Welcome to The MOM Journey!

where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay

You know THAT MOM? Sure you do. She’s the one who posts pictures of her organic, all-natural family dinners infused with superfoods. And when you drop in unannounced, her house looks like a magazine shoot. Dust doesn’t even know where she lives. Pinterest exists so other moms can compete with her homemade costumes, repurposed furniture projects, and the 99 things she can do with blue Dawn and vinegar. She makes yoga pants look great and mastered the eight angle pose. She has time to play with her kids, she can do the math homework, and she never forgets bedtime prayers.

CONFESSION: I’m not THAT MOM. I’m this mom. My girls, Randi and Kelli, think hot dogs and mac and cheese are a nutritious meal, and the girl at the drive-thru knows my voice. This week’s mail is stacked on the counter, last week’s laundry is still in a laundry basket, and I’m not sure blue Dawn and vinegar can cut the mystery stain on my carpet. Pinterest depresses me. I tried yoga once, and I didn’t even know what an eight angle pose was until I googled “difficult yoga poses” a few minutes ago. I wish I’d played more when my girls were little. I quit helping with math homework about 6th grade. And…sometimes I forget bedtime prayers.

Now, I don’t dislike THAT MOM. I don’t wish a strong wind would carry my excess dust to her house or that she’d get stuck in downward facing dog for, oh, thirty minutes or so. No, in fact, sometimes I try to be THAT MOM, and I can do it…in spurts. Short-lived, well-intentioned spurts.

But sometime during my 20 years of momhood, I decided I’m okay with being this mom. Then something unexpected happened. I was freed of guilty clutter and able to do what a mom does best…love her kids!

So whether you’re THAT MOM or this mom, a new mom or an experienced mom, will you join me on The MOM Journey…where we don’t have to be perfect? Let’s learn from each other, laugh at ourselves, and do momhood together!

Check out the posts below and share your own mom wisdom, wonders, or confessions. I would love to send you The MOM Journey by email. Please enter your email address in the space to the right (below if you’re on a device).

FRIENDLY DISCLAIMER: All opinions in my blog are expressed with humility. I’m not an expert…just a mom trying to keep more tally marks in the win column than in the loss column.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!


From the blog

  • Hello, Threat. Come On In!

    Recently I made a special trip to Wal-Mart. Randi discovered her old Nintendo DS in her closet, the first major purchase she saved for all on her own when she was in 4th grade. She was excited to be reunited with a childhood friend and decided the occasion called for celebration–or at least a new […]

  • We Get What We Expect

    Last week I took my youngest daughter–my baby–on a college tour to her university of choice. We were both overwhelmed. Randi tried to imagine a new life on an unfamiliar campus with so many strangers. I tried to remember kindergarten screening…because wasn’t that just yesterday? As the student ambassador (Kelli) led us from building to building , […]

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    A strange phenomenon sometimes occurs inside my car. I, behind the wheel, concentrate on the road, intent on reaching our destination safely. My daughter, in the passenger seat, skips through 80’s music or scrolls through her Instagram feed. Then suddenly it happens. She begins to talk. Not the kind of talk where she just says […]

  • Is the Golden Rule Broken?

    I have a powerful secret. Years ago I shared it with my daughters, and now you can share it with your kiddos. This secret is so powerful it can control the mouths of middle school kids and harness the behavior of high school students. Though it only consists of words, it has the potential to ignite […]