Empty Arms

There is a phenomenon called Phantom Pain in amputees where the person perceives pain in the missing limb. Phantom limb is similar, where the amputee senses the limb itself. It is estimated that phantom sensations affects 80% of amputees. I vividly remember learning about these conditions in my anatomy and physiology class in college; I […]

Mealtime Burping Contests

With three young kids, dinner conversations can be, well, fascinating.  We’ve talked about many things over the years: rodents, germs, vomiting, and the little boy at school who eats worms. My husband and I have tried all kinds of creative things to have discussions of much less stomach-churning topics.  One of my children’s favorites is […]

What Fathers Can Do

Recently, I’ve had conversations with some of my friends about the differences in our children’s relationships with their mother and their father.  If a child needs anything, Mom generally is the person who they come running to.  However, Dads typically tend to be the more fun parent.  I admit that I’m slightly jealous of this […]

Sharing on Sunday

I have recommitted myself to posting on my website on a regular basis.  I’d like to begin that consistency by creating a “Sharing on Sunday” tradition.  I read many articles throughout the week, and I’d like to share one every Sunday that inspired me in some way. Today’s share is an article written by Bunmi […]

Thoughts on Writing: Sometimes You Just Have to Write/Happiness Project Revisited

Tonight is one of those nights where I just need to write.  I don’t have anything profound or inspiring to say.  I don’t have any funny stories to share.  Tonight, though, I feel like I have something else inside of me that I absolutely need to share: a sliver of my heart.   Honestly, I’ve surprised […]

31 hours; 32 Square Feet

For Thanksgiving my family and I travelled to Idaho and Colorado. Well, to clarify that, I drove myself and my children… By myself… To Idaho and to Colorado. (Just as a side note, I would not recommend voluntarily shutting yourself in the car with three children who are overly excited to see their grandparents and […]

The Irony of Being an Adult

I had this funny idea when I was a teenager that being an adult mean that I would be able to do whatever I wanted. Ha ha ha. Boy, was I wrong. In fact, being an adult seems to be doing all of the things I don’t want to do. I don’t want to do […]

From Within — So Many Thoughts

Writing is my catharsis, and, so I find myself needing moments where I can just write with my soul. “From Within” articles are those raw posts from my  heart — no editing, no styling, no final draft. I am a bundle of emotions today.  It’s a lot of things piled up on each other, I […]

Motorcycle Mayhem

My neighbor was telling me all about it. He wasn’t quite sure what had happened, but there were two police cars parked on our street right in front of my house along with two Sheriffs’ cars. He said there were also three cars parked at the end of the street, and two more circling the […]

A Rock Wall or a Handful of Dirt?

My sweet son seems so perfect to me. I adore his bright-eyed curiosity, and his limitless love and hugs, and his tender heart that forgives easily and never judges. I was talking to someone this past week about it, and he expressed his belief that children around four years old are the truest form of […]