We canceled the adoption of our niece, Rana. It's taken me a long time to decide whether to not to post this. It's personal and if I write about it, how much can I write without offending family or putting too much out there? I've decided that since this is my website and it's essentially … Continue reading Adoption Cancelled: Big Changes To Our Home
When you have kids your focus seems to pinpoint. Things that you never paid much attention to seem insanely important. When it's an infant you quickly learn that your home is full of danger and needs improvement. Toddlers make the rest of the world seem like a minefield, and every day that your child survives … Continue reading Improvement Is The Key To Everything No Matter How Small: Start Today
It's been quite a while since I posted regarding my weight loss surgery, so I thought you'd like a one year update. In case you missed it or are new to my page, you can read about my 15-year journey to health. I've written quite a few articles regarding this subject, including whether weight loss surgery … Continue reading Bariatric Surgery: One Year After My Gastric Bypass
I've been missing The Decent Mom, have you? If you've been wondering where I fell off too...life happened, as it always does. Things got intensely busy in the fall when I started taking college classes. Then my sister-in-law passed away suddenly, which led to our adopting our beautiful niece. It's just been insane! Things are … Continue reading The Decent Mom Returns!
I've taken quite a bit of time away from "The Decent Mom" lately, and for those of you who gained support from my articles, I apologize. I left without notice and didn't leave many clues as to why. I am grateful for stepping away however, because things have been busy and throughout it all I … Continue reading What Really Matters To You Today?
I read an article on Scary Mommy today that really hit a nerve with me. The author details how she would want her husband to raise their three daughters if she were to die first. Since my anxiety has often focused on "if I die first", of course I read it...ready to nod my head … Continue reading Dear Husband: If I Die First
Everyone loves spring, and my family is no exception. There's only one drawback: spring time in southern Texas (and your area too) is notorious for allergies. The beautiful blooming flowers and green trees make pollen, and rains bring mold growth. Don't worry though, I'll share how to enjoy this blissful weather with allergy relief! Limit … Continue reading Allergy Season: Keep Your Family Comfortable!
I've spent two days thinking about whether or not I should write this post. I know there will be a few folks who read this and think "I wish I had that problem" or "Boohoo, #weightlossproblems". I get it. I've always been very open and honest about my weight loss journey however, and rediscovering myself is … Continue reading Rediscovering Yourself After Major Weight Loss
Everyone has at least one regret in their life that they wish, more than anything, that they could undo. Perhaps you wish that you could un-say some harsh words to a loved one. Maybe you broke something out of anger that can't be fixed. What if you cheated on your spouse and threw away your marriage … Continue reading Living Your Fullest Life With A Regret You Can’t Forget
Everyone eats, and everyone has to shop for groceries. That doesn't mean that you can't trim your grocery budget. It is the easiest place to save money! Here are 15 tips to get you started. Meal Plan I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Menu planning saves a lot of money and it's not … Continue reading Grocery Shopping On a Tight Budget: Save More Of Your Cash Now