Thursday, August 28, 2014

Laughter for Life

I've always thought laughter was a great way to handle so many situations in life. It diffuses tension and makes everyone feel better. Especially when we can laugh at ourselves.

This past weekend, my daughter showed me this video. I laughed until I had tears in my eyes (well, okay, weddings make me cry anyway, but this was from laughing).

The whole time I watched, I kept thinking, wow. What a great marriage these two people will have if they can keep laughing with each other.

Sometimes, offering grace, understanding and humor can make all the difference.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Save the Date!

Guess what's coming in October! You could win a Kindle Fire HDX or over 30 autographed books from over 30 amazing authors. You could also win bonus prizes of all kinds. So mark your calendars! I'll be participating and will be doing a giveaway of my own. I'll send a reminder when the scavenger hunt starts!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Once Again

I probably post about this every year. But it's that time once again. The beginning of the school year.

photo credit: iStock/Sandralise 

No, I'm not a teacher anymore. But I do still have two kids in school. One is a sophomore in college. He just started back to class this week. It was tough leaving him at the dorm. If possible, I would have stalled, hoping he'd ask me to help him set up his room or go with him to buy groceries. But no, car traffic was heavy, so we had to quickly finish up and move our vehicle out of the temporary parking. So, unlike last year (freshman year) where we drove and parked in a deck so we could spend the afternoon helping him set up his room and buy books, I had to be a more mature mom this time around. I simply hugged him and told him I loved him. That I'd see him later. (And then battled tears as we left.)

 My other school age child is a senior in high school. Which seems totally unbelievable. I've been working on rounding up childhood photos for a senior ad for the yearbook. I can't believe that sweet little thing in those photos is now a young woman ready to head off to college this time next year.

It feels almost like time is running out, that my job as a mom is almost done. But I suspect, rather, that job duties will simply change a bit. I'm fairly certain I'll be needed for a while longer. :)

In the meantime, I plan to enjoy every minute with my children. Sure, I'll be hyper-aware that each event during this senior year is the last. But there's some satisfaction in that as well. I'm privileged to be the mom of three amazing kids.