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 …

More Than a Reflection

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see bags under tired eyes from rowdy children keeping you up most of the night, hair in desperate need of a cut or really just a brush, and two-day-old mascara smeared across half of your face? Or is that just me? Sigh Now, that the holidays are upon …

Living In a Mixed-Up World

It was that time of year again—the time I like to call Thankschristmas. It is the time of the holiday season when Christmas lovers alike don their tacky red and green elf on the shelf sweatshirts and turn on their obnoxiously loud Christmas tunes right smack dab in the middle of November. Gasps all around in hushed tones. Yes, Thanksgiving …