A Halloween Not To Remember

Halloween. A day of dressing up, playing make believe and of course, getting candy. That's basically what my Halloween was like. Except, I dressed up for my mom's funeral, made believe that it wasn't happening, and the candy...well, I don't have an analogy for that, I just had some candy later. It felt weird to … Continue reading A Halloween Not To Remember

We Don’t Give Up On Family

My mom died. But this is not a blog post about that directly because I just can't. Or you will see me ugly crying through the screen and nobody wants that. Because even the word "devastated," doesn't accurately define how I (and my family) are feeling. This is about the unintentional final gift from my mom. A … Continue reading We Don’t Give Up On Family

An Emptier Nest

My oldest son has moved out. I haven't seen him in days and I don't know exactly where he is living. Only that it is on the other side of town. Years ago, I changed the way I parented Kaleb. It bordered on being his friend which is against all the advice from smart people. … Continue reading An Emptier Nest

Adoption Defines Us… Sort Of

Sometimes people focus on the fact that our kids are adopted. Why wouldn't they? It's a big part of who we are. Yes, in some ways, it defines us. But, in a lot of ways, it is just part of us. Like, our kids are adopted and also, we like to eat hamburgers! So, we were … Continue reading Adoption Defines Us… Sort Of

My Daughter Doesn’t Have Self Confidence

We have known for years that Lizzie struggles with self confidence. It’s a mystery how a child who has us wrapped around her finger can have any insecurities but she does. Math, in particular, has always been an issue. She struggled with it when she was in elementary school, when she was homeschooled, and now. This year, the … Continue reading My Daughter Doesn’t Have Self Confidence

Teenagers And Ice Cream

Our kids are teenagers. Ok, Lizzie is technically not. She’s only 11. And Antwan has a few more months of not technically being a teenager. But, emotionally? Yeah, they are teenagers. One of the true bummers about that is their apparent inability to have any fun anymore. Not in the silly way that I have … Continue reading Teenagers And Ice Cream

Getting Help From A Friend

My friend and fellow blogger, Candy, helped me revamp my blog and I couldn't be more excited about it. You see, I have many talents but customizing a blog is not one of them. She put a lot of work into it; more than I realized she would have to when I asked (maybe begged) her … Continue reading Getting Help From A Friend

Maybe There Is An App To Get My Kids To Clean?

Does anyone remember when I was all inspired and wrote the Parker handbook and some of you said it wouldn't work?? Well....you were totally right! haha! The idea was solid. I thoroughly enjoyed making my fancy schedule. I presented each of my children with a copy of the handbook and had them sign the last page, … Continue reading Maybe There Is An App To Get My Kids To Clean?

Holding My Son’s Hand

  You know how they say that you should treasure those moments when your child wants to be close to you? How you shouldn't be annoyed when they climb on your lap or grab your hand? It's true! It's also true that the lack of personal space and the constant pressure is exhausting so this is … Continue reading Holding My Son’s Hand

Life Lessons

Once a month, William and Antwan have to do a check up before they get their monthly prescriptions. The med checks are routine and no big deal but it's still a hassle. A "fun" thing about my doctor's office is that you are required to confirm that you are coming or they will actually cancel your … Continue reading Life Lessons