Dear Halloween Enthusiasts



Dear Halloween Enthusiasts,


Thank you.


That’s all I want to say today.


You play a huge part in making this day magical for my kids.


Me? I’m not very into this particular holiday. I don’t like being scared– at ALL– and I startle so easily that even people [...]

Age-Related Problems




I was driving to the store the other day and I happened to look down at my hand.


I was appalled.


So appalled, in fact, that I took a picture.



When did I get so old? When did I get those ugly brownish spots on [...]

The Reactions



Yesterday morning, I headed to TJMaxx to find some tall socks for my boy. (We talked about this yesterday on Facebook, if you missed it.) I found some, just so you know, and they were about a third of the regular price so, if you have a boy sporting this trend, you should [...]

10 Things I’d Love to Learn How to Do




Just over a month ago, we lost my husband’s cousin at a tragically young age.


About the same time, one of my best friends said goodbye to her forty-one year old brother-in-law, the father of three, who had always been incredibly healthy until, one day, the cancer showed up.


Today [...]

Before I Blink



“I really need to figure out what I’m going to do with my life,” he says from the backseat.




I glance in the rearview mirror and smile. “What do you mean, kiddo?”


“I mean I have to decide what I want to be. What I’m good at, you [...]

Why I’m Surrounded by the Crazies and the Inspirational



Though I definitely share recipes, reviews, and the occasional household tip around here, at the heart of it, I am a story-telling blogger. This is evidenced by the joy I get from writing the “My Story…” series and the incredible response I get. Even when I’m not in story-telling mode around here, I’m [...]

So This Happened Today…






… and I won’t lie to you all.


I cried.


You should know that I cry a lot, though. I mean, I usually cry when they go back. I’m just not one of those, “Oh, HOORAY, it’s back to school!!!” sorts of moms. And that’s okay. [...]

JL Answers the Search Box, volume 6




Have you MISSED this series?? I’ve missed writing it! I need to put it on a calendar or something. I’m such a “fly by the seat of my pants” blogger that I do a horrible job remembering it on my own. Sorry!


Anyway, it’s been about 4 1/2 months since the [...]

Found a Friend




We were invited to spend the day at the Connecticut shoreline. The family of one of A’s classmates had rented a cottage for a week and thought it would be nice for our boys to spend the day together. Not one to say no to the beach, I RSVPed in the affirmative. [...]

Nine Years, Fifty Pounds, Three Feet



Eleven years ago, I was working as the teller manager in a Virginia banking center. A young man– younger than me, and I was only in my mid-20s– walked in and asked to go to his safe deposit box. I took him and we chatted. He told me that his fiancee worked for [...]