• Informative

    Celebrate Family

    Tomorrow is one of the biggest nationwide celebrations for Americans, barring an improbable Super Bowl win by the Cleveland Browns. We celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks, parades, and picnics all while immigrants families are struggling to find each other after being separated and detained in immigration centers after crossing into the “land of the free”. There is a lot of misinformation swirling out there on the web that muddies the conversations that are happening about this polarizing issue, but thankfully The Washington Post has complied an article to address the he said/she said going on and you can read it here. What I find most troubling is…

  • Informative

    We are all Immigrants

    While we were visiting family in Ohio a few months ago, one of the fun activities my mother-in-law (MIL) was doing was tracing her family history. She was able to delve into generations of her family that she had known only smatterings about from passed down old stories and occasional pictures. Being intrigued with the mystery and history aspects of tracing family trees, I asked her to start tracing my family tree. We came across some interesting facts and features of several of my great grandparents, but that fun search took on new meaning in regards to recent political events happening. We live near the biggest major city in south…

  • Musings

    Making friends is easy… Unless you’re a Mom

    Making friends when I was a child was really easy. I met someone new at the playground, I introduce myself to them, we both like to swing, we are in the same grade at school. Instant friends. I’m not sure where the disconnect happens between childhood and adulthood, but making friends now is hard. Not impossible, but quite difficult. It’s like once we hit adulthood and become parents; our friendships and social connections focus on our kids and what they’re doing or becoming. We need to remember that we as parents are in need of connections that aren’t attached to our children, because the idea is usually to raise the…

  • Life story,  Musings

    Hugs can help

    When I realized that April was almost over a week ago, Mister observed that we had been traveling for the first half of the month and all of us were sick in the last two weeks of it. Through all of the craziness that April offered, one thing was constant; the desire and request for hugs. Both of the kiddos are keen snugglers and to be honest, so are Mister and I. I thought back and realized that even if the day wasn’t going as smoothly as we had anticipated, a hug tended to help soften the grumpy attitudes we had developed. We had to make an unexpected trip up…

  • Musings

    Spring in Ohio

    We are spending some time with the in-laws (Oma & Pa) in Ohio and I’ve realized a few things: When driving from Texas to Ohio, be prepared to spend most of Day One still in Texas. Don’t forget the heavy coats, gloves and hats. It snowed yesterday. It’s April. Bringing bits of home, like my coffee & coffee maker, helps stave off crankiness. Be willing to be flexible about kiddos nap times & what they eat for meals. Know that the memories being made now outweigh the exhaustion earned in the drive time here. Road trips with toddlers & preschool aged kids can be done well with flexibility and grace.…

  • Musings

    Constant Parenting

    It’s been brought to my attention that my children seem to thrive on fruit snacks, episodes of kids shows and juice boxes. They also see me as a constant in their lives, and I am very grateful that they do, but there are moments sometimes when I briefly wish they weren’t so stuck to me. But in their ever-changing worlds, having mommy & daddy nearby for comfort and guidance is a comfort and constant they can count on. As a PBS character sings “grown-ups come back”. I’m trying to raise independent and confident children who will be kind to others, help those around them and not be selfish for their own…

  • Musings

    #MotivationalMondays

    Happy New Year! After the craziness and sadness that 2016 brought, I’m hoping for a more positive 2017. On that note, I’m not only dusting off my blog, but I’m going to try and implement a few weekly things. Namely #MotivationalMondays and maybe even a #FamilyFridays. I’ve realized that often, too often to be honest, I have really good intentions to complete a project, or even add a new task or event to my daily life, but my follow-through record for anything is exceptionally low. Almost like the score the Buckeyes put up against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, but that’s a whole different topic and sore subject. 🙁 Given…

  • Informative

    Survivor, not victim.

    A few weeks ago, I attended a local dance schools spring recital. I enjoyed seeing the young girls get their moment on stage to show their families and friends all the hard work they’ve put into practices finally pay off. The whole show was bittersweet because there was a missing dancer among the tutus and tap shoes. Her absence wasn’t due to being ill or on vacation, it was due to a senseless act committed by someone she once loved. Emilee Hurst would have been on stage, at that recital, showcasing her solo dance routine and participating in a few group routines as well, but sadly, she was killed in…

  • Informative,  Life story,  Musings

    Medicated Motherhood

    Being a parent is stressful. Managing a chronic condition on a daily basis where nothing is certain, despite doing relatively the same thing at the same time every day, is stressful. Interacting with a toddler who is trying to learn how to exert their independence while not being able to clearly communicate is stressful. I won’t even delve into the extra pressures mothers feel from the external pressures we see, hear, read about, scroll by on social media. That’s a whole blog post itself. After I had my daughter, she had to spend a week in the NICU due to a serious case of jaundice that almost led to her having…

  • Informative,  Musings

    Be Intentional

    Just a few weeks ago, our church and the local community were shocked to learn of a young woman’s tragic death. She was very involved in her school, the community and our church. We only knew her indirectly, but the shock of losing a woman on the cusp of adulthood hit everyone very hard. The memorial service was a mix of sadness at her passing, but also, joy and laughter about how she was and what she did on a consistent basis to encourage others. She spread joy wherever she went, but her death also opened up a lot of dialogues about stalking, emotionally abusive relationships, and ultimately, where you go…