The Power of Claiming a Label

When I was teaching, every year Mrs. Nichols would visit our school. We would gather on the uncomfortable pull-out bleachers in the gym and try to keep our students from fidgeting too much. Mrs. Nichols was an energetic woman and would throw candy to kids who were sitting still and listening. Her job was to … Continue reading The Power of Claiming a Label

Raising Feisty Girls

When we got our puppy, we had a beautiful vision of our life as a family of three. Hikes, dog parks, frolicking along the trail by our house. We would take her to puppy school and train her to be The Best Dog - so friendly and welcoming!! The first six months of Daisy's life … Continue reading Raising Feisty Girls

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

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