I've been very public about my struggles, trials and tribulations on The Decent Mom. I believe in being public about these things not to give or get advice, and certainly not to get pity. I despise pity more than just about anything. I air my dirty laundry so that you, my dear reader, might be … Continue reading Finding Joy Again
It's been a while since I've given real attention and focus to this blog. Life has happened to me, and I know that you totally get that. Like one of my absolute favorite bloggers says, we are all juggling invisible balls. To be honest, this blog is a ball that I've willingly not only dropped but kicked … Continue reading Focus On What’s Important
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
On December 5th of 2017, I received a phone call that would change my family's life forever. My sister-in-law had unexpectantly passed away sometime during the night. She was only 39 years old and had 3 kids without fathers. The kids needed someone to step into parental roles immediately. Meet the kids Dawn, age 18 Dawn … Continue reading Unplanned Adoption: A Course in Advanced Parenting Skills
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?
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
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 … Continue reading The Struggle of Parenting Is Real