The Glimpse … and Awards

real life With five kids, not only have the last few weeks been filled with projects, exams, plans, costumes, banquets and like … but award ceremonies. So far, I’ve attended 2 banquets and 3 ceremonies with 2 more to go. At one of the award celebrations, a gal I don’t know very well tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “This is your book!” She and her husband were sitting behind my friend and me, watching every kid but their own bound up the stage. “You know – I’m happy for you?” And she laughed – sort of. She was right. Every parent in the large auditorium was doing their best to be happy for kid after kid racing up the stage-stairs to receive their medal(s). After the first round, the stair race began to sound like a musical-percussion concert as the medals of multiple award winners

May Madness – Tournament Bracket

May Madness Despite my letter a couple weeks ago politely asking May to take a small break this year, the month has come on with its usual vigor. So rather than sink into the stress, why not have a little fun. Welcome to the 1st Annual May Madness Office Pool … or since we know that our cars are our offices, the 1st Annual May Madness Car-Pool. This tournament’s first rounds have come and gone (May’s crazy that way.) And, we’re waiting for one last Elite 8 face-off to produce a winner in order to get to our Final Four. Just to recap how the teams have fared thus far: Sweet 16 & Elite 8: As was expected, Orthodontist Appointment lost out to No.1 Seed, Teacher Gifts. OA, normally overlooked and quite often forgotten, was thrilled to make it to the tournament this year. But highly favored TG quickly swept past the easily-rescheduled

There’s more to the Jenner Lip-Challenge Lie

Kylie-Jenner-Lip-Challenge-Lovebscott Hot news yesterday – Kylie Jenner confesses to using ‘lip fillers’ for plump pout as reported by countless media outlets.This from NY Daily News: Her insecurity reflected through her fans, who tried their best to mimic her new look through the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge, in which they suck on a shot glass or plastic cup for a few minutes to temporarily create the illusion of fuller lips, which are essentially engorged with blood. Some of Jenner’s devotees went so far they actually injured themselves. Well, over the last few weeks when Jenner shared with the world her apparent secret to full lips, a lot of people cared and quickly jumped on the bandwagon to try their hand at beauty. Latching on to a free way for the common gal to be as beautiful, maybe as popular, as Jenner. But apparently, her beauty secret was a lie –

A New Arrival

skinny Today is a big day around our house. Well – it’s sort of a big day. It will probably come and just like any other day. Because life goes on. Carpools are run. AP Exams are taken. College decisions are still blurred a bit by indecision. Dinner will likely be take-out. And I will probably forget be somewhere or call someone back or quite possibly pick someone up. All that’s regular around here. The not-so-regular is what makes today the tiniest bit special. And I want to THANK you guys so much for bearing with me during the process and more than anything for walking the road with me. I’ve heard folks say that publishing a book is like having a baby – which I guess is true. But in our house, there’s one thing that is VERY different than the majority of births in our home – this addition has a name. (Believe

A Letter to May

Slide2 Dear May, Hi. How are you? I see you. It’s still April; but dearest May … could you please go away. I don’t mean to be rude. And I’m not actually saying disappear. I’m just asking you to dial down the stress level that comes when you enter the picture. Is that possible? Listen, I love you. June (freedom from to-do’s) is just around the corner from you. And your name is so happy. Promising something on the other side of saying you, like “May I have another cupcake.” Would you like two? “Why yes I would.” Because, you’re pre-swimsuit. But May, can we just state the obvious? With you comes a certain amount of agony. And I don’t want to just live to get through to the other side of you. I want to enjoy your beautiful weather and linger and savor. But those words don’t normally accompany all that you bring to the table:

Mom: Codeword LOVE

Mom Some phone calls are fun. I embarrassed my kids, yet again (I think I’m on an embarrassing rampage) by calling in to 98.7 KLUV’s morning show on the way to school to play Rebekah’s College of Hollywood Knowledge. Lo and behold, I was the lucky caller that got to try her luck answering 5 pop culture questions to beat Rebekah and not only graduate from her college but win $100. Let’s just say, it’s easier to win when you’re playing along rather than being the player. (click HERE to listen – if you’re bored and have nothing better to do … but only after reading the rest of this post, for goodness sake :) I legitimately deserved the eyerolls on this one! But later that day, I got a not so fun phone call from my brother. “Mom has fallen. She’s at Mayo… she can’t

Manna Living

morning-dew-fresh-christ-manna-1024x768 Recently, I received an email from one of my sister-friends. She’s been by my side for over 30 years – at some times closer than at others but always just a phone call away. She asked me about graduation plans – specifically about a party for our Senior and if she could host. Tears stung my eyes. We’ve had such a roller coaster of unexpected this school year, graduation plans just haven’t entered my mind. The generosity and normalcy of her question caused me pause. And I thanked her. Not only for the kind offer, but for the reminder. “You are so super sweet and the only one who has even thought about a graduation party (WE haven’t even thought about graduation!!)” I emailed back. “It has been such an unexpected challenging year. I think we will be limping across the finish line – hopefully.”

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
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