• Life lessons,  Motherhood,  Older kids

    The Parent (Peer Pressure) Trap

    I once heard a sermon on parenting where the preacher said you never experienced peer pressure in your teenage years like the peer pressure you’ll face from¬†other parents once you have kids. At the time I heard it, our oldest kids were around toddler age, but it stuck with me. And, I’m starting to learn exactly what he meant. We’re entering the age of new freedoms and trying to decide what the “right” ages are to do what. . . Cell phones, sleepovers, technology limits, bedtimes, etc. Who knew there were so many decisions to make when your kids started getting a life? (Well, I’m guessing that many of you…

  • Life lessons,  Motherhood

    A Letter To Myself 11 Years Ago Today. . .

    Today is officially my 11th mom-iversary. Or, my oldest baby’s eleventh birthday. The day life changed as we knew it. The day I became a mommy. I was beyond excited, shocked that he was really ours, amazed that giving birth wasn’t nearly as terrible as I thought (my ultimate fear growing up!), and a nervous wreck that I would somehow break him. image source If it were possible to send a letter back in time, this is what I would write to my 27-year-old self now that I have a little experience under my belt: Dear Brand New Mommy, Yes, this is really happening. Your life has forever changed–in the…