If You’re the Mom Who Loves Whoopee Cushions

By |October 6th, 2016|

Raising children up to be well-mannered, well-behaved, well-rounded humans is tougher than I thought before I had kids of my own. You remember that place, right? The land of a thousand opinions but zero experience? Well the rose colored glasses have not only been removed but trampled. I’m speaking metaphorically, but also kind of literally too as my husband’s sunglasses are no longer usable after a certain toddler underestimated her weight as she stepped on them.

Every day I remind myself that God gave my kids the mother that He knew they would need. It’s inspiring and motivating and gives me […]

When Your Nerves are Shot

By |September 7th, 2016|

I was sitting on the ledge of the bathtub brushing my teeth after getting out of the shower one day. While my mind was wandering to all kinds of random things, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made my stomach flop. I turned my head towards the mirror above our sink. It was foggy and steamed over from the heat of my shower. There were little water droplets running down the glass. And that’s when I saw it … a hand print. Four fingers and a thumb, perfectly highlighted because of the steam from the […]

Hint of Rebellion

By |August 18th, 2016|

I’ll admit that I go through seasons where I feel slightly rebellious. Fortunately, the urge usually lasts only a few days and is usually limited to pathetic things like rebelling against pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, going to Walmart without having put deodorant on yet that day (gosh…a lot of my posts lately have been about not putting deodorant on…), and going through the doors marked “entrance” instead of the doors marked “exit” when leaving a store. Sometimes I feel compelled to eat an unhealthy amount of chips or Oreos. But for the most part, my spurts […]

Filtering the Ridiculousness

By |February 4th, 2016|

I picked up my phone the other day and clicked into my news app to catch up on what was going on in the world. I felt really bad when I skipped over the article about Obama’s gun control measures and instead, clicked into the article about Justin Bieber getting kicked out of some ancient ruins in Mexico. Sometimes I filter my current events reading according to the level of ridiculous I can stand in the moment. And in that moment, the Biebs was about as much ridiculous as I could take.

We filter through a lot of ridiculousness in a […]

Hidden in the Cracks

By |December 10th, 2015|

Kim Anderson, Guest Blogger

 

Recently I was with a friend when she said the dreaded words, “You wanna know what I heard?” Now before you go on thinking I am holier than thou and was so offended by the offering up of gossip, I wasn’t. I was intrigued and I physically sat up straight in my chair as if my position would somehow help me receive this salacious news in a more appropriate way. For the record, I am a good secret keeper. I don’t tell other people’s secrets they’ve confided in me and I’m generally reliable for keeping my mouth […]

Tough Questions

By |July 31st, 2015|

It’s really hard to have all the answers all the time. And nothing will make you feel even more desperate and alone than when you receive a message like the above picture when you type in your situation to Pinterest. I mean, when Pinterest tells you you’re on your own, you might as well go pop open a pudding cup and sit in the closet and bellow.

I’m coming out of an incredibly challenging last week and a half of parenting. Granted, my challenges are minuscule and short-lived compared to some of the challenges I know you other moms face or […]

Mom Butts

By |July 30th, 2015|

There are a lot of reasons why we moms chose the outfits we do in the mornings. Some of us are getting ready for work so we don an attractive pin skirt or flattering dress pants. Some of us are feeling trendy so we wear skinny jeans or leggings under a tunic. And some of us haven’t showered today and are throwing in the towel we didn’t use so we could just wear comfy clothes.

No matter what you decide to wear in the morning, you and every other mom in America probably did the same — turned in the mirror […]

Language Barriers

By |June 29th, 2015|

My husband and I speak very different languages. His involves a clear set of words in a logical sequence, and mine involves broken sentences, some grunting, and a LOT of pointing and nodding in an intended direction.

I know our language barrier is really frustrating for my husband. I mean, why wouldn’t it be frustrating when a massive spider is running full speed across the living room and all you can do to communicate to your husband where a tissue, shoe, or other heavy object is is stammering and point when he’s pressing you for an answer and visibly annoyed? […]

Self Talk

By |June 23rd, 2015|

Self-talk is pretty powerful. I personally self-talk myself into twice the suggested serving size of chips and cookies more often than I care to admit. But self-talk can lead to positive things too…like showering, doing your hair and make-up, and putting on a respectable outfit for the day. Was anyone else wondering how much self-talk Duchess Kate did to psych herself up to face all of that humanity who couldn’t wait to see her right after she had her babies??

Self-talk can lead to creating a scheduled, routined day for your kids rather than letting the madness take over and the […]