My Wish for you, Daughter, May you always see the beauty in nature: oceans, trees, and mountains. May you always know your body is a temple, designed perfectly and beautifully. May you always have a friend who understands you and accepts you for being you. May you always embrace your strengths while allowing vulnerabilities to… Continue reading This is 12
I’d been avoiding it like the plague. I just couldn’t handle the idea of sitting in that chair, facing all the questions. And I was stuck in a wrestling match, deciding if and when I did cross that threshold, would I tell the truth or unload a bunch of crap. I canceled 3 times. I… Continue reading I Avoided the Doctor Like the Plague
A few things I want to share with my kids as they head back to school: Find strength in your gifts and humility in your weaknesses. Choose being courageous over being perfect. Admit your mistakes. Take responsibility, apologize, and move on. Give credit, where credit is due. Share your lunch with the kid that forgot… Continue reading Kids, I Want You to Know These Things
Don't Get Me Started On The Bloody Car Line It's petty. I know. But. For. Gosh. Darn. Sake. (Trust me. I could say it differently, but there are children present, after all). . . I digress. What is so hard about it? The car line. The morning and afternoon torture-chamber. All. School. Year. Long.… Continue reading The Bloody Car Line
If you have ever made running a habit, then you know. No matter how long it’s been since your last one, you are still a runner. It is in your bones, your blood; it rests in your core. It can be a form of therapy. At least I know my soul is filled-up when I… Continue reading You Are a Runner
When did this happen? I swear it was literally yesterday. They were in diapers and cribs and highchairs and nursing and eating rice cereal. I carried a super cute diaper bag, and my shirt was never free of spit-up or worse. We were beginning our walk with hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, speech therapy,… Continue reading To The Mama in the Trenches. One day soon, it’ll change.
what if. . . When you were here, and I stuck there. what if. California had been Lejeune. Norfolk had been Okinawa. what if. The music would've changed. the lights would've come on. the night would've ended. what if. A seven had been a nine. a pen was out of ink. what if. The… Continue reading What if. . .
Dads can arguably be the most important man in a girl's life. Through him, she will learn what right looks like. And a good Dad usually will do these things. A good Dad will send spoken and unspoken messages to his daughter. She will learn what to expect; Demand. What's more, ingrained in every cell… Continue reading A Good Dad Teaches His Daughter What Right Looks Like
I was recently asked to think about WHY I WRITE. Good question. But here's a true story. When I was in second grade, I did, in fact, write a story about a walking, talking sponge named Bob. My teacher, Mrs. Shem, felt it was a masterpiece. She had red hair and smelled like lavender. And… Continue reading Why I Write
There are a few things I want to share with my daughter about this strangely awesome rollercoaster ride she's about to take called middle school.Wear a bra. Otherwise known as an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. I know you’re going to feel self-conscious about it at first, but boobs are part of growing up. Everybody (if they’re lucky) has… Continue reading Dear Daughter As You Move On To Middle School
Ten Awesome Things About Getting Older: 1. You no longer care what people think. You own your style, your flaws, your awesomeness. Cuz you ain’t got time for no janky nonsense. 2. There’s no guilt when turning down invites, saying no to things that don't serve you and sending regrets. You know where you need… Continue reading Ten Awesome Things About Getting Older
The post-deployment story I have yet to tell. because... If you rip the band-aid off you will find it is still raw underneath. Even though I know how the game is played, being on the roster for over two decades, I am left feeling in shock and awe by it all. Every. Time. Because the… Continue reading Transition. How post-deployment really feels
Working hard; eating humble pie; and embracing the suck... Here are a few things about life playing sports can teach: • Never give up. Even when you are down with seconds to go, it ain’t over till it’s over. If you fight until the final buzzer, sometimes it goes your way. The hungriest team often… Continue reading Life Lessons Learned Through Playing Sports
Three years ago after my family's full-court-press begging and pleading, we adopted our pup. And she was worth the wait. Our dog has taught us: Love is unconditional. And bonding is important. • Family members require time and attention. • Go outside every chance you get. Walk, fetch, play. • Find a sunny spot, plop… Continue reading What Dogs Can Teach Us
Here's the thing about writing a blog from my heart. I feel like have to share certain things. Even if I am not always proud of them, but because it's the truth. When my son got his first set of hearing aids, at 3-months-old, I hated them. For more reasons than one. And, unlike the… Continue reading The Dreaded Whistle. Why I Hated My Baby’s Hearing Aids