Words to Live and Write by

I am willing to fall Because I have learned how to rise.

I craft Love from heartbreak, Compassion from shame, Grace from disappointment, Courage from failure.

I am among the brave and brokenhearted, and I am rising strong.

(credit to Brene Brown)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Story Time

And now it's time for Story Time with Lana.

She's so expressive!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Spilled Milk

One of the perks of the dog + baby combo is you don't need a mop.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bathroom Break

12/26/12: Lana's reach has become perilously long. How is a mom supposed to use the bathroom? I'm absent a minute and find Lana has my wedding rings, perfectly sized for swallowing or choking, in her mouth.
1/10/12: This morning's bathroom break ended by opening the door to find Lana gleefully playing in a pile of matches. So very fortunate she had discarded the box and does not know how to "strike" a match yet.
STILL!! Freak out moment!!
I just wanted a bathroom break; two minutes tops. Is nothing sacred anymore??

Monday, January 7, 2013

Things I've found amusing lately




"Mom, I'm Fat"

"Mom, I'm Fat." One mother's inspired response to her 7-year old.

(Click on the pic below to read the article.)
 I love this post.
Then I have to ask myself, "Could I do that?" If my beautiful, perfect daughter questions her self-confidence, am I a positive role model for her? Can I look at myself and see a beautiful, perfect woman?
I don't think I can answer "yes" today, but I'm glad I read this now so I can work on it before my girl reaches this age.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My feelings about gun control

My feelings about gun control: All of it mixed up and confused, but very true.
“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.” -Mark Twain

“You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.” C.S. Lewis

“By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education.... From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.”

“Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” -Chinese Proverb

“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” - Erich Fromm

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” -Robert Fulghum

“Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.” -Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra