Food · Health and Fitness · Writing


The topic of nutrition has been brewing in my mind for the past couple of weeks, and then today's one word prompt of Healthy popped up. Last night I was watching the documentary Sugar Coated on Netflix.  And in church this morning, part of the sermon addressed time; that which we deem important we will make… Continue reading Importance

Family · Food

Food Rant: The No Time Myth

Disclaimer: As Maya Angelou says, "When you know better, you do better." Before I get contrary comments, I'm coming out right now and saying that in terms of health and nutrition, there are situational exceptions. Not everyone has had the opportunity to learn these things, factors involving poverty, homelessness, etc. that I am not addressing… Continue reading Food Rant: The No Time Myth


An Experiment

I've noticed lately that more often than not, I am saying "No." to the kids. All the time. Or I'm saying "not right now", "later", "in a minute", etc. I don't want to be that mom. The negative mom that you hear in the store that sounds angry, hurried and just bothered by being a… Continue reading An Experiment

Faith and Personal Growth · Family


Since June, it's been a bit bumpy and lumpy around our house. We've (I) have been a bit lopsided. This is due to many things, including the following: *Deployment (duh!) The kids have good days and bad days but 5 months into this - the novelty for all of us has definitely expired! *Fall/Winter: the… Continue reading Recalibrating

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Square Peg in a Round Hole

Some days (weeks, months) are just like that. Disjointed, out of whack, trying too hard to get my to-do list checked off, bull-in-china-shop yuckiness. Like cramming a square peg into a round hole. And when the dust of the day starts to settle, all three of us pay for it with crabby Patty attitudes, tantrums… Continue reading Square Peg in a Round Hole

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Love, Expressed

For about half of our marriage, Eric and I do this thing where I ask him the following question: "Why do you love me?" He responds by saying: "I love Lori because...., by Eric. I love Lori because......." and then lists for that day and whatever may be going on between us. And then we… Continue reading Love, Expressed

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Amputation Part III

Well, I did it.....I cut off the cable. This decision has been something that has been brewing for a few years. In fact, some 5 or 6 years ago, Eric and I started discussing our television viewing habits. We started small by removing the television from our bedroom. It wasn't like we felt we were… Continue reading Amputation Part III

Faith and Personal Growth · Food · Health and Fitness

Success or Failure?

It really does come down to choices. All of life is a choice. Am I going to eat garbage or healthy nourishing food? Am I going to wear sweats or jeans? Am I going to workout or sit on my couch? Am I going to go for a walk or bike today? Am I going to… Continue reading Success or Failure?