Emotional Icons

Jeepers. Send one wrong emoji and suddenly you feel attacked, misunderstood, vilified, and, well, old.  Granted, I’ve apparently been sending this particular (and apparently incorrect) upside-down-smiley-face emoji for months now.  Frankly, I got tired of tapping on the standard smiley face options.  When I found the upside-down-smiley-face I thought oh, yes that is much more … Continue reading Emotional Icons

Flu-ing the Coup

It’s happened again.   I thought maybe we could just ride out the rest of 2021 without any major parenting milestones, but alas...kids.  Am I right?  Or rather, NON-parenting milestones.  The parenting moments your pesky teens steal from you without permission. I've written before about that sense of loss, like you missed an important invite. Maybe … Continue reading Flu-ing the Coup

The Power of Mom

Referring back to my entry of a few weeks ago, it didn’t feel right to leave it without an update and a plea. First, I want to offer a huge thanks to all who reached out to us personally with kind thoughts and words of encouragement.  It is always so reassuring to know how many … Continue reading The Power of Mom

(Step) Broken

I should be used to it by now.   I should be so good at dealing with it that it’s just another blip in the day. Oh, we’re doing this again?  Okay, well, that sucks.  Not sure why you’re making this any kind of deal, let alone a big one.  Move on, already. Instead, it seems … Continue reading (Step) Broken

Ranch Dressing and the Downward Spiral of Western Civilization

This may be controversial, but I think I've finally nailed down why today's youth and young adults are triggered and entitled and unable to function like the champs of the generations before them. It’s something I’ve thought about often - thinking that if I could just put my finger on it, I could probably solve … Continue reading Ranch Dressing and the Downward Spiral of Western Civilization

Failure to Launch

This is one of those blogs that could go haywire really quickly - much like the conversations between my husband and I regarding the subject matter. Could go haywire? Oh, yeah - our conversations have absolutely gone haywire. If by haywire you mean, oh, hey, has this caused the two of you any all-out-definitely-count-as-an-argument moments?. … Continue reading Failure to Launch

It’s the End of the Year as I Know it…

Wait, that’s not the song. Close enough, though. It is the end of the academic year. And it is as I know it. Frankly, I get a little tense in June. Historically, in my house, June is the month in which we really examine the pile of dropped balls among the kids and offer a … Continue reading It’s the End of the Year as I Know it…

Summer of Healing

I heard today, again, that this will be remembered as the Summer of Healing. Good grief. Why do we keep having to remembering things? Can we get through an event here or there without having to put a notch on the timeline to refer back to? Although - I guess since we just short of … Continue reading Summer of Healing

But All My Friends Do

If you're wondering what it's like to raise kids these days...stay tuned. If you're wondering if it's really true that all your child's friends get to (insert completely unrealistic activity), stay tuned. If you're wondering if it's possible to count down the days until the next teen leaves the nest while also wishing those same … Continue reading But All My Friends Do