“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” -Roy L. Smith- As Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we might spread the joy of Christmas. It’s important to remember the little things really do matter; after all, they are the … More Sharing the Spirit of Christmas
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy I love this time of year! Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Time to cook a nice meal with all my favorite Southern fixins’–cornbread stuffing and fried turkey here … More Words Crush Wednesday: On Gratitude, Please Help Me Pay it Forward
“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” -Dan Lipinski- Yesterday our family was honored to celebrate my husband’s 24 years … More Veterans Day: Remember the Families
I’ve been a bit quiet lately; forgive me, this mommyship took sail to Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, a small fishing/resort city on the Sea of Cortez. While it’s also known for its dune-backed Sandy Beach and Bahía la Choya’s tidal pools. Donna’s family might also tell you it’s perfect for swimming, seashell … More Rocky Point, Mexico: An Invite to Family Traditions
Recently, I was visiting a friend in New Mexico; it’s Chile roasting time you know and Hatch, New Mexico is known for its famous Green Chile. You cannot replicate the amazing aroma that delicately covers the air this time of year–it’s an utter kick of roasted spiciness; you might say it’s pepper heaven. If you … More Is Your Teen Keen on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
I hope we take time to pause from our day and reflect on all the lives lost, the families who cannot hug their loved ones and be thankful for our freedoms. I hope we also reflect that during this time we were simply Americans with open hearts. Let us not let a tragedy like this … More Remembering 9/11
While serving in the military, it’s no secret to service members that you don’t really get to “choose” where you live. You get your marching orders and you go. Sometimes these locations are not exactly desirable, but accepting that notion can really impact your happiness. So you cannot be a happy leader, happy mama, or … More Beyond the Front Porch: How Exploring Where You Live Strengthens You!
As the Olympics is in full gear and our amazing teams are doing well, we might consider the challenges these athletes face on a day-to-day basis. We know they should encounter trials like new skills, competing against a team that provokes their very best, and of course balancing school along with long practices hours–but these … More 5 Ideas to Promote Kindness in Kid’s Sports
You’ve done it! You’ve accomplished the difficult task of becoming a college graduate, but now what? The parties are over. Your diploma is hopefully framed by now, and the final thank you cards are sent. But alas, here you are and that degree just hasn’t secured your dream job. Well…let’s not declare defeat just yet. In … More Crave The Day: You’ve Graduated…Now what?!
Gymnastics is a funny sport. I’m not sure funny is an accurate depiction of how I should describe its challenges, but what I mean to say is it’s unpredictable. It places you under the hawk like eyes of judges–not to mention–the grueling expectations of coaches. So why on earth would I put my daughter in … More Raising Strong Kids