Category: parenting

From Rory to Lorelai

If I could only watch one TV show for the rest of my life, it would be the Gilmore Girls. No contest. I started watching it in the year 2000 when it aired. I was immediately hooked. I loved everything about it. The sarcasm. The quick banter. The bestie relationship between mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory. I imagined having…

Baller

Recently I signed my 14-year old daughter up for AAU basketball. Not familiar with AAU? AAU is a travel league that plays April through August. Anyone who signs up for this league knows that for 4 months of the year, it is your life. The tournaments. The driving. The practices. The driving. The excitement and the competition and the great…

Grateful

Yesterday morning I woke up to birds singing outside my window. Not something I normally hear in March, but I just assumed that God sent them airmail for my birthday. 44. Yikes. How did I get here? Wasn’t I just 24 like…yesterday? So many memories. Some good. Some…not so good. Let’s just call them lessons. I thought about 1997 me.…

Safe

In our house, Sundays in summertime are for playing. We spend our time outdoors…at the park, grilling out, or at the club pool. In the wintertime however, probably much like your family, we become pajama-clad sloths. We sleep late, lounge around until noon, and watch old-school cartoons like Garfield and The Smurfs. My 14-year old daughter sidles right up next to…

Foiled

I honestly never thought this is where I would be at age 43. From the time I was very young, I dreamed of opening an orphanage in India where I would save children from poverty and pestilence. That didn’t happen. (Not yet anyway.) Instead, now 20 years later, I am a warrior mom of two tweens, and my mission field…

Awkward

Last weekend Zion and I were at the grocery store. We had popped in for some produce and Cheez-its, and it was very busy. I immediately saw Zion’s anxiety begin to increase. He was chattering a million miles a minute, pointing out every item he loved along the way, commenting when anyone got within a 5 foot radius of us.…

Busy

Yesterday morning I was in full working mom grouch mode. I had just returned to the house from a very annoying breakfast “meeting,” and I was in a foul mood. Beyond foul. If you know me at all, you know this mood well. Lips pursed. Eyebrows furrowed. Cursing with my eyes. When I get like this the only things that…