Happy Valent’ICE’ Day!

If you are living on the East coast, you can relate to living with snow, rain and ice for the last month, and especially over these last 2 days.  Cabin fever takes on a new meaning when school has been cancelled for the second day and we are embarking on a 4 day … [Read more...]

Praise

At the start of the school year, my daughter’s teacher handed out a copy of 101 ways to praise a child. It was a list of praise words that could genuinely mean the world to a child after a good deed or effort is done.  As we get older, praise in this way can still be effective … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, America

We are so blessed especially around this time of the year.  We are at home, enjoying the BBQ dinners, anticipating our garden to grow, and entertaining our newlywed houseguests who are in from Italy for their honeymoon.  They are getting a taste of the wonderful life we all enjoy … [Read more...]

Taking in the Moment

Have you ever appreciated someone more after not being with him/her for a period of time?  It’s true what they say about the expression, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  I did not even realize it, until last Sunday evening when I came home from a 5 day business trip.  … [Read more...]

From Potty Training to Adult Training

What a big revelation I am having throughout the ups and downs of potty training my daughter. Today is day 4 being all dry (YAY! and Whew!!).  What did it take to get to this point?   Lots of patience, impatience, and downright prayer!  We had a few things going on all around … [Read more...]

Resolutions or Reflections?

How many years of making resolutions have we made vs. how many times have we followed through on them?  Do you have your own ratio of resolutions to completed resolutions?  If I was asked to count how many times I tried to lose a certain amount of weight as a New Year resolution, … [Read more...]

Thankful

As you get ready for Thanksgiving, whether cooking or planning to visit relatives and friends, I wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for having my family all around this holiday.  Just recently, I'm also thankful and … [Read more...]

The Calm “in” the Storm

Did Hurricane Sandy come your way, or were you watching every minute of it on the weather/news channel?  I was doing both…preparing for the storm, and looking at the twirling icon on the weather map as it was approaching land.  By Monday early evening, Hurricane Sandy hit land by … [Read more...]

Got Home Project? Don’t Know Where to Start?

A very recent hot July Sunday night, our air conditioner died….a big fat UGH!!  We had to rely on our ceiling fans to keep us cool while I looked in to a new unit. I never had an A/C break on me, have you? With this hot sticky weather, I knew I had to plan a trip to Sears the … [Read more...]

Are You Striking a Balance in your Life?

Did you ever hear of the saying “You can’t see the forest for the trees?”  or another way of putting it is “you can’t see the forest cause the trees are in the way?” I have heard of it a dozen times over the years and it really did not sink in until today. What does it … [Read more...]