Authenticity, radical honesty, and simply put in the author's own word: brutiful - Glennon Doyle Melton's Love Warrior is sitting with a bookmark half way through it's pages, begging me to finish it. Seriously. It is SO raw and honest. I've laughed. I've cried. Reading this feels like when you stare directly into the sun. It's … Continue reading Radical Honesty
When I was pregnant with him, I was sicker than I've ever been in my life. I read all the books, studied up on exactly how he was developing and growing. We dreamed about what this little baby would be like when we were able to finally meet him, like all parents-to-be surely do. When … Continue reading It’s Time
Walking to the corner I keep an eye on the other end of our road for the bus. Eventually it comes, lumbering down the street to drop off our kiddos from another day at school just a quick 3 suburban blocks from our front door. The pavement wet from last night's rain, I clutch the handle of … Continue reading Seeds of Safety
Having a few races under my belt including a marathon, as well as a few deployments - I couldn't help to note some striking similarities. During shore duty, the duty stations where deployments are not a factor, my mind goes to what I call the "shore duty mental bubble". These are the tours where deployments … Continue reading Deployments ARE Marathons!
School's back in session, the sun is shining, and I have time! Time to read, write and play with my 3 dog babes! School started this week and it is the first year that our minions are riding the bus. Facebook abounds with mothers (and mockers) with tears in their eyes sending off precious bundles … Continue reading Independence
Oh Summer. With the conclusion of the school year, the reduction of my gym hours, the kids and I are experiencing the sudden loss of structure. I'm actually enjoying it, and for the most part, they are, too. There is a common theme that has arisen as of late, however - a whole 14 days into … Continue reading Boredom
"My wife is really wanting a baby. She's been showing me how 'masculine' diaper bags have become," he said. I smile. "But I'm like, 'Does that fit my Camaro or motorcycle?'" he continued, "I just don't know." I nodded. "You'll never be ready. No one is," I assured him. "But the first time you look … Continue reading Tiny Human Advice
Like any good road trip/family vacation, there are nuggets of joy tucked in amongst the agony of the drive, the "are we there yets?" and the hustle and bustle of traveling during the holidays. We've been able to see Eric's family, celebrate Christmas, and even Santa came and delivered his goods in our hotel room! … Continue reading Flow
My kid is 7 today. My "On this day" Facebook feed is me every year exclaiming how "I can't believe he's ___ years old already!" Time is such a fluid concept both rocketing so fast and crawling by simultaneously. 7 years ago I became a mother. Parenthood changes us, beeaks us open to a different … Continue reading Happy Birthday Jacob!
I think most people are the same in that we often have opposing ideas. Our ideals can often contradict our reality, such as our beliefs not always being aligned with our actions. If I had my way, I would live in a world without clutter. Paperwork and "stuff" that litters our countertops in piles would … Continue reading Push Pull