It might feel that way… but you’re not alone

friendship I have comparison on the brain. And I know I’ll have it on my mind for at least the next month and then some (a little something to do with book marketing obligation/privilege.) But – apparently, I’m not the only one. And that’s good news. We never have to go this one alone. One of the more wicked aspects of comparison is the sneaky way it makes people feel alone. As if they’re the only one … left out, or dressed in the wrong outfit, or staycationing, or struggling, or still single, or isolated in a tough marriage, or infertile, or parenting a kid that didn’t make the cut or losing the ever-elusive quest-to-be-fit challenge. No – we’re not alone. In fact – it’s just the opposite – we’re in the majority. We all travel the road of comparison, every day. We compare ourselves to each other, to ideals, to magazine

The Beginning of Good-bye

Driver's Education I just enrolled my third child in a summer Driver’s Education class. Though she’s super excited, I can’t say it warmed my heart. For so many reasons. First of all, I selfishly like a clear calendar in the summer. So, already scheduling something makes my beginning of Summer feel like May. And May – well we all know – it’s worse than December. Could anything else be packed into 31 days? It’s like the calendar-keepers know that summer and freedom is just around the corner, so they’re going take every opportunity to fill any blank space. (For disorganized, calendar-challenged and organizationally-impaired people like myself – this is a nightmare.) Second, I really didn’t need a reminder that I will soon be sitting (once again!) on the passenger side of a very large

Easter – A Fairy Tale Come True

castle Before I realized I enjoyed writing, my Uncle Brock – on some sort of whim –  asked me to try my hand at an Easter op-ed piece for my home-town’s newspaper, The Wichita Falls Times & Record News. Who knew writing could be so much fun?! Having really enjoyed the task, I’ve kept it up since then. So, when asked again this year if I’d like to be included in their Easter op-ed line-up – I quickly said yes. I love that the paper does this and was humbled to get to participate. If you’re interested, here’s what I shared with their readers. Thanks Times and Record News … and thanks for walking the road with me. Happy Easter :) -Kay Easter – A Fairy Tale Come True Fairy tales, even the most familiar, rarely fail to capture our attention. They just feel good. And make us smile. And

Another Great Acceptance Speech

justin-timberlake-acceptance-speech-iheartradio-music-awards-2015 I didn’t watch this live, but sure do appreciate the things Justin Timberlake had to say while accepting the Innovator Award at the I Heart Radio Awards. (Pardon one of the words he uses if you watch the entire speech imbedded below) – but hear the rest. I especially loved his quoting one of my all time favs Teddy Roosevelt. In fact, it was a TR quote that inspired me to start this blog. Fun that TR still inspires folks toward the greatness to which he tirelessly aspired. Quotes from JT that just might be worth sharing with your kids: “Growing up in school no one called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different. They called me weird. And a couple other things that I can’t say on t.v. Thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing; that being different meant you could actually

Keeping Secrets From Your Kids

Noted_Lede0215_ArticleImage1 A terrific resource in Dallas has been kind to as me to write a couple things for them. It’s been fun to act like a reporter of sorts. Dallas Child gave me a couple of topics on which to research and to write. Here’s a portion of one of them. The topic: keeping secrets from your kids … is it ever a good idea. This assignment prompted thought and reconsideration concerning a few of the things that we have or haven’t shared with our kids. Because, it can be difficult navigating tough roads like illness, brokenness, even our own less-than-stellar life choices. And, how much do we/should we share with our kids? I enjoyed contemplating the topic and hope you will too. Click HERE to read the article in its entirety. Next week I’ll share a snippet from another article about kids growing up in the shadow of high achieving

12 Hours 36 Minutes and 843.5 Miles Away

Odometer clock   Today’s post is by my dearest friend and sister-in-law Chris Wills. She’s always super nice to let me bother her to share with us tidbits going on in their home. I should have recorded our conversation last week about boy-odor, but we were laughing too hard. Just know, mothers of boys, you’re not alone! But I couldn’t not share her thoughts written out below. The gist: we are created for TOGETHER. Thanks for sharing, Chris … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Twenty four years have come and gone since my world forever changed. In that day a merger, partnership, and journey began that has blessed my life beyond measure. Yet, I was so naive and oblivious to what God was up to. David and I always knew we wanted to have a large family. We did not have a number in mind just BIG. In the years from 1992-2003

A Praying Mother

a-mothers-prayer Yesterday, we headed to Birmingham for college quick-see. It’s nice living in Dallas where the airports are close and good options on frequent flier programs reign. Have I mentioned we’re a tiny bit last minute flakey? As in, “Oh, yeah – the college decision is in a couple weeks. Might be good to figure that out.” No need to point out that most of the kids on the college tour were Juniors and Sophomores. “This is our fifth stop this week” one of the moms said to me. They were certainly being productive on their Spring Break. “We’re hitting two more on our way home. What about you?” she asked. “Well… this is our first.” That’s okay, you have over a year to figure this out.” I didn’t tell her the visit was for our Senior. I feel for my kids. They sure could have fared better in life with an organized mom. But you

Connected in the Crowd

people With the start of our Spring Break staycation, I’m determined to be productive – begin Spring lean and clean. So, not only are the rooms getting a once over, so is my computer (or at least some of it) – which is where I found today’s post. Hiding in a sea of open docs. Written, but never posted. Suffice it to say, I might have a bit of not-again going on this staycation. Usually I don’t mind, maybe even embrace, staying at home over Spring Break, not so much this year. I think I could use some ocean or mountain views – and after finding this post that I wrote and forgot to post – I can guess why. But I’m glad I didn’t post it, because I needed the reminder. Especially as my mind eyes might tempt me to see the grass as greener, when I know without a shadow of a doubt good/great is at hand at all

Together Makes a Difference

Today’s post (which is sadly long overdue) is by our friend Erin Schreyer. I’ve loved her friendship since the day we met at the park down the street a few years ago. I relish any time we get to chat. Not only are our chats fun, they are usually thought-provoking and enlightening. Erin has an uncanny ability to meet tough issues head on in an honest yet non-judgmental way. It’s really a gift. She also thinks before she speaks. Something I could do a little lot better. Here’s a part of the to-be-continued from one of our latest chats. I asked her to loop us all in … and she did. Thanks Erin! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay “Hi, I’m Erin Schreyer. You don’t know me, but our sons are in the same grade. I want you to know I’m not calling you to point a finger or to place blame. I just know I would

Regular… a highlight-REAL

bagel-burn Forget about a Facebook highlight reel. You know, how they (whoever “they” might be) say that social media shows the pristine good. Because, who’s going post a picture of a college reject letter rather than the happy photo of your top pic school’s acceptance with the kid’s name on their scoreboard. I mean really. But truth is, I could since we got one yesterday. I also burned a bagel AGAIN(!), in the toaster. That’s easier to share. But, our house is about as far from highlight reel as you can get. It’s more of a highlight-REAL. Take this morning for example. I snooze my alarm at least five times. My great intentions of getting up early for a few quiet moments to myself so I can put some finishing an article whose deadline was Friday (operative word “was” – my attempt missed the mark so I’m rewriting a
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