Have you noticed how size can seem relative? When the kids are loud and running through the house, my house feels small. But when the house needs cleaning, it feels big. Really big. Too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes, when I look around at our mess, the scale of it overwhelms…Read more »
Watching the Highlights
The premise of a movie released a number of years ago intrigues me. One of the main characters is in an accident and looses her short term memory. From that point on, she can remember everything that happened before the accident, but nothing that happens after. She wakes up every morning believing this day to…Read more »
Keeping it Real?
A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning my house (no, I’m not writing to announce an infrequent event . . .) and my mood was dirtier than the house. As I worked, I enjoyed the monologue I kept running in my head. I entertained myself by calling out those individuals who’d contributed to the…Read more »
You might wonder at a name like Unshaken; what kind of woman stands behind a name like that? Perhaps someone who is confident, successful, a woman who not only has a plan, she has a plan for how she will execute her plan. That’s not me. I am both easily and often shaking. Let me…Read more »
I Still Have Kids. They Still Go to School. They Still Ride a Bus.
September is not quite upon us, and yet I sit here surrounded by silence. Why? Because today is the first day of school. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll no doubt be surprised at a first-day-of-school blog appearing on the actual first day of school. It hasn’t happened before. Two years ago…Read more »
It has happened. I have turned not just another year older, but another decade older. All with the passing of one day. Funny how so much can change between a sunset and a sunrise. How something that was always on its way, feels like it came suddenly. As my husband discovered the ill-fated birthday he came…Read more »
When the Music Plays . . .
It was a quiet afternoon. I was working at the table with Max sprawled across several chairs beside me, lazily flipping through his sister’s piano book. Suddenly, he sat bolt upright, his bright eyes snapping. “Mom, listen to the words of this song,” he breathed excitedly. Curious as to what so captured a seven-year-old boy…Read more »
We were leaving the home where my Grandma lived, piling into the mini-van in comfortable chaos. Above the noise, I heard Koby speaking, “Mommy.” Making sure everyone was buckled up, I turned to him as we pulled out of the parking lot. Driving away from Grandma. Unaware of time’s relentless march, and that we had…Read more »
If You Have to Feed it With a Stick . . .
It had been a long week. My to-do list was happily spitting out another bullet point every time I turned my back, mocking my efforts to stay on top of it. Our Sunday evening church service felt like the first time I could sit back and relax. And I did. Until I started mentally running through my list…Read more »
A friend and I were texting each other pictures of ourselves from before we had kids; admiring each other – and ourselves. (Just being honest here). We dwelt in the ‘then’ for a while before we returned back to ‘now’ when my friend texted, “And they say you bounce right back after having kids. Bah…Read more »