doesn’t seem possible that a small group of us managed to make it from kindergarten through high school together and remain friends today. It doesn’t seem possible that... Read more »
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Converting my family is harder than I thought

Converting my family – it’s a task I took far too lightly. Getting my family to understand that I am now a working mom and need their help every single day is so much harder than I thought it would be! For eleven-and-a-half years, I was a stay at home mom. I took care of... Read more »