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Optimism is essential to happiness and success.

The Power of Optimism is more about positive thinking.  It’s looking for and celebrating the good in family life so we can be the moms we’ve always wanted to be.

There's No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

After getting back from a conference, April realized that while it's great to get away for a while, nothing compares to the love a mommy gets in her own home. It can be hard to be needed all the time by our families. But it's also really wonderful to be needed!
Landing Gratitude

Landing Gratitude

Why didn’t life go my way? Our accountant made an error and we owed $10,000 in taxes due that day! I wish I could tell you what happened inside my head that day and all I can say is I think I finally landed gratitude.
Using Our Voices: Episode 45

Using Our Voices: Episode 45

You have a powerful voice, and the more you use it, the stronger it will become. Join Sarah Hull and April Perry (in their minivan-sound-studio) as they encourage you to confidently and deliberately develop your own voice.
Feel Great About a Job That's Never Done: Episode 42

Feel Great About a Job That’s Never Done: Episode 42

Motherhood is a beautiful, wonderful pursuit. But it sure involves a lot of mundane tasks that have to be done again and again and again! In this week's Radio Show, April and Saren discuss ways to find meaning and magic in the mundane.
Light IN the Tunnel

Light IN the Tunnel

Do you ever feel like you're in a tunnel, and life as a mother just feels dark, low, and uncertain? Here are my very best ideas for making those tunnels into refining moments that are full of light.
Let Go and Love

Let Go and Love

Motherhood can be overwhelming. Many women can feel “mommy burnout” more often than they care to admit. Author Amy H. Fonseca relates her experiences with mothering and how the process of “letting go” of our baggage and stress can help us see motherhood in a new light.
The Stockdale Paradox

The Stockdale Paradox

Motherhood is often punctuated by challenges, sometimes small and mundane and sometimes lasting and heart-wrenching. How can we get through them? The Stockdale Paradox, a mix of optimism and discipline, could be part of your solution.
Picture Story: Dandelions

Picture Story: Dandelions

In viewing myself as a dandelion, I was able to understand my own position as a mother and the choices that I am able to make.
Midlife Mom Blues (with video!)

Midlife Mom Blues (with video!)

We’ve all heard of postpartum baby blues, but what about mid-life mom blues? Allyson Reynolds gives 5 reasons her newest stage of motherhood (her youngest child started school last fall) is keeping her on her toes...and 5 reasons it's also really awesome.
Why I'm Grateful for Amy Glass

Why I’m Grateful for Amy Glass

There's a post going viral called "I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I'm Not Sorry." It's obviously stirred up quite a frenzied discussion. Here's a respectful response from Power of Moms.
Book Summary: Happily Ever After

Book Summary: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After is the recently released book by Trista Sutter, who is most widely known for her role on the television show The Bachelor and as the original Bachelorette. This book really opened my eyes to what true gratitude is--that developing a grateful heart has more to do with our perspectives and how we...
The Haves and Have-Nots

The Haves and Have-Nots

In our family, we often perceive ourselves as the “Have Nots.”  Everybody has more than we do.  There is always something more we need to buy, and it is an embarrassment to even admit that we are lacking in the areas where “everyone else” has an abundance. Well, this compare snare we’ve gotten ourselves into...
Thought Replacement Therapy

Thought Replacement Therapy

I read this article in a magazine last week that really struck a chord with me. It talked about how our thoughts can really drive us forward towards the things we want most – or they can bog us down and hold us back and lead us away from what we really want. Most of...
Exchanging Papayas for Peaches

Exchanging Papayas for Peaches

When we moved our family from Hawaii to Utah, I did everything I could to emotionally prepare my children. However, during it all, I forgot to prepare myself.
Ix-nay On the Erfection-pay

Ix-nay On the Erfection-pay

My eight-year-old insisted on spending her money on bedraggled mums. I was positive there would be no way to get those mums properly planted. She finally convinced me she would take care of the mums, and so she bought them and has been faithfully tending them. And I've learned the true meaning of "perfect".
Mini Catastrophes and an "Attitude of Gratitude"

Mini Catastrophes and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

The Power of a Positive Mom was a monumental help to supplying extra fuel to my days--it made a definite contribution to my ability to accept challenges, keep a positive outlook, and savor the great things about motherhood as I propel our family forward.
They Really Do Grow Up!

They Really Do Grow Up!

It can be hard to really enjoy the “now” when you're getting slammed by so many hard things all the time. It can be easier to see the beauty in things that are past than in things that are present. Saren shares some ideas for cherishing the beautiful precious present with our children.
9 Ways to Fill November with the Joy of Gratitude

9 Ways to Fill November with the Joy of Gratitude

Check out these simple and meaningful ideas for making the whole month of November into a season of thanksgiving for your family.
Introduction to The Power of Optimisim

Introduction to The Power of Optimisim

When I'm not feeling my best, the last thing I want to hear is that I should "look on the bright side". It's normal to feel down about life sometimes. But, just because we're down, doesn't mean we can't learn through the Power of Optimism.
The Lost Toy

The Lost Toy

Sometimes in the daily routine of being moms, we forget to take a moment for ourselves. Here’s how one mom remembered that in order for her family to thrive, she needed to thrive as well.
Unexpected Joy

Unexpected Joy

I wasn’t expecting this. If David and I had given birth to a child bearing our genes, there’s a good chance he or she would have been quiet, introverted, and prone to melancholy like us. Instead, we ended up with a giggling, bouncing, outgoing, joyful three-year-old.
Becoming Supermom

Becoming Supermom

Becoming a “supermom” takes help from other moms during inevitable imperfect moments.
The Simple Life

The Simple Life

I believe the simple life is attainable for anyone anywhere, whether we’re living on a farm or right in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area. The simple life has little to do with possessions or circumstances and everything to do with our inner thoughts and our perspective.
What I've Said Today

What I’ve Said Today

Sometimes joy in motherhood comes in unexpected ways, such as realizing your family isn’t the only strange one! If you need a laugh, enjoy this humorous post by author Sadie McCurry, as she shares the funny phrases that have come out of her mouth.
One-on-One Time with Our Kids: Why We Must and How We Can

One-on-One Time with Our Kids: Why We Must and How We Can

It was hard to believe this morning as I was racing to the high school with my oldest daughter and giving her a “talking to” about getting in bed earlier so she wouldn’t miss her bus in the mornings that this time last week we were having the time of our lives together on a...
Living for Wednesday

Living for Wednesday

As moms we have hard days. Someone is sick, jobs are lost, days are long, money is tight, messes are made, things don’t go as planned. But there is a bright tomorrow. Maybe it’s not a literal tomorrow, but there is an ending to the difficulties somewhere in your future.
For Deliberate Mothers Everywhere: How to Remember Who We Are in the Midst of Mothering Mayhem

For Deliberate Mothers Everywhere: How to Remember Who We Are in the Midst of Mothering Mayhem

I get unraveled just about every day. I wish I didn't, but every morning I wake up feeling like things are too hard. So here are four things I do to remind myself who I really am. Hopefully they'll work for you, too!
Picture Story: God Dealt Me a Great Hand

Picture Story: God Dealt Me a Great Hand

When Sarah Hull learned that her first baby would be born with Spina Bifida, her doctor cautioned her, "God did not deal you a good hand." Sarah and her family have been put in a world that not all get to experience, a world where patience is tested, where miracles are witnessed, and strength is...
Dwell in the Light

Dwell in the Light

On a bad day, the last thing I want is for someone to tell me to think positive. But I’ve come to realize that many optimists are not naturally sunny people; they are learned optimists who really have to work at it. And I’m ready to be one of those people, one of those mothers....
Two Keys to Everyday Patience

Two Keys to Everyday Patience

“Somewhere between the early morning feedings and the endless toy room clean-ups, I’ve decided to find a way to enjoy these patience-promoting experiences, or at least most of them!” Join author Danielle Porter as she explains the difference between “everyday patience” and “mothering patience.”
Don't Worry about It

Don’t Worry about It

In the midst of all the conflicting advice out there about what the best mothering practices are, it's so easy to constantly second-guess ourselves. Includes a tongue-in-cheek chart that will help you see how silly some of our worries really are.
A Deep, Uncomfortable Patience

A Deep, Uncomfortable Patience

All day, I had a sense I was forgetting something. If I could just remember it, my sense of unease would disappear. But I was surprised to realize I was not forgetting a task or an item to check off my to-do list. Instead, I was forgetting to have a deep patience with my own...
Sometimes they drive me crazy...

Sometimes they drive me crazy…

Have you noticed that sometimes all your children seem to be having issues simultaneously - and that their various issues are exacerbating each other's issues? Well, here's a little glimpse of some of what's been going on in our house (some of it just might sound familiar).
"Thanks Mickey!" - Teaching Gratitude at Disneyland

“Thanks Mickey!” – Teaching Gratitude at Disneyland

Whether we're taking our children to amusement parks, movies, restaurants, birthday parties, or other fun places, we want our family experiences to make us into better people. Here's a fun, simple way to teach our children gratitude.
Downton Abbey and Motherhood

Downton Abbey and Motherhood

Have you ever dreamed of having a house full of servants, a la Downton Abbey? Allyson Reynolds has three reasons why doing the domestic "dirty work" of motherhood might have its own rewards.
Spiritual Sundays: Looking for the Good

Spiritual Sundays: Looking for the Good

Jewish tradition has always reinforced this concept that G-d is good, his ways are good, and his creations are good. It seems that we are supposed to constantly remind ourselves of this as a basic principle of Judaism. Can we apply this concept of looking for the good when we parent?
Love, The Hard Way

Love, The Hard Way

After 15 years as a mother, the reasons why I think it's so important to be there for my kids are not what you would think. The real reasons are the hard stuff. The "no fun" stuff. I want to be the one that takes care of all those things. Because I know that my...
Back To School Basics: You Get what You Get

Back To School Basics: You Get what You Get

“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” Have you ever said this to your child? Have you ever said it to yourself? Author Tomie Day Bankhead explains how this simple, childhood lesson can help us accept the disappointments of life and become more optimistic, positive mothers.
Accidents Happen. That's Okay.

Accidents Happen. That’s Okay.

Spilled applesauce, a sentimental souvenir ruined, soiled bedding, a twice-backed-into car, broken plates, a puppy running through a paint tray, all in a matter of days. How did Allyson manage to hold it together?
Knowing when To Breathe in and when To Exhale

Knowing when To Breathe in and when To Exhale

Moments come, and then they are gone. It is up to us, as mothers, to decide which ones we choose to “breathe in, long and deep” and which ones we let pass us by. Author Emily Ashton shares her beautiful thoughts on living from moment to moment and seeing past the tough moments...
These Are the Best Days of Your Life

These Are the Best Days of Your Life

I knew that when I grew up, I'd go to college, get married, and then have children of my own. My husband and I suffered through several miscarriages and five frustrating years of disappointments in the baby department. Perhaps the life I had always envisioned was not the one I was meant to have....
A Moment of Positivity

A Moment of Positivity

“Somehow, imagining our future grounded me more gratefully in the present.” Are you feeling drained and overcome by the chaos? Author Stephanie Sprenger reminds us that a time-based perspective might be just the recharge we need.
Green Beans and Gratitude

Green Beans and Gratitude

As I picked row after row in bright August sun, I paused to watch as my two sons played in their sandbox right outside the garden gate, happily digging in the dirt. I suddenly realized that the beans were the same as my boys: full of surprises and reasons for gratitude, always one more to...
When There's a Fork in the Road, Eat Croissants

When There’s a Fork in the Road, Eat Croissants

During a trip to Paris with her daughter, author Kim Hall learned that sometimes unexpected “forks in the road” lead us to croissants.
Tell a Different Story

Tell a Different Story

I’ve already spent far too much of my life’s energy focusing on the negative. I want to spend as much of the rest of my life telling a a story of gratitude, a story of optimism, a story that focuses on all the beauty, joy, and love surrounding me every day.
Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes

Do you sometimes forget to thank those whom you love the most? Author Amanda Hamilton Roos shares an idea for a sweet Thanksgiving tradition that will help you express gratitude to your immediate family.
What is Your Problem?

What is Your Problem?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the messy house, loads of laundry, and disobedient or defiant children? Do you ever feel worn-out and empty? Do your children ever seem to be the source of your problems? Author Karin Brown shares how she learned to identify the real problems.
Fortunately/Unfortunately: A Thankfulness Game

Fortunately/Unfortunately: A Thankfulness Game

A fun way to teach your children to focus on their blessings when they are faced with difficult situations. This is one you won’t want to miss!
The Marathon of Motherhood

The Marathon of Motherhood

I'm not a marathon runner, even though many of my loved ones are. But whether we've run 26 miles or simply held it together for 26 minutes, I think we can all appreciate this touching story told by Janeen Wright.
Do Pictures Really Tell 1,000 Words?

Do Pictures Really Tell 1,000 Words?

I could have thrown down the camera that Sunday afternoon and walked away...I could have been disappointed I didn't have any “picture-perfect” photos. But instead, what do I have? I have a wonderful, accurate portrayal of my life that I will treasure for years. I'm learning it isn’t about getting what you want, it...
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.
Picture Story: Forever Baby

Picture Story: Forever Baby

At six weeks of age, Brittany Miller’s daughter was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and partial blindness. In this picture story, she expresses her gratitude for her precious daughter and offers support to other mothers facing heartbreaking diagnoses.
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.
To Have Sight and No Vision

To Have Sight and No Vision

Having sight but no vision, or living in a world of negativity, cripples the progress of the human soul. And mothering is all about souls. Below is wisdom, inspired by Helen Keller, debunking common myths that hold mothers back from embracing the power of optimism.
We're Singing in the Rain!

We’re Singing in the Rain!

It’s great to plan a family trip when everything goes well and everyone has a good time, but when things start to fall apart, it becomes an adventure! “Our trip became one of the weaving moments of the fabric of our family, and hopefully we taught our children that when it rains, you sing.”...
Four Ways to Bounce Back after a Big Loss

Four Ways to Bounce Back after a Big Loss

Tuesday was election day in America. After months and months of having a vested interest in a particular candidate, party, measure, or proposition, to wake up and realize that it’s all over (or even worse, that your candidate/measure/proposition lost!) can be a real let down. What in the world does this have to do with...
The Strength To Make It Through

The Strength To Make It Through

How do you convince small children they have to do something they neither want nor believe they can do? How do you help them “press on” when their perspective holds only pain and discomfort? Answer: a big, therapeutic dose of OPTIMISM!
Running With Joy

Running With Joy

Is exercise a drudgery for you? The Power of Moms’ author Mary Jenkins shares how her daughter turns exercise into a joy with her bright optimism as they take on the challenge together.
My Life is Full...Maybe a Little Too Full

My Life is Full…Maybe a Little Too Full

Many mothers find themselves “deep in the trenches” of life’s daily tasks. How do we find the optimistic view we need to move forward each day? Emily Allen, shares a small secret for remembering to have gratitude when faced with our daily mothering responsibilities.
Thanksgiving Ideas - Episode 44

Thanksgiving Ideas – Episode 44

This 20-minute podcast by Saren, her mom, and her sisters, Saydi, Shawni and Charity, offers simple, meaningful ideas for creating a wonderful Thanksgiving season.
What I Want My Daughters to Know

What I Want My Daughters to Know

Did my five-year-old know what being “a mess” meant? No, that much was obvious. So then why was it something she wanted to be? Then it hit me: Being a mess was something I had called myself. Is that what I want her to learn from me?
My Happiness Elixir

My Happiness Elixir

I have a sure-fire way of dealing with whatever life throws at me: I have found a happiness elixir! It comes in through my ears and goes right to my heart.
Worth Fighting For

Worth Fighting For

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35, this incredible mother raised three girls and left a legacy that will inspire every one of us. You do not want to miss this beautiful tribute, written by one of her daughters.
Welcome to Holland

Welcome to Holland

Lately I have been thinking a lot about raising a child with a disability. Recently I heard that an old college friend had a baby that was born with some severe disabilities, and I have really been pondering about it and just thought I'd share my take on this.
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,...
Ever Had a Day that Felt Like a Circus? - Episode 35

Ever Had a Day that Felt Like a Circus? – Episode 35

We've all had those days, haven't we? The groceries got left in the car, the sock got stuck in the vacuum . . .. And you think what else could possibly happen today?!" Join Kristine Jones and April Perry as they discuss ways to manage all those crazy moments.
Ever Feel Like "Just a Mom"? - Episode 20

Ever Feel Like “Just a Mom”? – Episode 20

Not everyone has the choice to be a stay-at-home mom, but for those who do, and for those who feel like everyone's asking them "what they do all day," here are some ideas from two moms who know that they are more than "just" a mom.
They CAN Be Taught

They CAN Be Taught

This past year, I have learned one truth in mothering that has made me more optimistic than ever: My children can be taught, and I can teach them!
Oscar The Grouch's Guide to Sunny Days

Oscar The Grouch’s Guide to Sunny Days

Ever feel like Oscar, the beloved symbol of grouchiness? We all have moments, days, and sometimes weeks, when it seems like a cloud of gloominess hangs overhead. But it doesn’t have to last!
Thanks and Giving: How To Be "The Rich Family in Church"

Thanks and Giving: How To Be “The Rich Family in Church”

Eddie Ogan's story, "The Rich Family in Church" illustrates perfectly how giving to others can fill us with contentment and gratitude for our lives, even if we appear poor in the eyes of others.
What You See Is What You Get

What You See Is What You Get

I recently spent time with my beautiful spunky 89-year-old aunt. Despite losing her husband and then losing one of her daughters, my Aunt Ginny is one of the most optimistic people I know. She truly believes what she sees is what she gets.
The Science of Optimisn

The Science of Optimisn

Whether you’re a natural born optimist or a struggling pessimist like myself, cultivating optimism can be the difference between enduring motherhood and enjoying it.
Small and Simple Things

Small and Simple Things

Because I suffer from depression, optimism doesn’t come easily for me. I'm always searching for ways to keep myself happy so I can focus on raising my children. I’ve found a few simple things that, if done daily, help me to stay optimistic.
An Attitude of Gratitude - Episode 18

An Attitude of Gratitude – Episode 18

In this podcast episode, Caryn Payzant and Sara Sahagun discuss ways that we can keep an attitude of gratitude and teach our children about being grateful. Sara is a caring mother of three who recently experienced the loss of her husband. She gives wonderful advice about being grateful for what she has. Sara says, "Gratitude...
Flipping the Switch

Flipping the Switch

So many of today's complaints are really SO trivial. It's hard to not get sucked in by it all. And the busy-ness of being a mother sometimes means that days fly by with me never thinking of all the things I take for granted.
Mommy's Hope

Mommy’s Hope

My son showed me how much "hope" matters to him, but then I realized that my entire life as a mother is centered around it.
When Mama's Not Happy, Nobody's Happy

When Mama’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy

A few months ago, a Facebook question was posted:“What does the word “mother” mean to you? How about “power”? How does it feel to put those two words into the same sentence? What IS the true power of mothers?”
Defending Motherhood

Defending Motherhood

I think there is a general attitude in society that kids are an inconvenience and a burden that must be endured. My kids bring me joy and I LOVE being a mommy to my little brood! I hope I can pass that “love of being a mom” along to others.
Book Summary: The Power of Positive Parenting

Book Summary: The Power of Positive Parenting

Do you ever feel like you have no control over your children? Does anyone ever not feel that way!? This is a great book about the power of being positive.
Living The Dream

Living The Dream

It had been a long hard few weeks and I was done. I’d had it. I found myself wondering, “Will someone remind me why I wanted to do this?” Then I realized, I have always wanted to be a mom and that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Music Wherever You Go

Music Wherever You Go

The other day my husband and I were at the store with all four kids. It wasn’t just any store, it was Costco, and it was way too close to Christmas. To say that there were a lot of people there would be an understatement. It was jam packed! It wouldn’t have been a big...
I Believe

I Believe

I Believe. I Believe that the love of a truly Good Man is one of Life’s Greatest Miracles. I Believe that Specific Prayers bring Specific Answers. I Believe that doing Hard Things can make you Softer. In a good way. I Believe that there is nothing more pure than the love of a Child. I...
If All Else Fails, Make Hair Follicles

If All Else Fails, Make Hair Follicles

When I was young and single, I would envision the family that I would have and the kind of mother I would be. I would create disciplinary strategies, structured schedules and be baffled (in a way only non-parents are) by mothers whose children seemed “out of control” whatsoever. I dreamt of the active, productive, creative...
Heavy to Light

Heavy to Light

Today was a heavy day.  Not a bad day, a HEAVY day.  A day when real-life stresses feel overwhelming and seem to physically weigh me down. A day when it seems like jobs are hard, money stinks, nothing is simple, and solutions seem far away or non-existent.  Towards the end of the day, I was...
Happy With What I Have

Happy With What I Have

Remember how we all thought we were fat in high school? If not fat, we didn’t like our hair/skin/clothes or the junky car our parents made us drive. Last night I found pictures from my sophomore year. Instead of wrinkles, my face had freckles. Instead of stretch marks and cellulite, I had muscles and a tan. I wanted to reach...
Go Figure

Go Figure

As a first time mom, I had all the same worries that any other first time mom has. Will I be able to tell what my child needs and when? Will my child be healthy? Will I be comfortable nursing in public, or nursing at all? Will I ever be able to get back to...
Each Day is a Gift

Each Day is a Gift

Submitted by Kelleyn Rothaermel: I remember the day as if it were yesterday, but over three years have passed since that day. My husband, our middle child, and I were going in to find out the sex of our third child. I was so excited! I was hoping for a girl since we had two...
A Precious Gift: Adoption

A Precious Gift: Adoption

Submitted by Carolyn Canning: The phone call came at 12:25 PM on September 26, 2006. Seven hours later I was the mother of a 17-month old, beautiful, blue-eyed boy These are the precious moments when we realize that life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned, sometimes it’s better than we ever imagined. After...
What's the Point of Housework?

What’s the Point of Housework?

There’s a common misconception that housework is terrible, mundane drudgery that needs to be accomplished as quickly as possible (or avoided at all costs) so we can move on to the “more important” things in life. I don’t love scrubbing bathtubs or mopping floors, necessarily, but here are a few experiences from my life...
Did I Grow Up to Be "Nothing?"

Did I Grow Up to Be “Nothing?”

I had a very eye opening experience with my almost-five-year old son this week that really made me think about my role as a mother. My son and I were having a conversation about how he wants to be a fighter pilot when he grows up. I typically use these little moments to stress the...
My Wild and Precious Life

My Wild and Precious Life

Catherine and her Children Submitted by Catherine Arveseth: Five four and under. Two sets of twins. One big sister. That’s our home. When our oldest daughter was 19 months old, our twin girls were born. After years of disappointing infertility, the heavens seemed to be cracking open. Thanks to wonderful doctors, new science, and some...
Finding Strength in the Scar

Finding Strength in the Scar

            It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I’ve had quite a few surgeries – a benign tumor, the size of a tennis ball, removed from my neck and a cesarean section to deliver...
You Are Doing a Great Job!

You Are Doing a Great Job!

Here are a few of my insights: Never compare yourself to another mommy and never judge another mommy. Each mommy is different.  Each pregnancy is different. Each baby is different.  Each baby nurses differently. (If they can even nurse at all – that’s okay if they can’t!) And yet we do compare ourselves to others....
I'll Always Need My Mommy

I’ll Always Need My Mommy

This past week I finally went in for a surgery that I have been needing (and dreading) for years. A few hours after the surgery, I sent her home to get some rest—reassuring her that I was totally fine. Unfortunately, my optimism began to wane as quickly as the anesthesia.
I Got My Wish - I Am a Mother

I Got My Wish – I Am a Mother

As I biked up beautiful Snow Canyon with my five wonderful kids and my excellent husband on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, I had a little flashback to a day almost exactly 12 years ago when motherhood seemed like an impossible dream to me. I’d headed down from Boston to DC for my sister Shawni’s...
He "wet" the dresser

He “wet” the dresser

My husband and I had a meeting to attend the other night, so a sweet young girl in our neighborhood came over to babysit for a couple of hours. My husband and I had put the baby down, fed the children, gotten everyone in their pajamas, made sure all the teeth were brushed, and gave...
How to be a Happy Mother When Everything Isn't Perfect

How to be a Happy Mother When Everything Isn’t Perfect

What is perfect? It’s such a personal thing. If I were to ask you to describe your “perfect” day, it would most likely be different from the description I would give. What about the perfect man, or the perfect meal, or the perfect weather? The media is always trying to impose their definition of perfect...
I Begin to Understand

I Begin to Understand

Over the summer, while we had my friend and her kids living with us, there were some serious challenges. I hoped blessings would come out of those challenges, and the blessing I really wanted was to be a better mom.  While the Thomas family was here, I astounded myself (not all that hard) by how...
But What Would My Sour Be

But What Would My Sour Be

I have recently gotten into bargain shopping.  Grocery shopping has become, dare I say, a hobby.  I religiously clip coupons from my four papers, organize them, pour over store advertisements and watch a website to help me with all this madness.  My four-year-old will yell in support, “Wow, great bargain mom!” in the isles of...