Home…

I don’t own a house, but I have a home.

A home filled with laughter, love, encouragement and forgiveness.

It’s a place where I can let my guard down and just be me.

I can cry when I’m sad and dance when I’m happy.

Hugs and kisses are abundant and free.

No, I don’t have a house, but I have something that no amount of money can buy—a home.

I don't need to own a house to have a home

Today…

Today I’m explaining to KidFish where the sun goes at night time.
Today I’m taking KidFish to the farmer’s market to let her taste how delicious ripe summer fruits can be.
Today I’m encouraging KidFish to be generous with her toys.
Today I’m celebrating with KidFish when she puts on her own shoes (even if they’re on the wrong feet).

Some might call this “raising a child.”
It’s not.
I’m not raising a child.
I’m raising a woman.

A woman who knows that the world does not revolve around herself.
A woman who lives a healthy lifestyle and takes care of her body.
A woman who joyfully shares what has been given to her.
A woman who is confident, works-hard and knows the satisfaction of a job well done.

KidFish might look like a little girl, but in reality she is a woman-in-training.

Mine is.

In fact, the dishes have overflowed onto the counter and even onto the stove!

No matter how hard I try, no matter how many dishes I wash, there are always more dirty dishes.

I get frustrated. I cry. Sometimes I just want to throw all the dishes away and eat off paper plates for the rest of my life.

That’s when I stop, take a breath and say to myself “Do not be upset that I have dishes to wash. Be happy that I have food to eat.”

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that I am really blessed.

Do not be upset that you have dishes to wash. Be happy that you have  food to eat.

Feelings vs. Actions

It’s okay to feel sad.
It’s okay to feel angry.
It’s okay to feel jealous.
It’s okay to feel frustrated.
It’s okay to feel lonely.
It’s okay to feel insecure.
It’s okay to feel anxious.
It’s okay to feel scared.

There are no wrong feelings. There are, however, wrong actions.

We cannot control our feelings, but we CAN control our actions.

Maturity is doing the right thing despite how we feel.

Maturity is doing the right thing despite how we feel.

“Why?” is my favorite question.

“Why?” is the key to wisdom, insight and understanding.

This summer, the movie “Maleficent” answered two decades old questions:

1. “Why did a witch curse a little baby causing her to fall into a deep sleep after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday?”

and

2. “Why can the curse only be broken by true love’s kiss?”

I love a good origin story, and to celebrate, I’ve turned my minimalist Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – inspired poster into a printable iPhone cover…and it’s absolutely FREE!

Simply print it, cut it, insert it and you’re ready for action.

They’re designed to fit a clear case like this one for the iPhone 5/5s  or this one for the iphone 4/4s(You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print these files)

Download the iPhone 5/5s version or the iPhone 4/4s version. Enjoy!

Free Sleeping Beauty Aurora iPhone cover printable

Copying gets a bad rap. Not all copying is bad.

Copying test answers? Bad.
Copying kindness? Good.
Copying swear words? Bad.
Copying healthy eating habits? Good.

Everyone copies. That’s how we learn.

I copy and so does my daughter. KidFish copies my words, my mannerisms, even my laugh. Unfortunately, she also copies things like talking with her mouth full and picking fries instead of vegetables.

Although I can’t control WHAT KidFish copies, I CAN give her plenty of opportunities to copy good behavior.

Want KidFish to be polite? Be polite.
Want KidFish to be generous? Be generous.
Want KidFish to stop watching so much TV? Stop watching so much TV.
Want KidFish to be patient? Be patient.

It’s not always that simple or easy, but it’s a good place to start.

Kids do what we do