Learning to Love the Skin You are in

Birthday 35

 "We just get better looking with age" –Diane “The older the better” –Edith My daughter Jane has always been small for her age.  We don’t usually notice her size because her personality fills the room. But when she stands next to her peers, it is apparent that she is unusually small.  She plays on her school basketball team and nearly drowns in her uniform.  Last Thursday she brought home the new team warm-up suit I paid $40 for.  Although it was an XS, it looked much too big.  When she put it … [Read more...]

A Case for Serenity

a case for serenity

For every problem under the sun, There is a solution or there is none. If there’s a solution go and find it. If there isn’t, never mind it. During this past year, I have thought a lot about my weaknesses.  For instance, I have the inclination to hide in the garage and eat a bag of Twix Minis, not that I have done that recently or anything.  I have also seen in myself a tendency to judge others based on my own insecurities.  One of my most tenacious flaws, however, is to worry too much about … [Read more...]

The Magic of Real Intent

The Magic of Real Intent

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao-tzu One year ago this very week, I took a single step and commenced a journey of change. Life itself is a journey of change, but at this moment I realized that I must consciously and earnestly pursue change.  All change occurs from within.  I began the journey of changing my life, my attitude, my heart from the inside out. Before this moment, I had accomplished a lot, earning academic degrees, marrying a wonderful man and … [Read more...]

Coping with Disappointment

Coping with Disappointment

I encourage my kids to enter every contest that comes along.  It gives them a reason to stretch themselves and use their imagination and creativity.   It seems like school is so focused on bare bones academics these days.  I jump at the chance to help my kids develop some of their more right brain talents. And it improves their self-confidence.  They don't always win, but each of them has won something. This was Eve's first big win. Six of my kids entered a Halloween Coloring Contest. … [Read more...]

The Individual is the Heart of Value

heart of value

What I learned this Halloween ... Life can be stressful with eight children, especially around Halloween. Coming up with eight different costumes gives me a headache.  The way I deal with the stress is by complete avoidance.  I don't even want to talk about costumes until the day of Halloween.  And then, I just pull out the dress-up.  At least three of my children would really appreciate doing something a little more special.  Nevertheless, they know that their mother can't/won't/doesn't do … [Read more...]