Did I Do Too Much for Them?

As mothers, we second guess ourselves and the choices we make all of the time. Since these children don't come with owner's manuals or anything remotely close to that, we sort of "wing it" and combine our gut instincts with the way that we were brought up and what we admired from parental examples we…

Don’t Touch Me (Breaking Silence)

I have a good friend in Canada who is seemingly my younger twin. She's also got 5 kids and loves to write...although, Nuala Reilly is published and I'm still aspiring to be. We both blog and we are both passionate about fighting back against this "rape culture" for the betterment of our daughters and sons. I've…

Overbooking and Aging

I'm not really old. But I'm no Spring chicken, either. And for those of us who have been in the "over achiever" category all our lives, this whole aging thing is just ass-kicking. No, not a little tiring. I mean, beat-down with a baseball bat, friggin' leaving you taking 3-hour naps in the middle of…

Now That I Can Breathe Without Tears

This was my post on Facebook the day following the tragic and brutal assassination of five police officers just 20 miles east of me in Dallas. I thought I would share it here and then expand: "I spent the better part of last night with my ear glued to the radio. I feel like a…

Bad-Assery in the Metro

"Thanks for going shopping with me, Randa." "You're welcome." "Got your seat belt on?" "Yes, ma'am." "Should we take the highway home or the slow way?" "It's drive faster." "Okay. Highway it is. Should we listen to the radio?" "Yes." **Turn on radio and Nickelback is playing.** "Mommy, this sucks." **Change to a rock station…

It’s Gotta Be the Heat

I've got at least four blog posts saved to draft. They all started out as good subjects to write about, but somewhere around the third paragraph each lost steam so I just chucked them into the draft folder. I hate that. I know that I'm notorious for starting projects and not finishing them for a…

You’re Welcome

So the high school bus shows up today and only 2 of the 3 kids who were supposed to be on it, got down. I received a phone call from an unknown number just as the bus pulled away. He:  Mom? It's me. Me: Yeah? Let me guess. You missed the bus. He: I did.…

Starry Night Prom 2016

It's that time of year again! That's right. It's Prom Season. And the Starry Night Prom 2016 is coming up on us....fast! "What's the Starry Night Prom?" you ask. Let me tell you by including part of our Starry Night Prom donations request letter: "The Starry Night Prom started in 2008 with a vision to…

Finding Ismail

Finding IsmailEveryone goes through that pre-teen/teenager search time in his or her life. Some earlier than others. My third child, Ismail, is ten years old. AndI'm a little confused as to why HE is hanging out in the "personality fitting room" of life instead of his 14 year old brother. I mean, I expect my teenagerto be trying on…