Minus 116 Pounds and Counting: When You Believe God

Minus 116 Pounds and Counting: When You Believe God

Hey Friends, life has been hard. My husband’s aunt, his mom’s twin sister just passed-away. Losing her has been like loosing Iris all over again. It is hard to lose such an integral part of a family. We have laughed and cried a lot. We are still transitioning our little foster-love home.  Our oldest son is preparing to leave for Marine boot camp.  My husband’s business is going through some extraordinary changes. And I have been super sick.  What started …

Self-Care... Yeah Right 1

Self-Care… Yeah Right

Our foster-love was sick last week.  Of all the things I love… I love her.  To serve this baby, to love her gives new life to a weary soul, but even I have my limits. So we went to the doctor. And the baby wouldn’t sit on the scale. No matter how much we tried, she wouldn’t let go of me. She had a fever. She was miserable. I chirped, “She weighs 21-pounds, I know she does.”  But the nurse …

The #1 Beauty Secret... seriously you can't look better than this

The #1 Beauty Secret… seriously you can’t look better than this

Day 23: When I was in 7th grade (at the rat tail end of the 80’s) I was not allowed to wear make-up yet. So I secretly (but not so subtly) applied it at school. Pink frosted lip gloss (a shimmery glue-like substance) and bold blue eye shadow were my weapons of choice to woo the boys (who were a foot shorter than me…convenient). I felt grown-up, but I looked like a clown. Don’t get me started on the bangs …

Get What You Deserve: The Penance Jackpot!

Get What You Deserve: The Penance Jackpot!

I just had this penance conversation with the vandals, our 3 and 5-year-old sons. Me: CHARLIE?!?!  What happened to your lip??! Charlie: Sam punched me in da face. Me: SAM?!?!? Charlie: It’s ok mommy, herms had enuf of me. Sam: ya… I told herms to stop. Charlie: ya… herms told me a bunch of times to knock it off.   Fair enough… I guess. This is how I lived.  In the belief, I deserved some harsh treatment for my wicked …

It’s a Shame You’re Enormous, You Have Such a Pretty-Face...

It’s a Shame You’re Enormous, You Have Such a Pretty-Face…

Ah… pretty-face syndrome. It’s a blessing and a curse. Although, of all the cruel things ever said to me the one that still reverberates in my soul took place at a summer camp where I worked after high school graduation. A young girl name Twyla, with a gift for saying everything inappropriate, was hanging on me with a multitude of other smelly 11-year-old girls.  Some pawed at my waist long hair, others asked questions about boys, high school, French-kissing, getting …

The Mom Diet: Results Pretty Typical 1

The Mom Diet: Results Pretty Typical

I have the best of intentions when it comes to diet. I do. I want to be fit. I want to wear cute sleeveless summer blouses. And I know what is beneficial.  Truth be told I love a spinach peach smoothie.  As I gulp the icy delightfulness I picture my organs being saturated with vitamins, minerals, and “I am a good girl” vibes.  I feel grand amounts of righteousness that prompt me to post “smoothie selfies” on Instagram. Honestly, labeling …