It All Matters (and other life lessons from the Texas Rangers)

Tired of the daily grind? Think no one really notices if you finish the dishes or the laundry or change another diaper? Feel like all the little stuff is just pointless? Well, I want to encourage you that it all matters. On Sunday, the Texas … [Read More...]

How to Harness the Power of an Hour

One thing I've learned as a mom is how precious time is -- and how quickly it goes by (except, of course, between the hours of 3pm and 5pm!). If I ever get some free time, I want to make the most of it -- even though the temptation is great to spend … [Read More...]

You are their Super Mom

I am not much of a singer (I mean, I'm really, really bad)...but despite the fact that I can't carry a tune in a bucket, I get to give a concert to one adoring little fan every single night before bedtime. And most nights, he demands encore after … [Read More...]

From Vent to Victory…

So I could go on and on about all the things my husband does well (he’s pretty awesome!), but one thing he struggles with is listening to me vent. He either: a) tries to finish my sentences or b) tries to figure out a solution before giving me … [Read More...]

Baby Steps Still Move You Forward

This morning, my children woke up asking for waffles (I may have mentioned that just happens to be the one item I've mastered in the kitchen) -- and so I happily obliged. As I prepared to plate my first waffle, I headed into the pantry to get the … [Read More...]

Why the tough questions are the good ones…

My kids have been throwing some pretty tough questions at me lately – along the lines of “Who created God?” and “But how did I get in your tummy?” And while I will admit to doing my fair share of question-dodging at times, I have found that these … [Read More...]

One of my life’s great mysteries: laundry

Now I feel bad saying that laundry is the bane of my existence, but it would actually be an understatement. With four kids who either play a lot of sports (which means uniforms and messy practice gear) or just like to get dirty (my little guy can go … [Read More...]

It’s Never Too Early to Stress About Christmas…

So I know that it’s a little early to start talking about Christmas, but I was in the store the other day and they already have Christmas decorations for sale, so I figured this would be okay! Now, as a biased mom, I think that all of my children are … [Read More...]

By Myself, By Myself

We love to laugh when we remember my daughter (at about 18 months of age) running around the middle of our living room, chanting: "By myself! By myself!" It was as if she was declaring her own rally cry -- she was ready (and still is!) to take on the … [Read More...]

Happy National Daughter’s Day!

I have to admit -- I'm actually a fan of all of the made up holidays...I think it's fun to have a reason to celebrate any day of the year! After a quick peak on Facebook, it appears that today is "National Daughter's Day" -- so I thought it would be … [Read More...]

How to Complain

Lately, it seems like I've been on the giving and receiving end of a lot of complaining! And let me just tell you, I've learned that some of those complaints are much more effective than others. Which ones fail? Which ones succeed? Here's what I've … [Read More...]

Ready for Fall!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to brag on one of my favorite people in the world -- my mom! She is visiting with us right now (yay!), and last night (after a long day), she snuck away to Hobby Lobby and then came back and got our house all … [Read More...]

When they strikeout…

There is pure joy when your child is up to bat and they square their shoulders and swing with all their might – and you hear the crack of the bat as they connect with the ball! A big hit! A game-winning run! There is so much excitement in little … [Read More...]

What’s That?

That’s my toddler’s new favorite question: "What’s that?" If he hears something that he doesn’t instantly recognize, he freezes and looks up at me and asks: “What’s that?” And then he listens as I explain. The other day, we were at one of his big … [Read More...]

When You Miss a Day

There comes a time during every major life pursuit -- during every goal you are trying to attain -- when you will mess up. You might miss a workout or eat that third slice of pizza or, you know, forget to blog on the 19th day of a 30 day … [Read More...]

You Never Know…

I would be willing to bet, if I asked my oldest son 100 times if he wanted to sit down and color with me, he would answer "no" 99 times. But today, he said yes! My children had early release from school, and so we had a little bit of "bonus" time … [Read More...]

Be Each Other’s Biggest Fans

When I was growing up, I didn't actually realize you could play sports until about fifth grade. (Our family joke is that I was too busy reading to care about much else.) But in fifth grade, I joined a little league basketball team and went on to … [Read More...]

Mom’s Night Out – Book Club Style!

So I had the best time last night attending a "Richardson Reads One Book" event as my first meeting with a new book club! (Thanks again, Lindsay, for inviting me!) I had such a fun time -- from hearing the author speak, to meeting some new mom … [Read More...]

Baking with Inspiration!

I was incredibly excited to see that one of my heroes, the Pioneer Woman, has recently launched her own line of cookware and bakeware (and more!) through Walmart. How neat is that? She inspires me because she has become such a tremendous success … [Read More...]


The Beauty of Erasers

Recently, I was helping my oldest son work on a book report for school. After he wrote a section, I would review it for any spelling or grammatical errors. As I read, I realized that (just like his dad) my son is super smart in fact that … [Read More...]

Tomorrow is a new day!

As I wrap up this week and look ahead to the next, I can't help but be a bit discouraged. I did not do great on my healthy eating plan...I did not do great on my exercise goals...I didn't finish editing the story I've been working on...and I could go … [Read More...]

Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide to Banana Bread

As I've mentioned before, the kitchen is not my area of strength, but I still want to provide delicious and memorable meals for my family! A recipe for me must meet a few criteria: it needs to involve simple and easy to manage ingredients, it needs … [Read More...]

How September 11th Changed Me

My experience on September 11, 2001 was by no means noteworthy and it pales dramatically in comparison to the incomprehensible tragedy and despair that fell upon so many people that day. Nonetheless, when I think back to what occurred, I am always … [Read More...]

Bringing the Beach Home…

Ever since we took a memory-filled RV trip to Destin beach in Florida a few years ago, I have been in love with the ocean. Nothing seems to bother me when I’m there…not the ever-present sand that seems to permeate everything, not the grimy saltwater … [Read More...]

Relax Like It’s 1989 – Adult Coloring Books!

So if you’ve been in a bookstore lately or skimmed through the bestsellers list on, you may have noticed an interesting new trend. I must admit, I was a little nervous when I first heard the phrase “adult coloring book” and my husband did … [Read More...]

Tell ‘Em Anyway…

This morning, after I dropped off my youngest at Mother’s Day Out (and I was feeling very emotional – I know it’s good for him and good for me, but it’s still hard!), I started thinking about all of my children. I was thinking about the nice way that … [Read More...]

Learning to Listen

I know I’ve done this a hundred times…I’ve spent all day (sometimes all week!) immersed in conversations with my children. And these are good talks, ones that I cherish, but they are all one-sided. And that’s not to say that my kids don’t ask me … [Read More...]

Mistakes and Motherhood

I'm not sure why, but when I became a mom, I somehow believed that I wouldn't make mistakes anymore. When you become a mom, you are supposed to graduate immediately into that next level of adulthood -- selfish tendencies, lazy dreams, and me-focused … [Read More...]

The Solution for Magazine Lovers Like Me…

Just wanted to share one of my “Favorite Finds” with you… I have always, always loved to read, and one of my biggest “guilty pleasures” is enjoying a good magazine whenever I have the chance. In fact, one of the sweetest gifts I ever received was … [Read More...]

Celebrate their Successes

Just a reminder to celebrate their successes today! Sometimes, life gets so busy that it feels like we are just rushing from one thing to the next with no time to slow down and appreciate the little things. Today, I got a good reminder that we … [Read More...]