Fun activity on a chilly day

What to do when you and the kids are stuck in the house?

Make a book maze, of course!

Choo-choo and I often made book mazes in the past, but he Continue reading “Fun activity on a chilly day”

About that weekend vacation… (Part 2)

So, you already know the first few days of last weekend, when Diesel, Choo-choo and I were on our last camping trip of the year. Here’s the rest of the story:

The Seriously Ugly:

Because I was sobbing, Choo-choo began sobbing. “Why are you crying, Mommy?” he asked between sobs. I couldn’t even answer him.

Sick child

It was such a big mess in that truck with me crying, Choo-choo crying, and Diesel silently fuming. Then Continue reading “About that weekend vacation… (Part 2)”

About that weekend vacation… (Part 1)

So, remember how I told you about the awful ending to our weekend? Well, here are all those details you wanted:

The Good:

Things started off well before we even left. Diesel had the whole trip planned out, which is a huge deal. I like having vacations scheduled to the hour or even minute. Diesel, on the other hand, is a free spirit when it comes to travel. He likes to be as spontaneous as possible. The fact that he had an activity planned for us every day of this trip was amazing!

With help from both of our parents, we were packed and ready in less time than normal. Nearly stress-free, too, which was Continue reading “About that weekend vacation… (Part 1)”

Welcome Wednesday

This is a first for me. I am welcoming a guest today. She is someone very dear to me who has asked to remain anonymous. You will all know her as Enid Carolena, a small, strong woman who is devoted to God. Before now, Enid Carolena had been too afraid to put words to her struggles. I hope you give her the same grace you give me. Without further ado, here is Enid Carolena’s story: Continue reading “Welcome Wednesday”

End of the weekend update

So, Diesel, Choo-choo, and I returned home from our last camping trip of the year a few short hours ago now. I’m too tired to give details just yet, but I can say Continue reading “End of the weekend update”

Talking to ourselves

One of the women at the retreat, whom I’ll call Willow, said something early that morning that was so unquestionably profound. She was telling us a story about this phrase she tells her children, a phrase she realized we should all say to ourselves. Continue reading “Talking to ourselves”

Me too

I’m sure most of you have seen the #metoo trend growing on social media. I really hate to call it a “trend” as it is about so much more than doing what everyone else is doing. It is about recognizing and accepting how many women, men, girls, and boys have been sexually harassed or assaulted.


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with what my very first boyfriend Vader did to me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just him. Continue reading “Me too”