Daughters

As a mom of 5 kids I have learned that I still have tons to learn. But along this path of motherhood some of my greatest lessons have been taught to me by the very children I try to teach. Lately, I’ve been thinking particularly about my daughters. One thing that all women have in…

Not Letting Go

Yesterday was a day of adventure and misadventure. It was be-au-ti-ful! in SC in the early part of the day. The kids were sitting around playing on their devices and hubby and I decided they needed to get out of the house. We dragged the bikes out of the garage and pumped up the tires…

Shredding the Label

I love glass jars. I like to reuse them over and over. I will buy something like a jar of spaghetti sauce, use the sauce, shred the label on the jar, wash it and use it again. When you reuse a glass jar, you can see that there is an old label there that no…

The Modern Day Proverbs 31 Woman

When I was growing up, every Mother’s Day the preacher would pull out a sermon on Proverbs 31 to remind us all how a “real woman” were supposed to act and be.  I don’t recall similar sermons on Father’s Day about how men should behave…but let me keep moving. I’m going to make a confession…

The Quirky Kid’s Guide to Eternity

As most of you know, my oldest daughter is profoundly Autistic and I often share lessons we learn from our journey as her parents.  Something I do not talk about very often, however, is that my only son, my 15-year-old firstborn, has Asperger Syndrome.  Although there are some similarities with their conditions from time to…

Too Much and Not Enough

Last night Cadence had a complete meltdown.  Screaming, smacking her head with her fists, crying, the whole bit.  When these things happen, my other kids run to the hills. Especially my youngest girls.  They go and hide in their rooms or under the kitchen table.  It scares them.  And truthfully, it scares me.  Cadence is…

I Didn’t Know

Two years ago I wrote my first blog post, because of my daughter Cadence.  She has shown us first hand the challenges of living with Autism (challenging for her, our other children and ourselves) but I started writing this blog because I wanted to offer hope to others.  I have been honest about some of…

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry.  I know a thing or two about it.  I have brothers – one a twin.  I have 5 kids.  I’ve seen my share.  There are days when my kids are so sweet to each other.  And then there are days like we’ve had lately.  I had to take a kid to the eye…

To All the Single Parents

My husband was recently on a trip out of the country for 2 weeks.  In the meanwhile, I was home with 5 kids trying to keep the wheels on this bus moving.  With or without him there was still school to get to, homework to be done, Girl Scouts and soccer practice.  There was still…

Mom’s Tool Box: Post-it Note #152

There’s a tool box at our house that gets a fair amount of use.  There’s always a broken toy, batteries to install and things to be assembled around here.  Along with all the typical tools, the box contains an industrial staple gun, duct tape, some bungee cords and a couple of kinds of glues . …

The Here and Now: Post-it Note #137

I went to Wal-mart yesterday.  The Saturday before Christmas at a Wal-mart with 3 of my kids, one of those Cadence.  She drives a shopping cart like it’s the Daytona 500.  I had to be crazy.  But then I saw the Valentine candy on the shelf and knew the whole world had gone mad. I…

I Used Your Kisses: Post-it Note #136

My 7-year-old has a fearful spirit.  She’s a classic tomboy so she’s not afraid of activities, new things and a challenge, but she’s afraid of being in a room alone and of the dark.  A few nights ago she came to me at bedtime and didn’t want to go to bed.  I asked what she…