Creating Safe Spaces

I had the honor of sharing these thoughts about transitioning from full-time work to part-time work to truly staying at home over at the MOPS blog a couple weeks ago. When I quit my teaching job right before having our first daughter, my principal told me he fully supported my choice to stay home. But he … Continue reading Creating Safe Spaces

It’s the Man’s Job to Deal With Mice

When we moved into our new house, we went from a tiny little ranch with only an extended one car garage for storage to a space with two full size storage rooms. We decided to only use one - we still don't have enough overflow stuff to take up the space and I'm not organized … Continue reading It’s the Man’s Job to Deal With Mice

My Daughter Can Open Her Own Door

The problem with raising strong, independent girls is that they're, well... Strong and Independent. The other day, on the way into preschool, Bea got in an altercation with a little boy who wanted to hold the door. She wanted a turn and was grumpy that he wouldn't move. The grandma looked at me and said, I'm just … Continue reading My Daughter Can Open Her Own Door

Raising Awareness Step by Step

One of the coolest things about living in the Internet age is access to amazing projects across the globe. From helping to build a well in Kenya to following the adventures of an old high school friend, we are able to follow the stories of friends and strangers. Recently, the trend in giving small amounts … Continue reading Raising Awareness Step by Step

The Practice of Caring

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? I didn't until Heather Von St. James emailed and asked if I'd write a post highlighting when someone helped me through a difficult time. Heather certainly knows about the need for help - she is celebrating 10 years since her diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma, a rare … Continue reading The Practice of Caring

Celebrating Strong Women: Letting Go of Certainty

Today's Strong Woman is my friend, Anna Pantano-Cotman. Anna is a yoga instructor, life coach and has a Masters in Management International. Moving frequently as a military spouse with her husband and two daughters, she is on a personal journey to truly learn how to make the best of every situation. Letting Go of Certainty At … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: Letting Go of Certainty

Celebrating Strong Women: Redefining Normal

I am glad to introduce Kerri Dawson as today's Strong Women contributor. Kerri has a degree in Maritime Systems Engineering and worked for the oil and gas industry for 11 years as a senior project specialist. She is currently living in Northern California raising two very energetic boys ages 5 and 3. Life is good! Redefining Normal When … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: Redefining Normal

Celebrating Strong Women: How to Do it All

I'm pleased to introduce Renata Pepper as our Strong Women contributor today. Renata is a Franco-Italian-American living in Paris. She is a mother, works as a location manager (www.renatapepper.com), and loves anything food-related. How to Do it All I am one of those people who likes to be involved in many things and who thrives … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: How to Do it All

Celebrating Strong Women: This Side of Heaven

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser lives on a mesa in New Mexico, with his wife Barbara and a whole lot of rescued dogs. Though now sidelined by serious illness, he has working in construction, security contracting, video scriptwriting, and was a college professor for several years He is the author of a Christian contemporary romance, "Blessed Are the Pure of Heart," published … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: This Side of Heaven

Celebrating Strong Women: Five Minutes to Happiness

This week's strong woman is Valerie Brown, a friend who lives out generosity and compassion. Valerie has been a Colorado Native since 1982.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has a career with helping people with tax issues.  In addition, she also helps people through her public speaking for weight loss and weight management.   She is … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: Five Minutes to Happiness