Monthly Archives: May 2013

On Men & Confidence

In an effort to share with you all the wisdom I can garner from Sarah at Diapers & Daisies, here are two more of her brilliant posts in her series Raising a Daughter …

Lessons on Men

When it comes to the opposite sex, there can be so much confusion and heartache. One thing I’ve learned is that the men have it harder in this regard. Women are incredibly complex, and therefore we tend to think men are too. They aren’t. What they say is typically what they mean, even when they say nothing. To accompany these 15 lessons from Sarah, listen to the wonderful explanation by Mark Gungor about the differences between men and women. If you are in a relationship, try listening to it together and use it to have a fun conversation.

Building Her Confidence

As a single mother, it is so important to me that the men in my daughters’ lives be ones that will encourage and uplift them. These words of wisdom from Sarah echo what a mother, father, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other significant person in a little girl’s life can do to help build her confidence and foster her own unique spirit.


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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


Raising a Daughter

There is a beautiful series written by a beautiful momma over at Diapers & Daisies that I simply must share with you. She has collected things she wants to share with her daughter …advice, tid-bits, nuggets of whimsy and wisdom … and I love them all!

I’m toying with ideas of how I want to share these with my own daughters and stalking Pinterest to see what I can come up with!

These are genuine, nurturing and lovely. They also impress upon my own soul the truths I have long forgotten, and the importance of my remembering so that I can impart them to my daughters to bear in their own example.

Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever your poison) and maybe a few tissues, and saddle on up for a great read:

Raising a Daughter Series: What I Want to Teach Her

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized



It is that time of year again when preparations are being made for graduations of all kinds, from kindergarten to college and many other notable achievements in between. It is a time for congratulations and celebration of milestones. It is a time of reflection and a time to look ahead, always moving forward toward the next goal.

I am a collector of stories. I amass post-it notes and journals full of quotations. Many of them are words of those far wiser than I, who have been there and done that and want to share with us their cautionary tales.

I have gathered some of those below and I share them with you in the hopes that they may quicken your pulse, touch your soul, make you smile, and prompt you to do the one thing you think you cannot do.

From Neil Gaiman:

If it is great, you should enjoy it. Don’t miss parts of the journey.
If you think something will be difficult to do, pretend you are someone who could do it.
Make a list. When you’ve crossed off one thing, do the next.

From Randy Pausch:

Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

From Bono:

The future’s not fixed, it’s fluid.
Sing the melody line you hear in your own head, remember, you don’t owe anybody any explanations.

From Bill Cosby:

Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.
Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it.

From Maya Angelou:

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

From Steve Jobs:

You cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.
You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.

From Dr. Seuss:

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

From Mary Schmich:

Do one thing every day that scares you.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


Mother’s Day

I only met my mother once, on the day I was born, but she already knew me well. She felt my strength and my will and knew I would be driven and determined. She knew how to comfort me cradling her belly, swaying and singing.


Before I was born, she dreamed for me of many adventures and a beautiful, happy life. She chose to give me life, even if it meant apart from her. She knew me well and she knew herself, her means, her own dreams, and that she would continue to cradle me in her heart.

Because she chose to give me life, she became a blessing to my parents and helped them start the family they always wanted.

She has never been far away, in time, in distance, or in heart. I have always been a part of her, and she has remained with me.


 One day I will meet my mother again, and I will be able to thank her for this life. She has given me more than anyone ever could.

We only met once, one summer day nearly 37 years ago, but for me she has always been my best example of courage, faith, hope, and love.

She is my mother.




*photos from @AndiCrane


Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


Mother. Mighty.

May is such a beautiful month. Plants and trees are encouraging their blooms to emerge. Birds are singing sweet melodies of praise.

May is also a time we set aside to honor mothers – those who nurture, those who mend, those who love unconditionally and pray unceasingly.

My youngest daughter said it beautifully …

“I think there’s an invisible string that joins moms to their children. They might be called heart-strings.”

As I was scrolling through my mail and social networks this morning, my sweet friend Lisa-Jo captured my attention with her post to mothers. This is a must share!

We are so many things, but through it all, we are the shelter from their storms.

You are Mighty.
You are Mother.


Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

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