Things We Say Wrong

As an editor and writer, this hit a lot of buttons for me.  Just a bit of fun an fluff for the anal retentive, type-A personality that I am.  Hope you get a chuckle out of it.

Day One – A New Journey Begun (again)

Join me on the adventure to a healthy life.I know this might come as a shock to you, but I am *gasp* overweight.  Not just pleasantly plump or fluffy – I’m what the doctors have rather frighteningly referred to as Super Morbidly Obese.  How’s that for a cutesy name?  

Well, I’ve struggled with weight issues literally my entire life.  Ok, so there was this one time, in first grade, when Mrs. Durschimer said that my mom wasn’t feeding me enough and I was too thin.  But I promise you, I was not!  

I was the smallest of my mother’s babies, but I quickly made up for that.  I remember how proud my mom was when she described how picky my other sisters were about their food, but that I was a great eater.  I would eat anything that she gave me.  And I was the queen of the clean plate club.  Well, the queen is ready to be dethroned! Continue reading Day One – A New Journey Begun (again)

A Shark, a Surfer and a Story of Survival

This is the real surfboard Bethany was riding when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark. Photo by

From the time we are old enough to speak in sentences, everyone asks us the one pivotal question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Bethany Hamilton’s answer came quickly and definitively.  She wanted to be a professional surfer.  That was her dream.  So she set about doing what she could to make her dreams come true.  She trained.  She competed.  She won.  It looked like her dreams were becoming reality.

Then the nightmare began.  Continue reading A Shark, a Surfer and a Story of Survival

Top 10 Automatic Replies to Avoid

This is a blog post that I wrote for work, but then I realized that this is great advice for everyone…not just parents.  What other automatic responses do you use?  Let me know in the comments section.

1. “Just a Minute.”

When parents say this, they are generally just placating the child.  You may think you mean, “Just a minute…” but it usually turns out to be much longer than that, if at all.  Your words hold a lot of weight with your children, and if you say “just a minute…” then that is a promise that you should keep. Continue reading Top 10 Automatic Replies to Avoid

3 Things to Do to Honor Your Parents

Even if your parents don’t know the Bible, odds are they have quoted it in the course of their parenting:  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long…”  At least that was the case when I was growing up.  I had a real problem with that when I was a child.  To say I was stubborn would be like saying the Titanic was a boat!  I resisted authority…still struggle with that one.  I questioned every decision – and I mean EVERY decision…especially those made by my mom.  Why is that?  Well, because she was the most present parent.  She dealt with all the details of raising the four of us.  In the course of the every-day, I learned just how far I could push an issue and I determined to push as much as possible.  I wasn’t a bad kid.  On the contrary, she was often complimented on our excellent behavior and manners, but that didn’t change the fact that I challenged her. Continue reading 3 Things to Do to Honor Your Parents