I went to the dentist this week. I’m a grinder – not just the ‘grind at night’ type, but the all day, every day grinder. It’s a method of coping with stress and anxiety that is apparently causing significant harm to my teeth! The dentist bugged me for years to get a mouth guard, and I finally decided to go for it. I took time out from my busy day to have an impression made. (I’m grinding my teeth right now just thinking about it…) Continue reading
I am blessed with amazing friends and family who love and support me – even though I am often stubborn and too independent! One dear friend stepped it up this week. She is a very busy mom struggling to balance life, yet took the time to deliver lunch to me on Friday. I enjoyed a spread of goodies from Panera, and got a tight hug in the middle of a chaotic day! To top it off, this friend agreed to be a guest writer for my weekly blog! I am thankful for one less thing on the “to do” list today, and am very excited to share her words. Her message is raw and sincere and inspiring… Enjoy!! Continue reading
My 9-year-old made a New Year’s Resolution: he would write in a journal every day. We sat together on his bed a couple of nights ago, and he showed me what he had written so far; little stories about his day, a note about a math test, frustration over a playground argument. I’m not sure where this sudden urge to write came from, but he seemed pleased with himself and eager to share. Continue reading
Lately, I have done a ton of reading and writing. Unfortunately, it has been writing and reviewing lengthy memos explaining complicated transactions, their required accounting policies and references to the accounting standards which support them. (Very exciting stuff!) Continue reading
My daughter made this graham cracker “gingerbread” church last week. It was a work of art! She beamed with pride when people at church asked about her creation. She was eager to show her project to her grandparents. We carefully took it home and displayed it in the center of the dining room table.
As I set it down, I was confident it was outside the reach of the dogs. However, on the following morning I heard my husband gasp loudly, followed by a scolding of our two dogs (now cowering in a corner); and I realized that I had, sadly, been mistaken. The dogs could, in fact, reach the graham cracker church, and did desire to eat the hard, dried-out frosting and gumdrops! The structure was gone, with not a crumb remaining; just a sad, empty paper plate! Continue reading
My little family spent a few hours of our Saturday – this first Saturday in December – maneuvering the crowds and overflowing aisles at local stores. We purchased gifts for families and kids we had adopted, with the strict rule that we would not shop for ourselves! The goal, of course, to focus on needs of others instead of our own wants. Continue reading
How much energy do we lose angry at others? We’ve had a rough weekend dealing with an unfortunate reality in a dear friend’s life; a reality which has caused suffering for years and is hitting new levels of grief caused by the terrible decisions and actions of another person. In the midst of maneuvering reality, we have lost so much energy in anger! We handle the very real consequences one person’s actions have created, yet anger boils inside wanting to get out and attack! Continue reading