Posts tagged "Opinion"

Life outside the lines

I’m a rule follower. I was a child born into violent chaos. Since escaping that life, I’ve thrived on rules. On absolutes and routines. Life in the lines is safe. Routine and predictability soothes me. Sure, I’ve experimented in gray. I’ve dabbled outside the lines from time to time. It was fun and exhilarating and... Read more »

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand
There are moments while parenting when I sit back and think, “Well, this is a huge waste of time.” There are times when I’m stuck driving to yet another soccer practice, choir concert or driving a car filled with loud teenagers home from a club meeting and I think of all the millions of things... Read more »

Divorce Healing: Weeding Out Self Doubt

Divorce Healing: Weeding Out Self Doubt
Weeds invade my garden at an alarming rate. Weeds wind around the necks of delicate flowers, choking them, strangling them. They wilt and die. I briefly mourn their loss while realizing it’s better if they are gone. I don’t have the time nor the energy for weakness right now. My gardens have always had weeds.... Read more »
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All I want for Christmas is my sister

All I want for Christmas is my sister
I haven’t seen my sister in almost a decade. In fact, it has been so many years since I last saw her that I’m not certain she has met my 9 year old son. I wish I would’ve known the last time I saw her, that it was going to be the last time I... Read more »

My Pregnancy Anthem

My Pregnancy Anthem
Music has always been an outlet for me emotionally, not because I make or play music, but because I feel like some music speaks to me in any given mood. When I was a teenager and discovered “Emo Music” was “a thing” I about lost my mind. “Finally!!” I thought, “Music that ‘gets’ me! It’s... Read more »

Five Must-Have Items for Parents With Small Kids

Five Must-Have Items for Parents With Small Kids
In my fantasy world, 6-year-old Raymond and 3-year-old Anne are gobbling up fresh vegetables and singing my praises as I dance around the kitchen envisioning organic nutrients stimulating their brains and making their internal organs smile. I have tried sneaking pureed asparagus in pasta sauce and secretly dicing yellow zucchini into macaroni and cheese, but... Read more »
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Resisting the "Mom" Label: Letting Go Of My 20-Something Self

Resisting the "Mom" Label: Letting Go Of My 20-Something Self
              I like to cheer when 5-month-old baby Gertrude burps or poops. I strangely find joy in sucking a booger loose from her tiny nose with a nose aspirator. Am I lacking a social life? No. Short on sleep? Well, of course, but when you have a tiny infant... Read more »

Living a Microwaved Life: A Frustrated Young Wife Is Forced to Wait

Living a Microwaved Life: A Frustrated Young Wife Is Forced to Wait
Today’s post is from Jess Bedsole of Sparkles and Crafts. I met her last year at our husband’s holiday work celebration and we instantly connected. Full of classy, yet modern energy, Jess’ positive character reflects the views of a younger generation of women and wives…. Enjoy! -Elizabeth   A Microwaved Life Allow me to explain…... Read more »

What Were You Thinking? Face-palm Moments With Kids

There is a rule in my home that seems to be broken quite often. I do not think I am an overbearing mother and firmly stand on the idea that rules and structure are good for kids, yet I am still a believer in being flexible and letting kids explore. With one rule, however, I... Read more »
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Parents Should Decide How to Market Toys, Not the Toy Companies

Parents Should Decide How to Market Toys, Not the Toy Companies
My kids have been saving up money doing chores around the house. They receive a quarter each day for making their beds and cleaning up their toys at night. At long last, they had each saved up enough money to buy a toy from Toys R’ Us. My 5-year-old son, Raymond, knew exactly what he... Read more »