I’ve always had a deep respect and love for my Dad. My earliest memory is when my Dad came back from a year-long hardship tour in Korea. We were at my Grandma’s house and we were going to celebrate by going out to Pizza Hut to eat dinner together. As I went downstairs to get … Continue reading Dad
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?
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 … Continue reading Dear Teenager
It's mid July, and it's already been a long summer. Since this is the first year we've put the kids in public school, it's also our first "summer vacation" and my first time with the summer time blues. I never knew how busy and yet isolating this time of year can be. I write this … Continue reading Summer Time Blues: The Struggles of Vacation Time
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
Making school lunches is honestly a pain in the you-know-what. After they get home and homework is done, then it's time to make dinner. Then you clean up from dinner, and have to make lunches. Those lunches have to be healthy, filling and yummy enough for the pickiest of eaters. Bleh. About two months into … Continue reading School Lunches That Are Decent Enough
You aren't alone if mornings are hard for your family. We started every single day with stress, chaos, and at least one of us yelling "WHERE ARE MY SHOES?!". When the kids are late to school, everyone starts the day stressed, and you're probably late for work as well. Breathe easy knowing you aren't the only … Continue reading Simplify Your Mornings And Get To School On Time
Ten years ago this summer, my daughter Lahna died due to complications from Trisomy 18. This article describes the immediate grief aftermath of her death. Mississippi Man and I grew stronger as individuals and as a couple, but it hasn't been easy. The day after Lahna died, I woke up with a few seconds of peace. … Continue reading When My Sweet Baby Died: The Hard Grief Aftermath