A Few Hours for Me: Pour Your Heart Out


I looked over my to-do list and realized there was nothing that I absolutely had to do in the next few hours. My to-do lists often have little to do with actual deadlines. I self-impose deadlines that keep me days, weeks, or sometimes even months ahead. So there could be an item on my to-do […]

It Is What It Is

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It is what it is. I simultaneously despise that phrase and live by it. Sometimes I do have a good cry just to get all that emotion out, but then I try to move on. If I can do something to change an outcome or change the path I’m on… I will fight like hell […]

It Wasn’t Personal… or Was It?


It feels personal, I whined. Yes, whined. My husband is practical enough to roll his eyes and tell me that what a friend had said, it wasn’t personal.  Whenever I hear someone say that, I immediately think of this movie scene: I picture adorable little Meg Ryan in her raincoat belted over her pajamas, talking […]



I stood, waiting in line at the bakery for my youngest’s birthday cake. Beside me, a new mom was showing her brand new baby to her coworkers. It took me a few minutes to realize I was doing the baby sway, rocking gently from side to side as I did when my boys were babies. […]

A Safe Place: Pour Your Heart Out

Like this bubble, Mom?

The world is not always fair and people aren’t always kind. Kids learn these lessons early on. Painful lessons, but important. We can’t shield our kids from everything. We can’t put them in a bubble where everything is always fair and everyone holds hands to sing and dance together joyfully. Our kids have to learn […]

Sometimes We Push


My kids are each their own person. They have different interests, different personalities. They are different from each other, different from us. And we try to honor that, allowing them to explore their interests and knowing where their comfort zones fall. Yet… If you’re never pushed out of your comfort zone, if you’re always allowed […]

You Get to Be The Heroine: Pour Your Heart Out


I was talking with a friend last week who confided she had been feeling unimportant. In the grand scheme of life, as if she didn’t much matter. I can understand that feeling. Examining my own, I live a small life. I like to think that I make a difference to my family and to close […]

What to Do with Your Judgey Pants: Pour Your Heart Out

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“I try not to judge…” “Not to judge, but…” “I usually don’t judge…” Most of us say things like this. Because most of us realize that we shouldn’t judge others. That we never fully know someone’s situation and so we can’t judge them. Or we know that it’s not up to us to judge. And […]

It’s Not a Judgment on Your Parenting


When I take a strong stance on something I believe is right for my kids, I’m not making the statement that it’s what’s right for all kids. I’ve lost track of the number of times that what one of my kids needs is the exact opposite of what another of them needs. And that’s with […]

Listen to the Why: Pour Your Heart Out


Isn’t it weird, the things you remember? Maybe I remember this because I really hated being wrong. Way back when I was in second grade, sometimes the way my mind worked would cause me to get things WRONG according to my teacher. It was something so silly, completing a worksheet on Fact or Fiction. The […]