Hopeless Kindergartener Transforms to Extraordinary Graduate: Expectations Matter

Michael at themailbox on first day of Kindergarten and High School Graduation Day

635 ViewsI’m an ordinary girl living an extraordinary journey.  Some people call it luck.  Others say I’m very blessed.  I believe both of those things to be true. But they aren’t the main ingredients in my secret sauce of climbing out of the hopeless pit and into a hope fueled journey. Let’s explore, shall we? First, let’s talk ordinary.  I …

If life is handing you crap, what did you expect?

Michael as a baby, big laugh, and wearing his wire rimmed round frame glasses

210 ViewsI have always had a healthy (arguably unhealthy) amount of optimism.  I tend to be deliriously optimistic most days.  It is not always a good thing – just ask the folks that I have kept waiting because I was so optimistic that traffic would be light.  But in terms of life goals and moving forward despite the BS that …

One Mom’s peaceful vacation picture is another Mom’s worst nightmare…

small boat with thtree people on a peacful ocean at nearly sundaown. Orange sky very low golden sun

209 ViewsHope.  Merriam-Webster.com defines hope as “expectation of fulfillment or success.”  Expectation… Success… you can see why I have this “thing” with hope, right?  Interestingly, hope always seems to be portrayed/associated with light and light filled things and peaceful stuff… but I also envision hope as strength and muscles and such.  After all, in my world, hope has to carry …

The Birthday invite we will never forget.

Mith in front of the goalb all gym atOlympic Training Center

435 ViewsThe 16th birthday. The Holy Grail for teens – am I right or am I right? For teens across the country, the 16th birthday means cool vibes and all the feels as they get to finally (in their minds anyway) have independence, freedom, etc etc etc because…. drum roll… they get to earn the highly coveted driver’s license (cymbal …

The Miraculous Moment Instagram Caused…

Smedley and Hueners Families standing together on a bright sunny day

208 ViewsMiracles are an interesting thing to me. I used to think that a miracle was like a “walk on water” kind of thing – when the impossible is suddenly possible. But as I got older, I guess as I became a Mom, I realized miracles come in all shapes and sizes. For me, a miracle is not alwys a …