Dear Friends, Being a mom is weird. It plays tricks on you. It is stressful, frustrating, complicated, even infuriating. It is also rewarding, joyful, fulfilling and enlightening. It can have you pulling your hair out, losing your ever-loving mind and begging for a break from your life one minute, and filled with love and happiness the next. … Continue reading My Boys Left for the Summer, Leaving my Mom Emotions Totally Confused
Hi Friends! Before I get to the meat of this post--this last week has been a busy one at my house! Saturday was spent cleaning out gutters, and I still have the gutters in the front to do. I discovered the section that was clogged when I bought the house is going to need to … Continue reading The Conflicting Roles of Mom and Single Woman Have Me Feeling Guilty
Dear Friends, Everything is planted! It seemed like winter was going to hold on forever this year, and now not only is it warm and beautiful again, but everything is planted and growing! All of this warm weather has the seeds popping and the plants bursting to life. I got the last of my flower … Continue reading Single Woman Home Repair & Inanimate Objects Leaping to Their Deaths
Dear Friends, I've come across several blog posts and YouTube vlogs recently with a common theme: morning routines. Mornings are a very important time, and if you jump out of bed in the morning and straight into chaos, it of course is going to set a bad precedent for the rest of the day. I am … Continue reading Morning Routines: How I Manage Mine as a Working Single Mom
Dear Friends, The weekend is over, but remnants of garden soil cling magnetically to the crevices in my fingernails. The rain has been falling since Sunday morning, but Saturday was a warm, sunny, perfect day to be outdoors. After weeks upon weeks of cold and rainy weekends, I was beyond grateful for this beautiful Saturday...and … Continue reading DIY Strawberry Beds + My Love Affair with the Outdoors
Dear Friends, If you read my last post, you probably think my mom life is pretty grim right about now. But actually, things are looking more positive than they have in a while! I’ve divvyed out punishment, and they’re both taking it and running with it. Even my 13-year-old, who usually complains about every teeny-tiny … Continue reading Parenting a Teen, Part 2: Structure, Discipline and Responsibility
Dear Friends, I have a fresh new teenager, 13 for only two months, and I'm already getting my crash course in devil-may-care, adolescent cluelessness. I called my grandmother at 7:14 p.m. on Friday evening to ask her if my boys could stay with her on Monday since they were off school and I, of course, would … Continue reading Parenting a Teen, Part 1: Reality Check!