To Speak Up or Shut Up?

While I don't have a pic of him in his car seat, I know that's the jacket my middle wore in his car seat until my friend spoke up.

It was all over my facebook feed a while back. A mom saying that her baby’s life could have been spared had someone commented even once on all the pictures she’d posted of her under 2 child sitting face forward in a car seat. Why didn’t anyone say anything? The heartwrenching post described how her […]

It’s Okay for Kids to Be Kids: Pour Your Heart Out

Sometimes they move so quickly, they're slightly blurred in every picture I try to take.

Your house must be loud.  You must be busy all the time.  I hear variations of those two comments often when someone hears that I have three boys 10 and under or if they see me out and about with them. And yes, my house is often loud. Especially with three. Because even if one […]

Pour Your Heart Out

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2014 is winding down. One week from today, it will be Christmas Eve! This will be the last Pour Your Heart Out post until January 7th because I know you’ll be busy celebrating the holidays! If you write something during that time that  you’d like to link up, feel free to link it in the […]

Ten: Pour Your Heart Out


Ten is not a little kid any more. Seen from an adult perspective, 10 is still a child of course. Some of the twenty-somethings I know seem like children sometimes. Yet, at the same time, 10 definitely isn’t a baby any more. A 10 year old doesn’t need his mom to do everything for him […]

Does He Really Still Believe? Pour Your Heart Out

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Two years ago, as the Christmas season was starting, I felt a little sad thinking it might be the last year of magic for my oldest. I mourned at the idea that one of my boys would soon stop believing in Santa and how he knows whether kids have been naughty or nice and the […]

Pour Your Heart Out: The Thankful Edition

I didn’t join in with the 30 days of thankfulness on facebook this year. I knew it would become just another thing that I felt like I had to do every day. And that I’d end up being flip and saying things like “I’m thankful I finally found chocolate-covered Lays at Target!” Which, I really […]

That’s Me: Pour Your Heart Out

image via since most of my books are currently on my kindle

I get super cranky if I’m hungry. After I’ve hit my limit of talking to people, I shut down. I pin really cute outfits on pinterest but know that if it’s not super comfortable, it would only get worn once, which is why my wardrobe is mostly various types of yoga pants. I overlook a […]

Kindness Will Last: Pour Your Heart Out


Be kind. To each other, to everyone you come into contact with. It’s important to me to teach this to my kids. I want to raise kind children who grow up into kind adults. It might sound a little crazy, but being kind is more important to me than what grades they get in school […]

Where I Prefer to Be: Pour Your Heart Out


I sit slightly away from the others, reading my book. I’m perfectly happy there. I love to read. And I enjoy the time when there isn’t a list of things I have to do in that moment and the kids are otherwise occupied with their practice, so there’s no one asking anything of me right […]

I Fit in: Pour Your Heart Out

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“I wouldn’t want to go to school there,” my oldest said, of the school where their karate lessons take place, as we were driving home. “It’s okay for karate, but it’s not nice, like our school. I definitely wouldn’t want to go there,” he informed me, as if there were any question about my boys […]