Warning: How PizzaBoxes Can Be a Fire Hazard

My family recently learned how pizza, more specifically, pizza boxes, can be a fire hazard. Two weeks ago, I headed off for several days without my family and almost without a care in the world to my first blogging conference. I attended Focused Blogging in Richmond, Virginia. In another life, this would have been a 90-minute drive (without traffic), but now Richmond is over 4 hours away from home. The first night, during dinner, I received a frantic phone call… Read more »

Raising independent children

Save Fragile. Eggs. Pushed out of the feathered nest. As a child, I was expected to work hard with an end goal of self-sufficiency. Independent. I have the same expectation for my teen-aged children. As a mom, I am amazed at how adeptly my now 13- and 17-year old boys have embraced any speck of freedom and independence. Oh, I started them out young, for sure! Traveling Solo Unaccompanied minor flights to visit grandparents in Florida, France, and Fiji. Ok,… Read more »

Remember that childhood story, “The Little Engine That Could”? This classic taught children about the power of perseverance. Well, my little engine that could is my younger son, Max. His greatest struggle in life so far has been academic, due to a visual processing disorder that wasn’t diagnosed until he was 10 years old! (More on that in a future post!) Although thousands of dollars later and months of vision therapy translated into academic gain (well worth the time and… Read more »