5 Reasons Why Adults Need “Besties” Too

  Life without friendship would be like a cake with no icing—boring and quite frankly, pretty ugly. When I think on my time as a child, I remember ever so fondly Friday night sleepovers and trips to the roller-skating rink with my very best friend. As a teenager, I remember ball games and hangouts at the mall with the closest …

To the Mama In Need of Peace and Quiet

Solitude never felt so sweet. The gentle, steady sound of running water and the warmth and comfort of steam wrapping its arms around you were two very welcome friends in the midst of the morning you were having. But that sweet moment of peace was gone as quickly as it came when two little feet came barreling into this sacred …

So You Think You Are #blessed

Sometimes, out of curiosity, I will do a search on popular hashtags on Twitter and Instagram just to see what comes up. One hashtag I searched was #blessed, and, let me tell you, it was quite interesting what I found. According to the hashtags on social media, you are #blessed when you receive a raise at work or find a …

To the One I Lost to Cancer

You are no longer here, but that doesn’t mean you’re gone. Over time, your physical presence has simply evolved into a beautiful memory—a memory of secrets told and promises kept, a treasured memory of unconditional love and mutual respect, and a memory of uncontrollable belly laughs and late night girl talks. You were always there, telling me the truth when …

Embracing the Insanity

They’re everywhere. I’m completely surrounded. I can feel them all closing in on me as my heart pounds harder and each breath comes faster. It doesn’t matter how hard I try to push them away and back to where they came from; they just seem to multiply and make their way right back to where they don’t belong. Cue the …

My Own Worst Frenemy

I am the poster child of worry. Really, I am. Worry loves me. In fact, we have slumber parties all of the time. You know, the kind where you stay up all night telling scary stories and watching the sunrise together. We are that “close.” Our relationship is complicated though. You see, I actually despise worry, but you wouldn’t know …

10 Reasons Why Sleep Is Overrated

Who needs sleep? My kids sure think I don’t. Sometimes I wonder if all three of them get together and come up with a game plan of how to keep Mommy and Daddy from ever going to sleep. It’s as if they cast lots to decide who will cry out first, who will wet the bed, and who will wake …

No More New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the start of a new year, and you know what that means; it’s time to start a new diet. Or at least everyone else sure seems to think so. I did try a diet once when I was in college. One of the rules I had in this particular diet was I could only eat one dessert a week. …

Christmas, Tractors, and the True Reason For the Season

“What is Christmas all about?” I asked my oldest son, wondering all the while what answer he would spout back. You might think since he is a four-year-old, he would say something like presents or Christmas lights or maybe even Jesus—every Christian parent hopes, anyway. But what does my little one think Christmas is all about? He confidently responded with …