Family · Writing

Just Be

Post inspired by Storyshucker Swaying in the cooling afternoon air, I mused once again how much I loved that the sky never appears the same way twice. "Oh mama, I just love you," she said, extra lovey since I let her stay home from school. Sometimes we all need a mental health recharge day I… Continue reading Just Be

depression · Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Changes

We have recently moved for the 9th time in about 12 years. It's been a chaotic few weeks with packing and unpacking, and then for good measure we threw in a dog CCL surgery! We are loving the new digs and the ocean of cardboard boxes is slowly diminishing.  San Diego doesn't get winter weather,… Continue reading Changes

Family · Writing

Teachers

Excited for their respective field trips, both kids had no trouble getting out of bed. "Where's my class shirt?!" One hollered from the closet. "Hanging right there," I hollered back. "Right where you hung it up last night so you wouldn't forget it...." I continued, mumbling the last part to myself as I grabbed the… Continue reading Teachers

Family

Wonder and Joy

I need to say thank you. Thank you to the internet for inspiration. Thank you to all the people who do the holiday season up big. Thank you to the Heather Lands of the world who make me belly laugh about our silly traditions. Thank you for the conversations of dear friends as we eat… Continue reading Wonder and Joy

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

The Life Raft of Gratitude

Navigating this deployment with kids old enough to comprehend time and distance more than they did the last time around, I'm finding that it's teaching me how to teach them how to navigate tough emotions. One has to have a good cry, the other wants to not talk about it, for now. "Later, mom. We'll… Continue reading The Life Raft of Gratitude

Family · Food · Writing

Far from Perfect. Not Even Good. 

....Tra-la-la-la-la....skipping happily through summer, making delicious vegetarian meals for my family to savor as we gather around the table for dinner every evening...after playing merrily through our warm South Texas days.... Yeah. Keep dreaming. We are also smack dab in the middle of Crap Week. What's Crap Week, you ask? Oh, let me explain. Crap Week… Continue reading Far from Perfect. Not Even Good. 

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Resist

I've been sitting here staring out the window to my backyard for about 3 minutes with my hands resting on the keyboard. "I don't have a clue..." I think to myself as the sun shines through the trampoline screen that is now a semi-permanent fixture right outside my bedroom window. Dog hair litters the floor, the… Continue reading Resist

Faith and Personal Growth · Writing

A Peek Behind the Curtain

Not just because of an election season that has left most of us feeling like we've been sitting in the spin cycle of a washing machine all wrung out, and not because of another public shooting, or other tragic event.  Just the d-word in general. Depression. I started writing about my own experiences with depression a couple… Continue reading A Peek Behind the Curtain