• Health,  Life,  Love,  Parenting,  poem,  Running,  Writing

    Mending A Broken Heart

      Good morning, everyone. How have you all been doing? I have been doing great actually, for the most part. 🙂 I know it’s been a bit since I’ve written on here but mostly because I’ve been doing more writing offline than on. Usually when I write I post whatever I’ve written almost immediately but that’s brought me to a point where everything new is being posted. That makes it hard to come up with new material that you haven’t seen that might go into a book. And it looks like I may be getting to the point where I have an actual book of my very own poetry to…

  • #BeReal,  Blog,  Parenting

    It Takes a Big Man…

    It takes a lot to admit you’re wrong, but it takes even more to admit to your faults. One of mine is that I am very sensitive to being told I’m not responsible or that I am a bad parent. Don’t tell me I’m either because unless you are around me and my kids 100% of the time you have no idea whether I am a good parent or not, or if I’m completely irresponsible. If you see one moment out of thousands of moments, does that even give you the right to judge me on it? Maybe. Maybe not. But what if you are around me and my kids…

  • 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion,  Compassion,  Parenting

    Punishing, Not Celebrating, Teen Pregnancy? Huh?

    There was a little debate on my Facebook feed yesterday that stopped me in my tracks and, once again, forced me to question people’s compassion. I try to stay out of Facebook drama because, seriously, I have enough in my own life. However, having had a little experience in the area of the subject in question I couldn’t just stand by and not let my voice be heard. The subject was fairly simple, or so I thought, but it turned out to be more complicated than that. The subject was “Should a baby shower be thrown for a teen expecting a baby?” The reason it was complicated is because the…

  • Blog,  Parenting

    Coming of Age

    His clothes were laid neatly in the back of the SUV, along with two large packages of toilet paper, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, the pillows from his bed, and several large plastic bins containing as much of his life as he dared to take with him. The rest he left in his room at home. He was beginning a new life with bits and pieces from the old. He’d been waiting for this moment for an eternity, but it’d help if he could push forever off just one more day. Balancing precariously on the line between the past and the future, he takes a deep breath and crosses…

  • Parenting

    What’s Happened to Children’s Programming?

    I’m writing today from my dining room table where I have a gorgeous view of my backyard where the sun is shining, briefly, today. We had some strong storms last night and rain in the forecast for the next week. Incredibly, the next forecasted sunny day happens to be my birthday. Thank you to whomever scheduled that. I will truly appreciate the gift. From this spot at the table, I also have a perfect view of the television where Tornado is currently watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Jr. It’s one of those programs I don’t mind him watching, and he loves it. It’s not his favorite, mind you, but…

  • Blog,  Parenting,  Random

    The Texas Blizzard

    Yes, you read that title correctly. Not that it was an actual blizzard but last night North Central Texas was pounded with sleet and heavy snows. Within 30 minutes we went from sleet to a half inch of powdery white stuff. It really did look like someone had put frosting all over everything and then sprinkled shredded coconut on it. It was absolutely gorgeous. I was so excited about it that I stayed up late just watching the snow fall. I don’t know why but watching snow fall makes me happy. Yep, that’s me, the Snow Queen. I went outside when it first started coming down and within five minutes…

  • Blog,  Parenting

    Put It Down, Save A Life

    Warning: Post contains a fairly graphic video which I found hard to watch. Please do not watch if you have a sensitivity to blood or even fake blood. I want you to watch this video. It is important. My eldest son whose poem I put up a few nights ago goes to school in the district I graduated from-Mansfield Independent School District. MISD has this program for the juniors and seniors of all the high schools in their area called the Put It Down, Save A Life program. (You can find out more about the program here.) This program is designed to show real-life consequences of texting/drinking while driving. But…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Parenting

    Hello, November

    Last night was Halloween here in the States. Actually, does any other country celebrate Halloween besides Mexico with Dias de los Muertos? Who else sends their children out one night a year to go to stranger’s houses to accept candy and treats? But it’s so much fun to dress up and pretend to be someone, or something, else, isn’t it? The neighborhood we live in is great. The neighbors really go out of their way to make it special for the kids, and one family do a haunted house every year. You can go through their home and partake of the Halloween fun. Plus, this neighborhood is really safe. We’re…

  • Holidays,  Life,  Parenting

    What Do You Think?

    Happy Wednesday everyone! Well, Lunatics, what do you think of the new look? I’ve been working hard to get everything working correctly and looking how I want it to look. I love the casual-ness of it. Post-Its, spirals, pens…all these things that writers use. I thought it was a neat idea. Anyway, I hope you are getting used to it. I know I am still won over by the novelty of it. At some point down the road I know I’ll want a more polished, professional look but for now, this works for me. Yesterday, Jack, the Tornado, and I spent the afternoon over at my friend Amber’s (For Love…

  • Love,  Parenting,  Thoughts

    How Did I Get Talked Into This?

    Tonight I get to chaperone a bunch of teens, sort of. Mostly, I’ll be sitting at a table in a ballroom of a local hotel watching kids dance, parents watching their kids dance, and refilling candy bowls. I will be the only parent there without a kid at this event. It’s the local high school band banquet, and because my eldest son attended this school last year and I signed up to volunteer before he moved to his dad’s last summer, I will be helping out. In a formal dress, because it’s a formal event. Think prom for band geeks. Fortunately, my dress is short so I won’t have to…