Family Life

The Big C has arrived.

The Big C has arrived.

Yep, the Big C aka Cancer has entered our lives. Two weeks ago, I was worried that I could have breast cancer due to a suspicious-looking mammogram. Thankfully everything turned out fine. Fast forward to last Monday, my stepmom had an MRI to rule out […]

Welcome 2017!

Welcome 2017!

  As 2016 comes to a close, I can’t help but think all of the good and different times I’ve experienced this year. It has been a wonderful year full of ups and downs, highs and lows. As each year passes, each of us grow in ways […]

Being strong for my daughter

Being strong for my daughter

Recently, at our final IEP meeting for Kay, one of the IEP team members remarked about how strong I have been over the years. Of course, I just smiled and said thank you. I’ve heard this a few times during many of Kay’s trials and […]

Parenting a young adult with TBI

Parenting a young adult with TBI

When most people look at  Kay,  they see a typical 17 year old teenager, who is a Senior in high school. She’s a great kid  with a wicked funny personality . She loves history and is of a very curious nature. She also happens to […]

Confessions of an IEP Nazi

After 18 years of IEP meetings, transition tour meetings, emails and phone calls .. we are quickly nearing the end of our IEP journey. K graduates in May and there won’t be many more meetings that I have to attend for her. Actually, there is only 1 […]

The pressures of perfect parenting

Life is hard. It doesn’t matter whether you have kids or not, work at home, have a full-time job, etc. The parenting pressures that we, individually and as a society, that we put on ourselves are not necessary. With so many moms on Facebook, Instagram, and […]

Thinking of moving on..

We have lived in Small Town Iowa for almost 5 years now. I think our family has reached the point where we are ready to move on. (Well, except for the younger angsty teen. ) Our small town is great during the summer as there […]

A Motherless Mother’s Day

My mother was not a good mother when I was growing up, she had issues that were just more of a priority over her children. Luckily, I had the best grandmother in the world that filled that role during my childhood and adulthood.  She taught me […]

16 years

Last week, my husband and I recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. 16 years … hard to believe. Some days it seems like it hasn’t been 6 years and other days it feels that he’s been a part of my life forever. (that’s a good […]

My 2014 words – Adventure, Write and Love

Every year for the past few years , I’ve chosen a word or words to help guide me through that year. Sometimes the words are a perfect fit for what happens. Other times, the situations/circumstances that happen during the year that makes “my words” seem […]