adoption

Adoption Cancelled: Big Changes To Our Home

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 [...]

Writing The Decent Mom: What I Share with Sarah Ban Breathnach

Writing another article for The Decent Mom has been on my mind for weeks now. Inspiration finally struck me as I listened to Oprah interview Sarah Ban Breathnach. The interview is great. Love or hate Oprah, her interviewing skills are beyond reproach and her Super Soul Conversations never fail to impress. Ban Breathnach's genius book, Simple Abundance, [...]

The Decent Mom Returns!

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 [...]

matters

What Really Matters To You Today?

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 [...]

Dear Teenager

Dear Teenager, I get it.  Those jerks at school just keep on pushing and don't know when to back off.  I don't know why they target you, because you really are a good kid.  Your parents aren't who you need them to be either.  Either they are crazy strict and don't let you breathe...or they [...]

Dear Husband: If I Die First

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 [...]

The Struggle of Parenting Is Real

Being a mom is a much bigger struggle than anyone has ever told me. You love your kid (or kids) so much and at times it feels like your heart is just going to explode with the pure volume of love. Even when they're acting like fools, not doing what they're supposed to, and driving you [...]