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I Refuse to Say Sorry

Refuse to say sorry

I am a strong, independent woman. I work hard and do not back away from controversy. I speak up for myself and never allow anyone to place me into an inferior role. I am smart and I feel like I carry myself with authority. Yet, I find myself apologizing for everything. You bump into me, “sorry.” I interrupt […]

We Honored Daddy at Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

I have always looked forward to firsts. The first time I drove a car. The first time I saw my baby’s face. The first time I spent the night in my own house. But, not all firsts feel great. I am learning that some firsts really hurt. Like the first time you lose a parent […]

We ‘Deserve All Good Things Life Has to Offer’

The Secret Quote

It took a long time to understand that I deserve everything life has to offer. That I deserve love, happiness, AND to feel fulfilled. A part of me – a sometimes big part of me – thought that since I had love and children and a roof over my head and food on the table, that […]

Difficulty With Transitions

Difficulty with transitions

Almost every morning, one of the little girls I take care of in my daycare arrives with a very recognizable scream. I often hear her well before she makes it in the front door — much to her Mother’s chagrin (poor Mama). She is a wonderfully smart, loving child who has been in my care […]

It’s Not Enough to Hear the Warning Noises, You Have to Listen

I am successful

Have you ever noticed the noises that accompany imminent failure? The squeak of your brakes. The rattle in your attic fan. The loud buzzing in your refrigerator. These noises usually start without warning, but almost always indicate something is wrong. Like mechanical shouts in your face, these sounds want and need your attention. Did you […]

9 Reasons I love My Marriage and Husband

Me and my Husband

Nine years ago I stood in a hotel room looking out the window onto a courtyard. I watched as employees set-up chairs in rows one-by-one. The sky was a piercing blue and the temperature was warm, yet breezy. My hair was perfectly coiffed and my make-up was shimmering. I was ready. The most important people […]

The Dandelion Seed Waits With Hope

Tiny Steps Mommy Dandelion

The billowy fluffs float on the breath of my little girl’s secret wishes. I watch her spread the dandelion seeds and smile. Who decided these were weeds anyway? I love dandelions. They are vibrant and stand alone until it’s time to change into impossibly soft wisps.  Then they wait until the wind slowly carries them […]

Journey of a Girl Scout

mother and daughter girl scouts

On Saturday, I begrudgingly got dressed, pulled on the ugliest waterproof boots I own and prepared myself for a day of what I just knew was going to be misery. It was my daughter’s Girl Scouts Outdoor Skills Day and I had volunteered to tag along as one of the parent chaperons. When I volunteered […]

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