Monthly Archives: July 2013

Help Me Dream Big, and Give Big

Help Me Dream Big, and Give Big

I sit and stare at the number on my computer screen. It’s big. “Can I really sell that much jewelry? In that much time?” Doubts and fears and second thoughts flood my mind. Is it worth it? Will people think I’m crazy? Will I annoy someone if I ask for their help? But then IRead More

Filling Up While Running on Empty: Why I’m Training for a Half Marathon

Filling Up While Running on Empty: Why I’m Training for a Half Marathon

For nearly five years now (if you count pregnancy) my body hasn’t been mine. It’s been stretched, leached, swollen, ripped open, sewn back up, bitten, sucked into a vacuum (of the Medela type), bruised, infected, and overall, manhandled. When you become a mother, you lose full custody of your body. Your legs become trunks ofRead More

Are Selfies Ruining Teen Self Esteem?

Are Selfies Ruining Teen Self Esteem?

I recently wrote an open letter on my Facebook Page to another page that features far different content than I do: local teens posting selfies in hopes of finding out if they’re “hot or not.” While many of the photos were benign, the whole concept was deeply disturbing. And even though I know this isRead More

Prayer of the Impatient Mother

Prayer of the Impatient Mother

While my children are whining, The devil is dining, On the sin of my impatience. He licks his lips for just a taste Of anger and frustration. “Throw that book, raise your voice, Yell a little louder! Turn your wrath Into a rage, make me so much prouder!” Lord, help me to rise above TheseRead More

And There She Is: My Toddler Has Arrived

And There She Is: My Toddler Has Arrived

The smell of a dying fire swirled through the air as the sound of crickets filled the dark silent space. My left hip bone dug into the hard ground, it’s own layer of fat and the thick sleeping bag underneath providing a slim layer of comfort. Our first family camping experience would prove to beRead More

Spark Your Greatness with Pizza Hut Book It!

Spark Your Greatness with Pizza Hut Book It!

I have fond memories of participating in the BOOK IT! program as a child, even though we weren’t fortunate enough to have a Pizza Hut near us. (We made it work, but that’s our little secret.) When Pizza Hut contacted me about checking out their new summer reading site and doing a review/giveaway on myRead More