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Progress. Isn’t that what life is all about? When we don’t feel any sense of progress, isn’t that when we get down on ourselves or even depressed? Progress is intrinsically connected to happiness. But in our lives as mothers, a sense of progress can be evasive. As we meet the needs that pop up right and left from our kids, much of our “to-do” list remains undone at the end of the day. We often feel like we’re treading water and that our attempts to actually move toward a goal are always thwarted.
But we’re here to say that moms CAN progress. We CAN feel the joy of moving forward and learning at least a little every day.
Spend the next month with us figuring out some of the keys to progress for moms through these great articles:
Motherhood IS About You - Episode 75

Motherhood IS About You – Episode 75

Motherhood is about helping our children become the people they want and need to be. Yes. But motherhood is also about helping OURSELVES become the people we want and need to be.
How Moms Can Go "Back to School" Too

How Moms Can Go “Back to School” Too

As the school year starts, we help our children embrace new learning opportunities and friendships while helping them get organized and set up for success. Here are some simple ideas to help YOU enjoy more learning, friends and organization too!
Book Summary: The Element

Book Summary: The Element

Ken Robinson's book focuses on teaching why it is so important that we find what we are passionate about--our "element." He explains how creativity is vital to a fulfilling life, and how there are limitless types of intelligence and ways of being creative--in other words, no one is stupid or unimaginative.
Book Summary: Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

Book Summary: Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal Pain, of Money Saving Mom, has created a step-by-step guide to help women find balance and joy in motherhood.
Learning to Love the Process, Not Just the Result

Learning to Love the Process, Not Just the Result

I love the feeling of checking things off my list and progressing towards goals. But I'm learning to cherish the "doing" just as much as the "getting it done." Motherhood is about processes, not just results.
Built to Last

Built to Last

Are you outlasting the challenges of motherhood? Or is your endurance in need of some work? As mothers, we need to remember that we are built for the long haul—to outlast the hard moments, days, weeks, and years we have before us. We are built to last.
A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

A Powerful Alternative to Setting Goals

I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions. So I did. And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.) But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years is that there’s an amazingly powerful process that helps me...
Big Things are Made out of Little Things

Big Things are Made out of Little Things

I love my kids and I'm grateful that my dream of having a family had come true. But when I was younger, mothering didn't come as naturally to me. Then, I read a quote by Mother Teresa that stuck with me and I realized that my purpose in life was under my nose. ...
What's Not That Important? Radio Show Episode 36

What’s Not That Important? Radio Show Episode 36

What have you realized isn't as important as it seemed to be at first? We come into motherhood with ideals about how things are going to go - then we realize that some of those ideals just aren't realistic or aren't all that important. April and Saren discuss what they've "let go" of -...
Growth Means Growing Pains for Child--and Parent

Growth Means Growing Pains for Child–and Parent

Because we expect “progress” to mean “improvement,” we sometimes forget that growth means “growing pains” both physically and emotionally for both parent and child. Just as my son’s joints ached as he grew four inches over a summer, so too do we hurt sometimes as we stretch to new heights in our lives together.
The $100 Allowance (Part 2)

The $100 Allowance (Part 2)

Last year, Amy Makechnie’s 13-year-old daughter requested a lump sum allowance of $100. So, how did the experiment turn out? Read the follow up to Amy’s popular post.
You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Great Academic Resources for Moms

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Great Academic Resources for Moms

Jennifer Brimhall homeschools her children, and she’s culled a list of her favorite academic resources for all moms.
Building Grit in our Kids

Building Grit in our Kids

What's the key to success? It's not talent or good looks or social skills. It's GRIT. Saren shares a story about how she's working to build grit in her family.
How 60 "Mothers With a Message" Wrote Their Book

How 60 “Mothers With a Message” Wrote Their Book

Today is Launch Day for "Deliberate Motherhood," and we thought it would be fun to share the behind-the-scenes story of how this book came to be.
WOW MOM

WOW MOM

Do you ever wish you had your own personal cheerleader as a mother? Someone to cheer you on when you seem to be losing the daily battle? Learning to pat yourself on the back when no one else does is a hard, and much needed task, for any mother. In her article, “WOW MOM” Power...
Learning to Accept Help from Others

Learning to Accept Help from Others

As mothers, we sometimes put so much pressure on our own shoulders to appear as though we have it all together...while on the inside we are screaming for a little help. Sometimes that help has already been offered, but we turned it down in order to maintain a facade.
Finding Reasons to Dance

Finding Reasons to Dance

Sometimes in the midst of the storm it is difficult to find reasons to dance. Read about one mother’s experience in finding joy despite frustration and setbacks.
How to Make Progress Like a Spider

How to Make Progress Like a Spider

A woman progressing is like a spider molting. Her old ways don’t work anymore, just like the outer skin of a spider becomes too small for its growing body.Molting is a natural process, but it involves pain, conviction, and patience.
3 Tips for Balancing the Hats in Life

3 Tips for Balancing the Hats in Life

My hats include my roles as a writer, mother, business owner, wife, volunteer, homemaker, and teacher. Some days, I feel like I wear all my hats with ease. Most days, I feel like I am scrambling to get everything done. These three practical solutions have helped me maintain some balance in my life.
8 Tips for When the Long Days Get Longer

8 Tips for When the Long Days Get Longer

Days seem a lot longer when you are parenting by yourself! Marinda Bush shares, “Without this time ‘alone’ I never would have known that I am brave, strong, confident, resourceful and independent. I've been pushed in ways I wouldn't have chosen for myself.”
The Inadvertent Athlete

The Inadvertent Athlete

Are you intimidated when it comes to trying new things? Christina took up tennis at age 43, and it has become her lifeline. Her story offers great motivation to help you get out there and try something new!
Picture Story:  Learning the ABC's of Motherhood

Picture Story: Learning the ABC’s of Motherhood

After becoming a mother for the sixth time, I realized that just as I am patient with a child sounding out an unfamiliar word, I need my children to be patient with me as I try to slowly sound out how life should flow with six small children.
Discovering the Super Mom In Me

Discovering the Super Mom In Me

With as many times as we mess up in a day, sometimes it’s hard to believe we can be super. But as we dig a little deeper, we find the superpowers of motherhood that can conquer the world...or at least save the day.
How to Become Less Judgmental in Nine "Easy" Years

How to Become Less Judgmental in Nine “Easy” Years

As a new mom, I noticed all the little flaws in other people’s parenting because I was unsure of my own skills. But now, nine years into my parenting journey, I’ve learned that, on some days, just getting out of the house with everyone wearing shoes is a victory.
Derailing the Mother Worry Train

Derailing the Mother Worry Train

Stop worrying and start enjoying with these three simple ideas.
Picture Story:  Re-Thinking Your Destination

Picture Story: Re-Thinking Your Destination

Author Gina Ricks explains how she has learned to appreciate her toddler’s slow pace. The key is to remember that often the journey is the destination.
Humbled By the Unexpected

Humbled By the Unexpected

Before Nate’s birth, I had what I thought was a pretty good life. I had a husband who was working two jobs to take care of our family, two sweet little girls, and a home we loved. But I didn’t realize how shallow I had become.
Progressing Through Motherhood By Setting Objectives

Progressing Through Motherhood By Setting Objectives

After two months of being a mom, I realized my hopes about motherhood were nothing more than nice thoughts. I desired progression, but with no clear destination, that desire seemed to only fuel my feelings of inadequacy. It was then I realized what I was missing: goals.
Book Summary:  Being The Mom

Book Summary: Being The Mom

In Being the Mom: 10 Coping Strategies I Learned by Accident Because I Had Children on Purpose, author Emily Watts shares 10 coping strategies she's found along her journey. It is a quick, light read, full of stories and lessons all moms--from the new mom to the grandmom and everyone in between--can benefit from.
Revival Recital

Revival Recital

Throughout my life, I worked hard to develop my talents in dancing, singing, and theater. After I became a mom, however, my hours of practicing were replaced with laundry, nursing, kindergarten, and driving my children to their own lessons. How could I rediscover my talents---and myself in the process?
Declare Your Intentions!

Declare Your Intentions!

Our lives are determined by our intentions. I am no longer the frazzled, “busy” mom I once was. Instead, I now try each day to pause, to create, and to intentionally be the mother I want to be.
Facing My Biggest Fear

Facing My Biggest Fear

Do you ever feel that your skill set as a mother is not enough to meet the daily challenges that arise? Author Tiffany Hancock shares a personal glimpse into her earliest mothering moments and the fear and inadequacy she felt at that time--as well as how she overcame that fear and moved forward with faith. ...
The Full Truth

The Full Truth

I don’t know exactly why postpartum depression hit me with the last birth and not the first two--and though that is frustrating, I’ve come to realize that I am just not privy to the full truth of hormones, sleep deprivation and postpartum life. To get through postpartum depression (and the difficulties of motherhood generally), I...
Book Summary: The Leader in Me

Book Summary: The Leader in Me

Already being a fan of the 7 Habits, I was intrigued at the idea of teaching them to my children (particularly while they are still young), and this book has filled me with plenty of ideas on how to do that. This book has single-handedly made a paradigm shift for the better in my parenting...
Spiritual Sundays: A Price Worth Paying

Spiritual Sundays: A Price Worth Paying

Before I became a mother, I viewed myself as a reasonably intelligent and capable person. That idea changed quickly when my son was born.
Progress: 4 Simple Keys for Moms

Progress: 4 Simple Keys for Moms

in our lives as mothers, a sense of progress can be evasive. As we meet the needs that pop up right and left from our kids, much of our "to-do" list remains undone at the end of the day. But we CAN progress. And we CAN feel the joy of moving forward and learning at...
From Toilets to Tantrums:  Lessons My Toddlers Taught Me About Patience

From Toilets to Tantrums: Lessons My Toddlers Taught Me About Patience

Going through the toddler years six times with six different children has taught me perspective and patience. Now, instead of thinking, “This is my entire life, and I am failing as a mother!” I remember that kids go through phases. They just do. It is part of their learning, and that learning process may take...
10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

What has motherhood taught you? Allyson Reynolds shares 10 lessons she's learned, and invites you to share what you've learned from motherhood.
How Can a Busy Mom Stay Focused? - Episode 53

How Can a Busy Mom Stay Focused? – Episode 53

Ever feel like you move from one task to the next, but never actually get the most important things done? We've been there, too. Join our conversation on how to reverse this . . . even as a busy mother.
The End Is Imperfection

The End Is Imperfection

A while ago, my teenager gave me my own “velveteen rabbit experience.” He made some poor decisions and did something that was very bad. My initial reaction, after coming out of a state of shock, was to wonder what exactly I had done wrong. Ultimately I learned some pretty important lessons about parenting.
Appreciating the Now (video included)

Appreciating the Now (video included)

Learning to live in the present and appreciate the now is not as easy as it sounds. In the past, I've described myself as a frustrated perfectionist who is constantly vacillating between my desire to get things done and my desire to enjoy the moment before it's gone. These are the things that have helped...
Turn Around

Turn Around

Bumpy roads, sharp turns, and unexpected dips are inevitable. Are you idling, checking your rearview mirror, or steadily traveling toward the ease of days ahead? Wherever you are in your journey, author Michelle Chase reminds us to take in the view as we navigate our way through motherhood.
Shoot For the Moon

Shoot For the Moon

When our dreams and goals seem just out of reach, sometimes looking at our lives from a different perspective is all we need.
Are You Distracted or Busy?

Are You Distracted or Busy?

At a recent Power of Moms Retreat in California, one of the "issues" that kept coming up was how distracting technology can be. And I wondered, Is technology really "distracting" us anymore than our mothers were "distracted" a generation ago? How much are we distracted and how much are we busy doing things mothers need...
Your "Personal Best" - Episode 49

Your “Personal Best” – Episode 49

What;s your Personal Best? Join April Perry and Andrea Davis as they discuss methods for focusing on our own "personal bests" and giving ourselves relief from trying to measure up to someone else's standards.
New Year's Resolutions: Go Big or Let Go?

New Year’s Resolutions: Go Big or Let Go?

Okay, mothers of the world. What’s it going to be this January? Are you going to set big pie-in-the-sky goals/resolutions/whatever you want to call them, or are you going to simply try a little harder to do/be a little better?
Keeping that Christmas Feeling

Keeping that Christmas Feeling

Last January, I set a goal to do some sort of community service each month for 2012. We didn’t. But we did do five more acts of community service than we had ever done before. So that’s success right? And now, for 2013, I'm trying again.
We Mothers Are Storymakers

We Mothers Are Storymakers

Close your eyes and return to a moment from your childhood, whether it be an important event or a casual Monday afternoon. What is the story being told? And will your children remember the the lessons you taught?
Merit Badges of Motherhood

Merit Badges of Motherhood

Have you ever seen a Boy Scout proudly displaying all of the merit badges he has earned? Do you ever feel like we should earn merit badges for all of the amazing feats we accomplish as mothers?
What If It's Enough?

What If It’s Enough?

I often feel like motherhood is like a big game of Tetris. With shapes falling out of the sky, I need to make sure they land in their proper place. It's fun in the beginning but, as the levels begin to advance, the game gets much harder-just like life.
Mommy's Monday Meltdown

Mommy’s Monday Meltdown

Are you trying to do it all, for everyone, on minimal sleep, and with a smiling face? Stephanie Sprenger shares her perspective on the messiness of perfection and the silver lining of a gloomy Monday.
The Best Year of My Life?

The Best Year of My Life?

This year has been good, but it has also been challenging. Then a friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook that this has been "the best year of [her] life, hands down." I thought about her sentiment and wondered if I could echo it. I wasn't sure that I could.
Ninja Mom: My Six Favorite Resources at Power of Moms

Ninja Mom: My Six Favorite Resources at Power of Moms

Consider the similar skills necessary to be a mother and to be a ninja: focus, balance, strength, patience, flexibility, self-control...comfortable clothing. The Power of Moms provides me with some of the most useful resources to gain the skills I need to negotiate the martial art of mothering.
Spiritual Sundays: Grace or a Spotless Kitchen

Spiritual Sundays: Grace or a Spotless Kitchen

How many times have you looked into pleading eyes, wanting to say no, but ultimately saying yes? How many times have you been glad that you did?
Darth Mom

Darth Mom

Sometimes the example of my personal character is a little closer to Darth Vader that I'd like to admit. I am learning that progress is not perfection. There is no completely “perfect mom” or wholly bad “Darth Mom.” There is just me--the woman, the mom.
The Tightrope Walker - Part 4

The Tightrope Walker – Part 4

In this final installment of the High-Wires of Motherhood, we explore the tentative and ever-shifting balance required in our relationship with our children. We go to The Incredible Tightrope of Raising Children.
The Tightrope Walker - Part 3

The Tightrope Walker – Part 3

Today’s post is the third in a four-part series by Amanda Hamilton Roos. We've talked about the fine mental lines every mother must balance within herself. This week we'll talk about The Death-Defying Act of Walking the Tightrope with a Spouse.
"Mom" Talents

“Mom” Talents

Before children, I had a promising career in education. I was a talented and enthusiastic teacher. I had worked my way up and I knew I would put it all on hold when I had children. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, and once I was one, I felt lucky!
Invisible Growth

Invisible Growth

Ever feel stagnant? Frustrated that you are constantly running...but never making the progress that you dream of? Give yourself some credit. Maybe you are growing--it's just invisible.
Mommy's Report Card: Five Ways to Gauge Your Progression

Mommy’s Report Card: Five Ways to Gauge Your Progression

Motherhood is not a glamorous job. For myself, leaving behind the world of positive feedback and constructive criticism was one of the hardest parts of motherhood. Here are five ways I’ve discovered I can evaluate and gage my own progression as a mother.
Railroad Tracks

Railroad Tracks

I wanted to be the farm-mother I envisioned—up early, making a hearty breakfast, children doing all of their chores cheerfully, all before 5:00 A.M. Laying down the railroad tracks of habit was harder than I anticipated. But, it's made a huge difference in our lives!
Six Reasons to Never Give Up on Motherhood

Six Reasons to Never Give Up on Motherhood

One June morning in Sacramento, I boarded a Greyhound bus with my five-month-old daughter to visit my parents for a weekend. We were with a rough-looking group of passengers. The drive was six hours. My baby needed a diaper change before we’d even gone 100 feet.  But I was falling apart as a new mother,...
Getting Excited About Goals- Episode 37

Getting Excited About Goals- Episode 37

Sometimes I (April) struggle to help my children set and achieve goals.  I want them to be excited about life, and I want them to progress within their areas of interest, but the whole process can feel a bit overwhelming. So I teamed up with DeAnne Flynn, an inspiring mother of seven children (ages 8-22),...
When Then Syndrome

When Then Syndrome

We’ve been waiting for this day for a LONG time. In less than three weeks, my family will be moving into the home that will serve as our final resting place. So now that I finally get to settle down l, I can’t help but ask myself the question: Now will I be satisfied? ...
Moms' Body Image - Part 2

Moms’ Body Image – Part 2

Our Power of Moms Community has incredible advice for any mom struggling with her body image. It's completely turned my life around. Join us!
Motherhood is Movement

Motherhood is Movement

Last week, as I picked up the SAME clutter around the house for the umpteenth time and made the SAME meals and did the SAME laundry, the repetitive mundane aspects of motherhood started to get me down. But then this poem came to me...
A Thick Skinned Mother

A Thick Skinned Mother

I went to bed shedding a few tears of frustration. Why? Because sometimes I get tired of being "The Bad Guy". It would be easier to let them eat Cocoa Puffs in front of the TV every day this summer. But, we all want more for our children, don't we?
Moms' Body Image

Moms’ Body Image

One day I heard my daughter compare my body to Winnie the Pooh's. Most days, I make negative comparisons of my own. Join my journey to discover how to appreciate and care for our bodies.
Spiritual Sundays: Be Really Good at Being You

Spiritual Sundays: Be Really Good at Being You

Why am I always noticing what other mom's look like? Do you ever envy the “supermom” next door? Well, it is time to stop! You are amazing. You are the only you that will ever be, and YOU are here to find out why!
Discovering Your Passions - Episode 32

Discovering Your Passions – Episode 32

Do you have a passion that inspires you to get out of bed in the morning? Join us for our first international podcast, featuring Saren, April, and four powerful mums from Australia.
Dropping Out of the Mommy Rat Race

Dropping Out of the Mommy Rat Race

I attended my first yoga class years ago. It was at 4 pm and I was specifically looking at a girl in the front row who could easily touch her toes. And I wasn’t just looking. I was trying to catch up to her. Just then, the instructor said, “Do not compare yourself to your...
Overcoming Family Labels

Overcoming Family Labels

  I just spent the last two weeks visiting my family in Iowa. Like every family, we have similarities in opinions as well as differences, things we get about each other and things we don’t, and specific ways we enjoy spending our time together, avoiding other activities entirely. And it’s always interesting to see how everyone...
Mastering the Art of Starting Over

Mastering the Art of Starting Over

I am a group exercise instructor and see this in my clients all of the time. They have great and hefty 90-day transformation plans or a race training calendar in hand. Then, one busy day turns into another and the training stops. I tell them that the smallest deed is larger than the greatest intention....
Domestically Disabled (but Learning)

Domestically Disabled (but Learning)

I have been a wife for almost 13 years and a mother for almost 11, but I admit that I am "domestically disabled".
Mothering Lesson From an Orphan

Mothering Lesson From an Orphan

It’s one of THOSE days. You know the kind--we’ve all had them. Rushed breakfasts. A child whose selective deafness results in everyone being late to school. New cavities at the dentist appointment. Three little boys running wildly away from you in Target while everyone stares at the crazy lady who can’t handle her kids. ...
Can Mothers of Infants Make Progress?

Can Mothers of Infants Make Progress?

We’re going to be talking a lot over the next month about The Power of Progress, but before we get too carried away with lots of pie-in-the-sky plans and goals, I wanted to address a special group of mothers that often have a hard time feeling like they are making any progress: the mothers of infants....
Book Summary: Don't Set Goals

Book Summary: Don’t Set Goals

This is an older book that kind of jumped out at me at my local library. “Don't set goals?! Now that sounds like something I could really be good at!” In reality, the author doesn't have anything against goals, just the way that we tend to go about them. Instead of setting a goal,...
Little Kids, Little Problems

Little Kids, Little Problems

It used to drive me crazy when mothers of older children would say this to me. All I could think was how easy it was for them to say that when their children could bathe themselves, dress themselves, feed themselves, entertain themselves, get in and out of the car by themselves, wipe their own noses...
Monkey Bar Moms

Monkey Bar Moms

Have you ever been to a playground? Of course you have, you're a mom. You know your children will have a fun time but you also know a few tears might be shed.
The 15-Minute Makeover

The 15-Minute Makeover

It doesn’t involve lasers, chemicals, pills, or suction, you don’t have to make an appointment with a professional, there are no unpleasant side effects, and best of all? It’s free! In fact, this makeover can be done right in the privacy of your very own home, any day of the week, whenever you need it....
Self Reliance = Self Esteem

Self Reliance = Self Esteem

Boy, Megan’s article was outstanding, giving great ideas for this wonderful and very important value of self reliance. We feel so much the same regarding this that I will not re-write the concepts, although I want to add a couple of other thoughts. When I was a young mother, I was so eager to help...
You'll Be A Woman Soon

You’ll Be A Woman Soon

You know that annoying song? We sing it to my oldest daughter, Cope, every now and then because it’s so funny and awful.  She always exclaims, “Mom!  Dad!” and then we all laugh.  She’s so excited to grow up.  And I keep chanting,  Slow down, slow down…  The other day, Cope had her 11-year-old doctor’s...
What have you changed in your mothering?

What have you changed in your mothering?

One part of mothering that is just now dawning on me is the continual progression of motherhood. A woman does not instantly become the mother she’s always dreamed of being just because she brings her newborn baby home. A mother must learn and grow, sometimes through painful experiences, many times caused by her own mistakes....
Just Begin

Just Begin

How many mothers have big projects they want to accomplish?  My guess is that you’d be hard-pressed to find a mother WITHOUT a big responsibility or goal.  Maybe it’s getting the emergency kits together.  Maybe it’s writing a book or planning a vacation or figuring out a way to totally organize the house once and...
The Evolution of Enthusiasm for Doing the Dishes

The Evolution of Enthusiasm for Doing the Dishes

Image from Shawni Pothier     Listening to Grace teach Claire to do the dishes the other night made me smile. After they got all the dishes crammed in there, detergent loaded in and door closed, Grace wrapped her arm around her sister and pointed out that although there are a lot of buttons on...
What Surprises Me About Being A Mom

What Surprises Me About Being A Mom

I am utterly shocked at my confidence in motherhood…five years later.  And three children.  When my son was born I could barely put on his clothes.  I knew I would break him.  And his chicken legs were the smallest I’d seen.  Wait, had I even held a newborn baby before?  I was dumbfounded going to...
What I REALLY Want for Mother's Day

What I REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

  I look back at past Mother’s Days and realize that what I usually want and expect is basically a day off.  A day off from mothering.  Ironic, isn’t it?  I’ve decided to change that this year. What I’ve decided that I want more than anything is to somehow craft a day where I can...

A Lesson From a 7-Year-Old

My 7-year-old Eliza is a great teacher. She can teach her little brothers in a way that really works for them – and for her. Check out this spontaneous shoe-tying lesson she offered yesterday morning (I always mean to pull out my camera when she’s doing stuff like this – finally I caught it on...
Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears

Can any mother ever forget that feeling of absolute panic the first time she was tipped out of her wheelchair into the big, wide world with an infant in her arms?  Sheer terror.  I remember looking around at the nurses and other hospital personnel, wondering if there wasn’t something else they needed to tell me,...
S.M.A.R.T. Goals - Episode 2

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Episode 2

Do you know what a S.M.A.R.T. Goal is?  Using the letters of the word SMART, you can see what we are talking about: S = SPECIFIC–Pick a goal that is something you can “pin down.” M = MEASURABLE–You’ve got to have a way to measure your progress or you will never feel like you’ve accomplished...
Celebrate your Kids' Talents

Celebrate your Kids’ Talents

  One of those things I remember was the way my Dad would sometimes tuck us up onto his lap as kids and talk to us about what we were good at. He’d ask us what we thought our talents were and each time we suggested something he’d wholeheartedly agree, and write the first letter...
Dorothy, the Tree, and Me

Dorothy, the Tree, and Me

We recently lost our goldfish, Dorothy.  Yes, I know that goldfish aren’t meant to last long, but this wasn’t just an ordinary fish.  About two weeks after I miscarried our fourth child, our family was in a bit of a slump.  My youngest children constantly begged for a dog (since they couldn’t have a brother),...
Defying Gravity...Every Day

Defying Gravity…Every Day

When my husband was three or four, he climbed up onto the top bunk bed in his room and jumped off—fully expecting to fly (though he admits he kept his legs under him…just in case).  Unfortunately, no flight took place that day, poor guy.  I bet everyone has a story like that—a yearning to fly,...
Which Way Do I Go?

Which Way Do I Go?

Moving into a new era of life can be a bit daunting. You don’t know what to expect, you don’t know how you will manage, you don’t know where to turn. Then somewhere in the back of your mind you realize, that’s all part of the journey, right? My children now, 8 & 11, are...
From Princess to Queen

From Princess to Queen

“Mommy, why do we have to eat healthy food?” my wide-eyed eight year old asks. “Mom, why do we have to have lights out at 8 o’clock?” my curious ten year old sighs. “Mooooooommmmm,” bellows my six year old son, “why do I have to stop playing Star Wars and practice my reading?” Grouch, grouch, grouch,...