Love & Life

Self-Care Is More Than Retail Therapy

What is self-care? Or, I guess, the more important question - what isn't considered self-care? For one, it isn't selfish. Self- care is necessary for one's well-being - emotionally, physically, spiritually. And as much as a part of me hates to admit this - it's not a reason to go out and spend a bunch of… Continue reading Self-Care Is More Than Retail Therapy

Love & Life

The Dishwasher Debacle of 2018

"So, I got you a dishwasher," my husband beamed. "For your birthday, Mother's Day and ..." "And our anniversary," I chimed in. "Yes," he smiled. It was apparent he seeking praise for, in his mind, a thoughtful gift. I just stood there - as if my brain was switching to energy-saving mode - and stared off… Continue reading The Dishwasher Debacle of 2018

Love & Life, Spiritual

Rising Above Rudeness

A few weeks ago, my family attended our oldest child's school auction. We purchased horse riding lessons, a birthday day package at an art studio and a one-time house cleaning package complete with a garden hose, gardening gloves and a few flowers. Elated, I couldn't stop talking about how we got this amazing deal on a… Continue reading Rising Above Rudeness


He Doesn’t Know Yet

Light slipped through our green black-out curtains that morning, like it does every morning. I sighed, hmmm'd and groaned at the sound of my alarm ... like I do almost every ... okay, every morning. A flip of a light switch and faint "good mornings" didn't wake our sleepy kids. Gentle nudges transformed into hand… Continue reading He Doesn’t Know Yet

Mental Health

The Not-So-Perfect Perfectionist

It's the beginning of April, which means for some of you ... you are actually enjoying all the things associated with spring such as baseball, warmer weather, flowers, cute clothes, purging your life of clutter (mentally, physically and spiritually). Mother Nature must have forgotten how to spell spring — it's S-P-R-I-N-G. Ya know, where flowers… Continue reading The Not-So-Perfect Perfectionist

Mental Health

All or Nothing: Life Is in the ‘Or’

The dried mud that had been stuck on the bottom of her pink kitten rain boots was being chipped away from the force of her little size 7 toddler foot stomping about the kitchen.  “Now!!!” She yelled. “I want butttaaa now mommy!" “Piper, dinner will be done any minute. No butter unless it’s on a… Continue reading All or Nothing: Life Is in the ‘Or’

Love & Life

When My Doctor Told Me to Lose Weight

“In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.” “Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty. Shapely goddesses, Venus, Juno: curves the world admires.” “The body of a beautiful woman is not made for love; it is too exquisite.” Aren’t these quotes lovely? I mean … swoon, right? Alas, they are not mine they are… Continue reading When My Doctor Told Me to Lose Weight

Love & Life

The Greatest Love Story

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Single Awareness Day! Happy Married Too Long to Care But Society Makes Us Feel Like We Should Day! Happy Husband Sleeps On the Couch Because He Didn’t Get His Wife’s Hint that She Actually Wanted Flowers This Year Day! Depending on your current relationship status and the situation going on inside… Continue reading The Greatest Love Story


How My Lipstick Reminded Me of God’s Love

If you’ve studied the Word a little bit, you know the story of the Israelites, Moses and Manna. For a quick refresher of the story in Exodus, God had parted the Red Sea for Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. It had been around six weeks since this had happened and the Israelites… Continue reading How My Lipstick Reminded Me of God’s Love


We Are Not Looking for A Cure for Autism

“So will he always have something wrong with him?” “Oooh, genetic testing? Won’t you blame the person who gave it to him?” I really wonder if there is a special needs parenting book, better yet an autism parenting book, that helps parents with such questions  - something parents could refer to and memorize certain responses… Continue reading We Are Not Looking for A Cure for Autism