In one week, my son will graduate high school. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this. For those of you who remember my stories about the Taz from my single mom days, I’m sure this is hard for you to believe, as well. He’s the youngest (and the tallest) in our blended family,... Continue Reading →
Hello out there!
I don't write much here anymore, but I still love this blog so much. It started at a time when my kids were young, and so was I. I was navigating the world of divorce at a time when my mid-20s felt ancient because while everyone my age was finishing college, hitting up the party... Continue Reading →
12 ways we keep our blended family marriage strong
My husband and I dated for a few years before we got married, living in separate households and reveling in the excitement of coming together every weekend. We’d both been married before, and were now living as divorced single parents. I longed for the time when we could finally blend our households and things could become much simpler. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.
10 Things I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self
With a household of young adults aged 15-20, I am in the final years of my hands-on parenting stage, and the empty nest is getting closer and closer. If I think too hard about this fact, I am liable to burst into tears. However, sometimes this revelation is a light in a tunnel of teenage... Continue Reading →
10 ways to unplug this weekend
This weekend, Petaluma is encouraging everyone to detach from their devices and join the community for some unplugged fun. From April 10-12, Petalumans will be out and about, enjoying picnics together, enjoying the waterfront, strolling downtown and more. There will also be plenty of unplugged events to choose from this weekend. On Friday, you can... Continue Reading →
Good friends and Prosecco
Every Tuesday, a group of friends and I hang out, taking part in a shared meal before settling in with a video series by Rob Bell, an emergent pastor with some simple, yet huge, ideas. Two months ago, many of the people in this group were strangers to me. But something happens when you spend... Continue Reading →
15 things I want my kids to know before they’re adults
A mom recently made a list of 44 things she wanted her kids to learn before they hit adulthood, which is something we should all think about as we're raising our own future adults. I know for me, there are certainly some major values and skills I want for their lives. So without further ado,... Continue Reading →
The argument for SAHMs, and against Amy Glass
This week, the blogging world exploded when Amy Glass blatantly put down stay at home moms (SAHMs) when she wrote a blog titled "I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry". Here are a few token quotes: "Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really... Continue Reading →
Taking control of your finances
I few months ago, I did Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey through my church. As a former single mom, I thought I knew pretty much everything I could about stretching my dollar. And I had a good start, but I was far from knowing everything (and I still have a lot of new-to-me ideas... Continue Reading →
The one where I’m unable to accept HELP.
My husband and I take part in a cooking team that makes meals for the Sunday service at our church. We only do it once a month, and it's admittedly a lot of fun. But it's also 4+ hours of hard work prepping, cooking, cleaning, setting up, serving, tearing down, cleaning more... You get the... Continue Reading →