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
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?
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
Whether you need some extra cash for school supplies, clothing, a small vacation or to pay bills...we could all use some extra cash from time to time. For the stay at home mom or working mom, this is tough! All moms work long hours and make sacrifices for their family. For the sake of this … Continue reading Cash Earned Quickly Today: Here’s How
I'm a huge supporter of both you and your husband, Jared (Padalecki), and feel like we have a few really substantial things in common. What Could I have in common with genevieve? My husband constantly goes out of town for work. While my husband serves in the Air Force, yours goes out of country and … Continue reading Dear Genevieve Cortese,
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