Summer Memories

It’s raining outside, rain that comes down in sheets and plasters the grass down into the dirt and washes the sidewalk clean. The...

Little Bits of Trying

My little girl is made up of all these little bits of trying. I tell her, “you can’t go back into the deep end until you’re comfortable...

An Introvert and Summer Break

This morning I woke up at 6:45 to the sound of my alarm. The kids and I had to go get our passports renewed for an end of summer trip...

An Introvert and Raising Children

I loved being pregnant.  The heaviness in my belly.  The thought of this tiny growing thing that I could nurture just by being me.  All...

An Introvert and Her Misophonia

Misophonia is defined by Misophonia.com as “a condition in which a person reacts extremely negatively to certain sounds that most people...

Small but Mighty

We didn’t mean to raise a mutton bustin’, mountain climbing, trail riding girl. Her first words were mama and dada just like any other...

Bed Head on Picture Day

This morning, my children reminded me it was picture day. They said we wouldn’t get the class picture if I didn’t turn in the special...

Crisis of Confidence

My husband has a mantra he repeats with the kids a few times a week as needed, “What does life take?” And the kids answer back,...

Friendship

That feeling, anxious sweaty palms, as you look across a room for a familiar face. That moment of feeling lost before you find someone. ...

It’s Cold!

It’s cold outside.  We used to live in Wisconsin, not that kind of cold.  But for those of us living in mild Colorado climes, it’s cold. ...

Life Goes On…

I will confess, however, that in the back of my mind I had this idea that once school started life as we knew it would end.  Sure, life...

Raising Nice Kids Isn’t the End Goal…

There has been a lot said about raising nice kids.  And I approve.  I think a nice kid is a BIG deal!  But it’s not the end goal… See, a...

Creativity Can Save the World

In our house we have ipads, iphones, laptops, the gamut of devices for music and game playing and move watching.  sometimes this causes...

Bad Words and Losing Innocence

A couple weeks ago my son came home and said some kids at school sometimes call each other bad names.  A parent’s worst fear, I asked...

Double Standards on the Playground

I belong to a small women’s group that ranges in life experience from the very young to those that have grown children and everything in...

Living in the Wrong World

Showers taken, teeth brushed, kisses and prayers given, each in their own bed, I go off towards my own room when I hear one of them call...

Recovering from Life

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.  I could say it’s because I didn’t have much to say, that wouldn’t be true.  I could...

First Week of School, Hurrah

Today ended the first week of school for my second and fourth graders.  Many of you are experiencing the same thing right now.  That...

Teepee Camping and No Sleep

We go camping once a year, one night in a tent.  Dirty and smelling of smoke the next morning, we wake up too early, pack as fast as we...

It’s Summer…Let’s have fun.

Our lives are getting busier.  It’s already July and I feel as though the summer is over.  My calendar is full until the day school...