Inspiration on parenting

Lunch & School Days! {Kitchen Coach}


Hello Ladies!

I’m so pleased to share a video with you featuring the beautiful Kitchen Coach, Jenny. She has put together healthy lunch ideas….with pictures! How awesome is that?

What a joy it is to be watching our children {in my case,grandchildren} embark on a new learning opportunity, whether at home or away. I hope this info is inspiring and helpful to you and that it will lighten your load in the coming days.


The lunchtime video:
Lunch ideas with pictures:

Happy school year! I wish you all the best!







A Word About Wealth


I was reminded again today of the affluent circumstances of many people I know. I refer to those who are able to look back over their lives and count

their many valuable human connections; relationships they have cultivated and honored; support they have given; celebratory moments they have created for others; causes and people they have championed.

How wonderful the harvest is when, over time, sweet relationships and deep connections are made.

As a parent, you’ll look back, if you haven’t already, and know that everything you have given to support and love and teach and train your children is more than worth what joy your relationships with them will return to you.

Be well. Be wealthy in your heart. That is the ultimate affluence!




Step Up to Lead Out


Recently I was asked the question, “Who do you lead?”  My response was, everyone I meet. And I’d say that that is true for you too. Aren’t we all influencing one another in large and small ways, almost constantly? And doesn’t influence also mean leadership?

Every word that comes out of our mouths informs others about what we value, what we have read, who we are and who is influencing us!

I truly believe that we cannot chose whether or not we will be influenced, but only by whom and what we will give enough time and attention to in order to be influenced. So hopefully we’ll be intentional about it.

And it’s not just our words that let others know who we are is it?

Oftentimes, it is the respect we show ourselves by caring for our bodies. Not consistently over-taxing ourselves nor allowing others to unduly burden us either. Stopping when we are tired. Or if you’re a guru at self-care, taking any opportunity you have to rest and recharge.

At times we inform others by our behavior that our needs aren’t that important. We can go without. We will be ok. And yet, we are human too. Yes, we love. Yes, we sacrifice to bring souls here to have a physical experience. Yes, it is very strenuous work! So it is imperative that we keep our reservoirs of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual strength as full as possible.

Mothers, please care for yourselves! Love others but love yourself too. Don’t apologize for needing a break. Or help. Or a healthful diversion.

I’m sending you my best wishes and vote of confidence today! You are enough to do what you were sent here to do.



P.S. I believe we will be strengthened every time we ask for help in doing our special calling in our family life. Our children are God’s children and He wants them to receive the best possible care we can give! If you are feeling constantly overwhelmed, I would challenge you to intermittently ask the question, “Am I feeling overloaded because of my family calling or because I have time-consuming distractions that are keeping me running and too busy to feel happy and successful at home?” I have to constantly ask myself this question and I don’t have little ones at home anymore…there are just so many potential side roads aren’t there?




Ebb and Flow


Last year this lupine in my garden was thriving. This spring it didn’t come back. I don’t know why, it just didn’t winter well.

We try hard to understand things that happen so that we can learn from the experience and try to influence outcomes in the future.

And sometimes we do.

But sometimes we just have to accept the ebb and flow of life. Sometimes we don’t figure things out.

And that’s ok.

There will be successes tomorrow or the next day.

There will be moments of smooth sailing and high spirits.

And when things are frustrating or hard to understand, we keep walking. Taking rests at times. Relaxing our minds and letting things be for awhile. Sometimes asking for help from a kindly soul nearby.

When it is time, we’ll find the meaning that will give us the experience and understanding that bring wisdom. And empathy. And human kindness.

Please keep on going and don’t you give up.

Much love,


Love Them Now


I remember how tired I used to get when my kids were small. So tired I could cry. And I did cry too! But now my vantage point has changed.

On the other end of this ride we call parenting, you will find that those young, demanding years will have passed like a dream…

 So! I hope you will get all the rest you can in between rounds of meals and dishes and diapers; naps and walks and stories; baths and trips to the library; games and letters and colors and shapes; car seats and helmets and roller blades; dolls and cars and balls and toy dishes…

Because while this is a wild ride, it is also relatively short. And there is so much joy to be had in the minuscule, tiny moments when you have the chance to see the world through your child’s eyes.

Listen to them and to their concerns and thoughts as much as you can. Laugh and read and play and be carefree as much as you can. Forgive yourself quickly. Forgive them quickly.

And count all of the work and sweat and tears as joy.

You are so blessed. And so am I.

With great love,