Category Archives: Things I wish I would have known when I was 15.

Polar opposite paths–choose wisely

I truly believe the measure of somebody’s character is what they do when nobody’s looking. Are you thoughtful when nobody is around to recognize your good deed? Are you honest, even if there’s nobody there to catch you stealing? Maybe … Continue reading

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Learning is not a spectator sport

This weekend, as per usual around here, was full of hard labor. Until our yard is complete, there will be many, many more weekends like those. However, some of the hardest labor was eased by the use of a skid … Continue reading

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Another benefit of the lockdown

As I’ve discussed before, this homeschooling thing has been a real challenge for me. But, there is one area that I’ve actually enjoyed–my daughter’s American Sign Language class. A long time ago, we’re talking decades, I was an interpreter of … Continue reading

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A quarantine sometimes means a rearranging of priorities

This week has been surreal, as I’m sure it has been for many of you. I struggled to fit my home-office job, my kids mounting online homework, and the extra housework their constant presence brought into my once balanced day … Continue reading

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Having Fun Isn’t A Priority: Things I wish I Would Have Known When I Was Fifteen

I realized a long time ago that if I wanted things from life, I needed live with intention. What I mean by that, is everything I do should be for a purpose to help me grow into a better person. … Continue reading

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Even things that don’t look perfect can still mean something good

As any girl will tell you, the teenage years are hard and sometimes downright suck. The past year has been especially difficult for my daughter. Her knees required one more surgery to remove the appliances repressing her growth plates for … Continue reading

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Yes, reality bites, but it’s best not to ignore it.

The concept of “free” is thrown around a lot now days. I personally teach my children to be wary of anybody touting “free” anything. As my mother always said, “Nothing in life is ever truly free.” This week my oldest … Continue reading

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When I’m lucking enough to stand outside the fog

Where I live gets some pretty crazy fog in the valley during the winter time. I live high against the bench of the mountains so our home isn’t ensconced in the thick soup as often as those that live in … Continue reading

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Value beyond 1st place

I have been a judge for swim teams for several years now. It’s a way for me to watch my daughter swim without her having to worry about my competitive side coming out. I can’t say anything while I’m judging … Continue reading

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What matters most…

Sometimes the only way to know what really matters most in our lives is have it taken away. A few weeks ago my youngest son was hurt on the football field. He was running the ball and ended up being … Continue reading

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