Over the last twenty years, I have spent time as both a working mom and a stay home mom. For as long as I can remember, my career plans were to be a mother. My mother left the workforce when I was born to be a stay home mom for me and my brothers-to-come. Nearly all of my friends while I was growing up had stay home moms. This was in the ’80s, and the poor children who didn’t have stay home parents were called latch-key kids. I haven’t heard that term in a very long time now. It seems to have become the norm rather than the exception. Continue reading
I have been struggling with my blog over who owns whom lately. I have been doing a lot of work on my relationship with myself over the last year and my priorities have shifted. I am now taking more time to do things that I enjoy, especially time that I have previously used to zone out online reading clickbait from Facebook. I have come to value my time more and be more productive. My house has gotten into better shape as I have kept up on the chores better, I have been publishing this blog three times a week, and I have picked up my crafting again. Continue reading
The other day we received our electric bill for last month. It was a bit of a shock, and I went into panic mode for a while. I hadn’t looked at the bill itself, just the amount due. We have set up automatic payments, and I received an email saying that a partial payment was scheduled. That meant the bill was over $150, which is the highest automatic payment we had authorized. Our last few months of bills have been right around $120-$130. This time the bill was $170. Now, I accept that we are a large family in a large house and therefore consume more than your average electricity. On top of that, I am a stay-home mom, so I usually use electricity during the day. Usually it is laundry, cooking, or computer use. Continue reading
I had an epiphany today. I love having epiphanies. Today’s epiphany was about the nature of the Universe and how the answer is always yes. Why, yes, I do think about the Law of Attraction a lot. I have observed it at work so often in my life that I can’t deny its perfection. I know I talk incessantly about it, but it has transformed my life and I want to share it with everyone. There is no fanatic like a convert. Continue reading
Some of us have had hard lives. Probably even most of us have had hard times in life. I am willing to bet that everyone has had to face a challenge at some point in their lives. Some people face more challenges than others, and we call them strong. The people who have survived challenges that we don’t think we could handle often hold our admiration. Continue reading
Poverty sucks. As if we didn’t already know. Lately, I have started seeing posts (such as from Lifehacker) that help bring awareness to the subtle effects of poverty, and hopefully that will help start to destigmatize those who live in the midst of it. We all say we want to know how to end poverty. We even have a war on poverty. But what will it really take to end poverty? Continue reading
I drive a 1999 Chevy Suburban. I got it because it seats 8 and still has cargo room. Even without the cargo room, I would have gotten it because there just aren’t many vehicles that can carry a family of 8 all at once. I was resigned to becoming That Car, but Suburbans are ubiquitous around here. My husband drives a 2003 Saturn. Both cars are teenagers and have 150-200k miles on them. They have both served this family very well.
Teenager is very old for a car or truck. Old means Continue reading