Gracious Acceptance

Justin hit a deer on the way back from getting me a chai this morning. It was a baby. Justin is fine. The Jeep is fine and the deer ran off but he’s sure it ran off to die. I feel awful that my chai caused a deer to be mortally injured. And I am certain that my expensive Starbucks drink had extra bad ju ju in it because of all this. Not the stellar start to my Friday I had imagined… I had to pick Alex up at school for an orthodontist appointment this morning. My Fridays get filled … Read more…

Supermom

For five minutes this morning, I felt like Supermom. I was doing the single mom thing yesterday and today with Justin on a business trip and I don’t think I handle four kids on my own all that well. I find that I need some quiet time during the day with my thoughts to write and think and without it I feel a little cray-cray. So I spoiled myself at Target yesterday with two new books, a pair of boots I’ve been coveting and a late afternoon chai. (Can’t beat boots from Target – especially green boots from Target!) Spoiling … Read more…

I heart…

I haven’t done a list like this since 2012! But I’m kind of obsessed with lists of things people love. I think that’s why I love Pinterest so much. Actually, maybe I haven’t done a list like this lately because I’m constantly pinning things on Pinterest instead. Anyway, here’s a random assortment of things I love at the moment. I love The Lumineers. Their music is perfect for writing, driving in the car and just plain anything. Stubborn Love is the bomb. (Do people still say that?) Best book I’ve read lately that’s actually changed my life – Daring Greatly. … Read more…

Do you Nano?

November is an amazing and heartbreaking month for me for so many reasons. It’s a month filled with food, family and love. November looks yellow and sounds crispy. November is a month where my dreams are born and the month that I lost my dad. It’s a story I’ve told before and you can find it well documented on my blog. Three years ago on November 29th, my dad died. I can recall everything I did during November 2010. I remember the painful decision to call in hospice. I remember driving up to D.C. with my brother to make sure … Read more…

Right now

Right now, my brain is as stuffy as my nose. I’m scattered and trying to throw ideas down on paper and finish books and I can’t find my focus. I feel like I’m a kid who has eaten a dozen pieces of Halloween candy. And I am very in touch with children who have eaten too much candy and it’s not even Halloween yet! My head is crowded with “What does a fox say” and it’s seemingly on repeat. Between the re-runs of Duck Dynasty my high schooler watches and the World Series games I am forced to watch, my … Read more…

Three Words

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a Facebook post about three unrelated words that I had written that day. They were Bikram Yoga, Big Mac and sexual creature. I guess technically they were three phrases instead of three words but you get the idea. Anyway, a fellow author/blogger/editor saw my post and commented. She said, “This needs to be a new author law. Every day every author must list three random, unrelated words from their daily writing!” The wheels in my brain started turning and we started emailing each other. Before I knew it Colleen Albert and I created … Read more…

Dear Adam Levine

Dear Adam Levine, I was at your concert last night. You forgot to sign my t-shirt and pull me up on stage. No biggie, I know, like I really know in my heart, we will meet at a smaller venue at some point. And honestly, I didn’t want to share you with the 25,000 other people that were there. I want to sit and have coffee. We’ll talk. I get the impression you’re a thinker and kind of witty. We’ll talk about life and what it means to be an artist. I know your soul is in your music. Your … Read more…

My day job…teacher

I don’t talk about my day job much on my blog. I’m a teacher. This is my third year teaching preschool. Previously, I taught three year olds and this year I will be teaching four year olds. I worked in the corporate world in Chicago right out of college and decided that I really wanted to go back to school and get my teaching degree. So I piled on the loans for grad school and got my Master’s Degree in Education at DePaul University. My first job was teaching first graders in inner city Chicago. I loved it. But man, … Read more…

Worst Mother Ever

I can’t be the only one who gets called the Worst Mother Ever. At least I hope I’m not because it feels lonely enough when the words are hurled at you. They come flying across the room when I’m asking someone to do something like empty the dishwasher or when I’m forcing a teenager to go somewhere he would prefer not to go. This morning one child had more money in his baggie for Market Day at church camp. Apparently it was my fault and I was the “Worst Mama Ever!” The words are never thrown at me when I … Read more…