Category Archives: Whoopsies & Growing Pains

About that word BRAVE

Everywhere,  we see the word brave. What is it, what does it mean? Everyone is sure they want to be it, the word is pure adrenaline and highlighted with a lovely shade of the coolness factor. We all want it because when we are brave, we allow the change in ourselves that is most certainly not […]

Exercising your TRUST muscle

Central Oregon flipped its switch from Spring to Summer about two weeks ago. It’s been warm and right now, we are getting drenched by rain that is falling so hard you would think the drops are in competition with who can get down to the ground the fastest. It’s one of those rain storms where […]

Six Notes on Life as a Parent

Kids are a necessity to life and a gift from God, even if they do wear us down to a nubbins! A few things I am learning and have learned about parenting! 1. I must hide while on the phone for longer then 2min. What I have found, is that pointing to the phone and […]

Tales of Cars and Driving Them

I think between My husband and I, we have owned 30+ cars. This count is starting when he was 16. I currently drive a 25 year old land cruiser. I have about three things I want in a car. Working windows aren’t completely necessary, but enjoyable. Its going to be fun to get pulled over by a […]

Moving and Stuff…

My feet hurt, my back is stiff and its ten at night. Its been a long day as a single mom and working non stop to do all those things you keep meaning to get done. Husband is out of town. The ceiling fan is whirling above and I am grateful for the peaceful wind […]

Passing the Blame with a Dirty Dish Rag

Out of my mouth, many mistakes are produced. In fact I think our mouths are factories for making mistakes! I really do not like making mistakes. I don’t think any of us really do, but some of us, have a harder time with our mouths. I think I don’t like talking as much as some, […]

Forget the HAM, let’s have Lasagna!

I think if there was a competition for the States worst communicator complemented by stubbornness, I might be 4th or 5th in the ranking. The Higher winners medals would go to (and I say this lovingly) a few of my immediate family members. I don’t know how many dumb arguments could have been prevented by […]

Putting Kids thru the car wash

I am often listening to my kids chatter as we do errands and go places. I say I “often” listen because, I can’t “always” listen, I have to drive and pay attention to whats going on around us for safety reasons and such. But, I often find something really amusing when I do listen to […]

Revisiting Teenager Territory

My oldest child is 12. Her name is Maggie. Maggie Elyse to be exact. Maggie was my nickname as a girl and I let my sister choose her middle name. (with my approval of course) She chose Elyse, which is the German form of Alice. Maggie fits her name. Maggie, is not like me in […]

The Day I Stopped Traffic

I was driving home just today alone. All my children allocated to various other trusted souls, and I was remembering a day I wish never happened. It was 15 minuets of fright and heartbeats beating at a high rate of speed. The month was September. The day was cloudy with high wind gusts. The year […]

Doctor Patches

I have come up with a new invention for humans to waste time and money on! There are patches for lots of different types of clubs out there, so how about we have patches for what we have survived thru? Instead of people having to ask about our health or knowledge, it could be right […]

The Incredibles – (at least in our own minds)

I have a magnet that says this: Remember we are a nice normal family. I love that magnet because it speaks truth for all of us! How many of us pretend we have no problems when we are around others? Or how many times do we wonder, is this normal? What is normal anyways? What […]

My Mental Miracle

I have had problems with depression and moodiness for as long as when I was a teenager maybe longer. I never realized I had an issue till I was about 23 years old. When I was at a doctors visit, my blood pressure reading was so bad, they had to re take it just to […]

Now That The Holidays are over…

I can relax. Holidays stress me out. Not so much Thanksgiving or New Years I guess, but Christmas. For me personally as a woman, I have a lot to be in charge of. Setting the mood for my nest, planning the menus, buying the food, making the food. Then there is who we want to […]

The Fridge Hold Up

I have always dreaded cleaning out the Fridge. I think I’ve finally figured out why. First of all, I’m always afraid of opening up something in a tupper-wear container and smelling something awful. (Like leaving it in there longer is going to petrify it so you can’t smell it any longer) You kind of just […]

Scent my attitude

I have always been effected by smell. Yea, I know, it effects everyone, but smell for me? Well, it literally will change my attitude! Or I allow it to anyways. I can be talking to someone with halitosis and I will literally envision my skin melting off my face. Its like they have a dead […]