Scrabble Saves Christmas

A mother’s work is never done, especially this time of year. Sometimes, the fun things we do for our families feel like unpaid overtime on top of a 40 hour week, or am I the only one who feels that way? I made Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday while the boys...

Baby Steps – Making Peace with Slow Progress

Fresh out of college, idealistic and somewhat naive, I had a post-conference wish. I hoped that Monday morning at work, after the weekend event, my face would be all shiny like Moses. My co-workers would bask in the glow and ask, “Lynn, what is this glorious...

Why I Love Groot – Just A Spark

  We took the family out to the movies. Given the fact that we have two teenage boys and seeing that I’m the only girl, it’s not surprising we saw Guardians of the Galaxy. The boys loved the movie. My husband loved the old cassette-era tunes. And I fell in love with...

Good Shepherd

I’m one of the 99. I stay in the fold. I prefer the safety here. I’m not the sheep who leaves and gets lost out in the world. I pride myself in knowing I’ve never sent the Shepherd out into the cold dark night to search me. “I’m such a good sheep.  I make it easy for...

Back to School Mom Rant

Back to school BASH! Another school year has just begun and I’m already exhausted. I spent the weekend searching for the last three items on the school supply list that are nowhere to be found in the Austin metropolitan area, all the while grumbling about those better...

Waiting For Morning

Over the course of my life, interactions with the alarm clock on my bedside table looked like this: 6:30am 6:39am 6:48am 6:57am 7:06am Wait, what? 7:06am!   AAAAAAAHHHHHH! My college roommate nicknamed me the Snooze Queen. I remember wondering as a tired mother of...

Take the Long Way or Pay the Toll?

Toll roads are cropping up all over central Texas.  I love ’em and I hate ’em.They are fast and free of traffic jams  – I love that!But they charge a fee and the rates keep going up – I hate that!This is how it usually ends up. I get ready in...

4 Goals for Summer

I’m one of those moms who loves summer and getting to see my boys more often. I enjoy not having to wake up early to get them to school. I won’t miss keeping up with their lunch accounts and missing assignments. I really like having them around. At the...

Fake it ’til You Become Her

I woke up with itchy eyes and a stuffy nose, feeling sluggish from the antihistamine I took the night before.  This is what I get for living in the allergy capital of the world. We don’t have seasonal allergies in Austin we have allergies in every season.   I’ve...

I Don’t Want To

  I’ve never been a morning person. My roommate in college called me the Snooze Queen. But when life took a downward turn, I didn’t just hit the snooze button.  I turned the alarm off altogether. I didn’t want to get up. Getting out of bed felt like moving the...