The Best Gift for Expecting Parents or Grandparents-To-Be

With all four of our kids being adults, two married and two engaged, and the fact that we will become grandparents for the first time this year, I am always looking for unique, useful items that can help create treasure memories that I wish had been available to me when I was expecting or when my boys were babies. One of the gifts I have gotten for one of our kids and that I have […] Read the Full Article »

The Demonizing of Addiction

Earlier today, I saw this image on my Facebook feed. Please excuse the colorful language in the image, it is not mine – I found it that way. Addiction is one of those things I have seen, up close and personal the majority of my adult life. There were times I felt that if there were an addict within a 20 mile radius, I was going to attract them. It all goes back to the […] Read the Full Article »

I Love You to the Moon and Back – Family Memories Then and Now

When my boys were little, there was a children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You, that featured the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back.” To this day, it’s one of those phrases that my boys and I share, often. Mostly by text and when we’re sending our daily good night messages. My boys will soon be 23-year-old young men, but they’ll always be my little boys. Wednesday, I went to lunch […] Read the Full Article »

Tragedy In the Heartland – Mental Illness and Depression are Real

Yesterday, my normal day was interrupted by a phone call from a friend who was attending a Veteran’s Day program at a small, local school that happened to be the school I attended, and one that my children attended most of their lives. When I saw his name on my phone, I knew instantly something was wrong. I answered, and straight away he said he noticed I was friends with a certain family on Facebook […] Read the Full Article »