MOMtor Monday – Families

Today is my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch.  Yeah!

Kathy and Melinda asked me to write this piece several months ago, and I immediately started stressing about it. I wrote and re-wrote the post endlessly in my head.  Writing about family issues isn’t easy, and I did NOT want to upset anyone in the process.  (Been there, done that.)

I finally submitted the post a few weeks back, and I’ve been on pins and needles ever since.  In full disclosure, I woke up at 4am this morning thinking about it.  I woke up from a nightmare and just couldn’t go back to sleep.  In my dream, every woman I’m related to was calling me and demanding to know if she was Edwina or Auntie Awesome Blossom.

Go check it out:  how to keep the peace with difficult relatives

Then leave me a comment telling me I’m amazing… because I am really really really insecure today.

the universe does not revolve around me





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Five Minute Friday – mess

Here we are, back at Five Minute Friday!  Today is the day I write for the sake of writing.  I love this day.

Today’s writing prompt is… MESS.

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MOMtor Monday – the blessing of a strong willed child

It’s my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch!

Go check it out!  the blessings of parenting a strong willed child

momtor monday strong willed

(Oh, and if you haven’t gotten the ultimate homemaking bundle yet… go grab it while you can. It’s worth it.)

To be honest, the timing could have been a little better.  Guest posts get written and submitted long before they are published (in this case about two weeks).  When I wrote the post, it was easy to see the blessings from raising two strong willed boys.  This morning… not so much.

Today was one of THOSE mornings.   It was the kind of morning that has me scrambling for my yelling journal because I have some things to write down.

This morning, we needed grace… like candy.   It was loud and messy and chaotic, even for a Monday morning.  It was everything my guest post was not. I felt like a fraud.

I strive for authenticity on my blog… for honesty even when it’s uncomfortable.  Raising strong willed boys isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.  It gets messy.  

It’s been a long time since I first locked horns with my son in a two-day long battle over peas.   That’s when I first learned the importance of picking my battles.

It’s been an even longer time since the whole hot dog incident that humbled me and taught me to see divine lessons in messy places.

But as I looked back at those stories (and the countless others too messy or too trivial to share) I began to see the bigger picture.

I could see how God uses those moments to draw me closer to Him and to help me grow.  I saw how the breakthrough moments leave my boys with teachable hearts… and how the lesson God has so recently engraved on MY heart is so easily taught in that moment.

I can see God’s wisdom in giving me boys who are every bit as strong willed as I am.

With that perspective, I’m able to see the blessing once again.






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Five Minute Friday – Friend

Here we are, back at Five Minute Friday!  Today is the day I write for the sake of writing.  After a long week of sick kids, a sick husband, post Easter candy craziness, a smart phone that is no longer smart, and some pure idiocy… it feels good to write.  It feels good to settle, however briefly, back into the routine of writing and blogging.

The truth is that I miss this.  On the days that I am silent, a small part of me shrivels inside. A tiny part of me knows that other stuff was deemed more important and resents being such a low priority. A part of me knows that when my life is so busy and hectic that I can’t hear my writing voice then things are very wrong indeed.

And so I keep a promise. I write.

Today’s writing prompt is… FRIEND.

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