Category Archives: Finding a Balance

A Good Reminder

celebrate differences strengthen families

I passed by the local junior high school and saw their marquee emblazoned with the words Celebrate Differences Create Balance Strengthen Community When I read them, I immediately changed the words and thereby changed the meaning: Celebrate Differences Create Balance … Continue reading

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Take a deep breath
book: Mitten Strings for God

alarm on phone reminds me to breathe

My dear sister-in-law gave me a book a while ago titled Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison. Being almost as busy as you are, I’ve been reading small bites of the book, which … Continue reading

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Continuing the Attitude of Gratitude

I hope that all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I loved the chance to reflect on all of my wonderful blessings. It filled me and lifted me. How quickly, however, the feeling of gratitude can so easily be … Continue reading

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Fabulous Family Fun

I love family. Not just mine but the entire concept of family. Despite all its craziness, it’s the perfect environment for growth. Where else can imperfect people learn the skills to become great? (patience, forgiveness, listening, understanding, compassion, selflessness, and … Continue reading

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Free Babysitting

Over the years I’ve found that one of my hardest challenges during the school year is finding babysitters during the day for my younger kids. My regular sitters are, of course, in school themselves and I feel bad always asking … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Olympics, Moms, and Greatness

even the Olympics are as great as you can be

Watching the opening ceremonies and the first events of the Olympics has been inspiring. One of my favorite moments was the clip with the Queen and her arrival into the stadium by parachute. I liked her stoicism and hearing that … Continue reading

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Summer Piano (or any instrument) Program

My kids take piano lessons and I teach piano lessons. But, as our school year is coming to a close, all of us are becoming less motivated to have piano lessons over the summer. Together, we came up with a … Continue reading

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A High School Grad
Don’t You Wish You Were ’1 2 ?!

high school seniors walk onto field for graduation

I’ve been seeing that around lately. I can honestly say I do not wish I were a 2012 high school graduate, but I am really happy with the fact that I have one. Can you pick him out? That’s my … Continue reading

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The Cost of Childhood: A Lesson in Perspective

Has this ever happened in your home? Your child does something they are SO proud of and you respond with “How could you use all the ______?” or “Honey, you just wasted all those ______.” or “Please be more careful! … Continue reading

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Everybody Needs A Time Out

My day starts off in a run. Wake up the kids. Make the pancakes. Pack the lunches. Sit down for breakfast. Pacifier in the babies mouth. Sit down again. Make more juice. Sit down again. Two bites in my mouth. … Continue reading

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