Why I Am Choosing To Forgive the Person Who Said a Cruel Thing About My Child

Both of my boys have birthdays soon.  I will only have one teenager left after that.  I have grown children.  And I can’t always protect them. Shamefully, that has always been the case.  Oh, we have all done our best to make sure they were physically safe.  Emotionally, I couldn’t always be there to protect them from other people and their thoughtless words or actions.  That’s normal.  I know that.  We all have to learn to fix our own problems {Read More}

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary Without Breaking the Bank!!

The Super Trooper and I have an anniversary coming up (21 big years) and although it would be nice to do something really romantic (like a cruise), money is a little tight and I’ve already agreed that he can buy new tires for his truck!  Honestly, it seems like we celebrate in different ways every year.  We’ve done everything from weekend trips to nice dinners out to not even seeing one another because somebody had to work or was out-of-town (by {Read More}

What Could We Accomplish If We Were Never Afraid?

  That’s a pretty big question.  What could we accomplish if we were never afraid?  I imagine the bigger question is, what couldn’t we?!? My babies are all just about grown up on me now.  I don’t know that I ever imagined that.  I suppose I imagined them to be babies or little children or even pimply middle-schoolers forever.  (And just for clarification, they will always be babies in my heart!)  There have been so many things that I wanted to {Read More}

Happy 20th Anniversary To My Special Guy…20 Reasons Why I Love You!

The Super Trooper and I are celebrating twenty years of wedded bliss…today! In my dream world, we would whisk one another away to some tropical locale complete with beachside waitstaff and lots of alone time. Sadly, the real world and my dream world rarely coincide. For this 20th Wedding Anniversary, we will be watching our daughter’s last middle school Spring Concert and having a dinner that will either consist of something I pick up at the drive-thru on the way {Read More}

The Importance of Giving (and Receiving) With a Cheerful Heart

The Importance of Giving (and Receiving) With a Cheerful Heart I started off the Holiday Season like a whirlwind.  I had big dreams and plans and calendars full of ideas.  Now, Christmas Day has come and gone and my big plans fizzled out before we even got there. Truthfully, they didn’t all just die out.  Some of them, I let go on their merry way just because I couldn’t be faced with finishing them.  I stalled and restarted and then {Read More}

Give My Regards To Broadway!!

One of my dreams growing up was to someday perform on Broadway.  Obviously, I didn’t achieve that dream, but I never really had the confidence or the determination to do it! I’m not sure if it’s from hearing me say I wanted to do that or if it’s from always sharing my love of musicals with my children, but my daughter has been saying for several years now that she would like to be a Broadway star.  I don’t ever {Read More}

This Is What Beautiful Looks Like: A Microtia Story

All too often, we see people by what they are on the outside and forget that there is a whole person on the inside who is infinitely more important than just what they look like.  And sometimes, we don’t see what they consider flaws and imperfections or if we see them, we forget about them after a while. My son has microtia.  Have you ever heard of that?  I hadn’t either until he was born.  In the simplest of explanations, {Read More}

If She Says There Are Mermaids…

  My daughter loves mermaids. I know I talk about her a lot and I don’t want you to think my boys are not equally as important to me.  This really isn’t completely about any one particular child of mine.  Please be patient with me. Again, my daughter loves mermaids.  When she was about 8-years-old we took a trip to the beach and she spent much of her time staring out into the waves in deep concentration.  I really didn’t {Read More}

With This Ring…Twenty Things To Know About Marriage

With This Ring…Twenty Things To Know About Marriage  I have been married for a long time (eighteen years to be exact).  Sometimes it seems like we’ve only just started our lives together and sometimes it seems like we’ve been together for centuries.  And in Hollywood years, we probably have been!! The months of April through July seem to be rife with romance.  And just judging from the people I know, late spring and early summer are VERY popular months for {Read More}