• Charlotte

    Saving Yourself: In Trauma

    I Can’t, I Just Can’t… One bag of peanut M&Ms, a large Diet Coke, half a bag of chips and salsa, a handful of ibuprofen, and I think we hit about 8:15 AM! Waaaaaaahhhhh, I can’t, I just can’t today. Floor covered in broken, stomped on, and more than likely half chewed cereal, spilled juice that’s starting to turn into sweet glue, a smell that seems to be radiating from my unclean body, and a toddler who is 3 hours late for his nap! I can’t, I just can’t today.   If your days are just as hectic and crazy and disheartening and painful then maybe you can relate to…

  • Amy

    Mary Poppins Visits the Urgent Care

    *This is a little throwback post from 2010…   5 visits to the Urgent Care in the past year have me thinking…they really should come up with a better name for that place. I have a few suggestions…Doc’s-not-in-a-hurry-care. Waiting-room-care. Let’s-keep-that-mom-in-panic-mode-care. Or my personal favorite…entertain-your-2 year-old-in-an-exam-room-for-3-hours-care. That last one’s coming from personal experience, don’t you know.  Ellie and I spent Friday night in exam room #5. Just us and the contents of my ill-prepared purse. I know, I know…what in heaven’s name is a mom of 5 doing out in public minus her magic bag?! No one wonders that as much as i did on Friday night. First we counted cars…

  • Jill

    State Inspired String Art

    I was put in charge of a craft activity for about 40 women. When I was trying to find something fun and cute to do, I kept coming across all of these super cute string art ideas. I also noticed that state decor is all the rage. I thought why not combine them both?!? So this is what I came up with. I live in Idaho so we did Idaho string art, but you can adapt this to whatever state you live in! I’m going to use the great state of Texas in my tutorial because my good friend Sunny lives there and it was her birthday so I will…

  • Sunny

    Vacation pre-jitters and post-reality

    Pre-Vacay My nails are pale pink with perfectly set sparkles throughout. For my toes, I chose bright pink to match one of the 5 swimsuits I plan to wear. I started laser hair removal months ago so that I wouldn’t have to worry about any irritating issues while living in those suits.  New sunglasses and new clothes, perfect for any activity I could dream up while away. I planned my last hair appointment so the gray that so inconveniently pops up around my face would have no chance of being a bother. Hormones are in check and my monthly lady friend is scarce these days, thanks to a procedure I had…

  • Charlotte

    5 Sayings You Need Everyday

    When pain and frustration hang around like that extra 10 pounds you just can’t get rid of, take heart, that’s why God gave us memes and graphic t-shirts and wooden plaques! Each message filled with soul stinging, truth telling, belly laughing sayings and quotes that help us take one more step. Here are 5 of my favorites: I CAN’T ADULT TODAY Because let’s be real, none of us knew what we were wishing for when we were 15 years old, yearning for the second we would turn 18 and we could be adults and finally make all our own decisions, free of parent tyranny (bwahahaha). Being the “Adult” is not…

  • Amy

    Have a glass of chocolate milk, June Cleaver

    I do not profess to be the best house cleaner you ever met on the internet. I mostly run my household by the saying “Clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy”…cover of “Better Homes and Gardens”  meets “Cheaper by the Dozen”. That is what I aspire to. (Did I just give the impression that I’m a slob? Because I’m totally not a slob…I just have 7 people living in one house and like every mother knows, there is a revolving “to do” list that just carries over from day to day to day to day. At my house, things like the baseboards and tile grout and…

  • Jill

    New Adventures

    Two years ago we decided to purchase 5 acres of land up a canyon, in the mountains outside of the city we live in.  My husband has been wanting to do this forever. Me, being as city girl as they come, had been pumping the brakes, trying to convince him our kids needed to live in a neighborhood with kids all around them. Well some land fell into our lap. The perfect land. Something that we had been looking for, but something you never find around here. We are at the bottom of the canyon so still close to the city. This was a must because my kids are involved…

  • Amy

    Now and Then

    Then…I woke to cries from a crib or requests for Cheerios and “ Dora”.  Or sometimes, it was a kick in the ribs and a desperate plea for a sippy cup of juice. Ah, the sippy cups of juice! Now… I wake before the alarm—the one I set every night “just in case”– to the nudge of a daughter in need of help with her ponytail or a middle school boy who can’t find his favorite socks. Apparently favorite socks is a thing.   Then…My grocery list essentials included baby wipes, the aforementioned juice (by the gallon), goldfish, and whatever checkout aisle toy it took to bribe their good behavior…

  • Sunny

    it isn’t a fairytale

    Once upon a time, in a land far far away (in her mind), lived a mom. She sat at her computer reaching for a connection. This connection provided for her over and over again. It was an energy all consuming. She has felt it her whole life. This energy would roll out of her heart, into her fingertips and onto the pages before her. The words would flow like water down a stream and there was always more than enough. Today, she begs for it to find her…waiting. Nothing comes. She searches for the water and there is none. She is parched. The words aren’t flowing. There isn’t any reserve…

  • Charlotte

    I Will Not Forget

    “There are miles between this place and the distance I must go There are choices I must make along this winding road Though questions come along my way there is one thing that I know I will not forget where I’ve come from or where I’m going” (Hilary Weeks, song ‘I Will Not Forget’) click here for album It’s so easy to forget who we are and what our individual purpose is along this rough path we walk. There are days that I have never been so alone and misunderstood. Days where it takes every effort just to crawl out of bed to take my kids to school, just to…