Navigating New Pathways

Sometimes we have to evaluate where we are and forge new roads. Starting over may not be necessary, but just making some adjustments may be helpful. Last week I told y’all about my dislike of New Year Resolutions. So I’m not going to now give you some to follow. It is a good idea, as the Parent of Adult Children (PAC), though, to start parenting intentionally, as our children grow into adults. One of my favorite parenting lessons, by Bob Hostetler of Focus on the Family, was when my oldest was going into junior high. He discussed how parenting can […]

What’s your word for the New Year?

Back before it was “cool”, my pastor discussed choosing a word to focus on each year, rather than New Years’ resolutions. Because I am terrible at keeping resolutions, I decided on Brave for that year. It was an appropriate one for that season.  My oldest was heading away to college, my middle was heading into high school, and we were changing schools after thirteen years in one place.  I’ve mentioned before that that was the year that I took a photography class online and a writing class nearby. I rocked it!  The next year’s was Intentional.  Yeah, that one didn’t […]

Here’s to the First Responders!

Just interrupting my self-imposed break from blogging to give a quick shout-out to the first responders and healthcare personnel everywhere… For the long shift full of sick people when you should be home wrapping presents… For the hastily grabbed “lunch” of Christmas cookies and fudge from the anesthesia team when you need protein to finish this day… For the cheesy hospital Santa picture with your kids because that is all you had time for this year… For the hospital coffee on cold mornings after an early morning emergency run… For the crappy schedule this year – working Christmas Eve AND […]

Cheater, Cheater!

As promised last week, today I am just recycling old Instagram and FB posts from previous years. Remember the old Saturday Night Live piece called “Deep Thoughts”? (Hilarious, and usually by Dana Garvey 😂). That will be some of these – others are truly IMPORTANT. Said with a self-important leer… Anyway, enjoy! The next two weeks, we will be enjoying some much-needed family time (last long holiday before the Oldest is a “working man” and the Middle is off to college!) Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

No More Santa – Yahoo or Boohoo?

Thank the good Lord above my boys weren’t littles when Elf on the Shelf became a thing! I was doing good to get Christmas cards out back then. We had other traditions, though, that were more suitable for younger children.. Cookies for Santa, the Christmas train at the mall, pictures with Santa, and on and on. No wonder we get so tired this time of year… (And no more Christmas cards, except for the folks who don’t get on the “interwebs”!) Now that they are older, there is no way my strapping big fellas will sit on Santa’s lap or […]