My advice to my daughter…

October 15, 2014 0 Comments

This morning was disastrous.  I took my kids to get the flu shot…and let’s just say my daughter was not having it.  When we got into the car, I found myself doling out a lot of “life lessons.” I remember saying…”Giana, sometimes we have to do things in life…” I know for a fact she was […]

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“Amanda, I rolled my eyes {at you}…”

October 14, 2014 0 Comments

I read this email and exhaled.  It gave me even more strength to keep pressing forward. “Amanda, I have to admit, when I heard you were on an anti-bully campaign of sorts, I rolled my eyes… I did… because there are so many of those out there – but they just lecture the kids – […]

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“I hate drama.” Sure you do.

October 13, 2014 0 Comments

“I hate drama.” If that ever comes out of someone’s mouth – I can guarantee you 100% that they not only LOVE drama, but they are right in the middle of the storm. Because after all…has anyone ever said “Ooohh I LOVE drama!” Only those who love to stir the pot. Recently, I was having […]

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“Amanda, STOP BRINGING UP BULLYING.”

October 9, 2014 2 Comments

“Amanda, stop bringing up bullying.  Every time you post about it on Facebook all your doing is throwing a match on gasoline. Your part of the problem. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!” I got up from my desk.  Paced for a minute. Took a few deep breaths. Then I sat back down to respond… “Thank you for your […]

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“JUST IGNORE THEM” doesn’t work…

October 8, 2014 1 Comment

“They call me the worst names I have ever heard. My mom told me to ignore them but I don’t think it’s working.” That was in an email I got from a young girl tonight.  She is 12 and doesn’t want to go to school anymore because she is being bullied…bullied badly.  I wrote back […]

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“It’s Blarney, not baloney.”

September 30, 2014 0 Comments
“It’s Blarney, not baloney.”

“There is a world of difference between ‘Blarney’ and ‘baloney.’  Blarney is the varnished truth. Baloney is the unvarnished lie.  Blarney is flattery laid on just thin enough to like it.  Baloney is flattery laid on so thick we hate it.  I firmly believe that if the world had a little more Blarney and a […]

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Simpler. Happier.

September 28, 2014 2 Comments

The Sunday before we left for Ireland, I went to Mass at my church in Cedar Falls.  The homily instantly grabbed my attention.  The priest was talking about envy and jealousy…about keeping up with the “Joneses.”  He talked about how if our neighbor gets a new 65-inch TV, we feel the need to buy a […]

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There’s a reason it’s called Enchanting Ireland…

September 26, 2014 1 Comment
There’s a reason it’s called Enchanting Ireland…

I could write on and on about today.  But I think, pictures would be better.  We went to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to…the Cliffs of Moher.  We also went to Bunratty Castle for a traditional Medieval feasts.  Everything about today exceeded my expectations. And I was reminded that God […]

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“We’re going to have a lot of crack in Ireland.” Uh…what???

September 24, 2014 0 Comments
“We’re going to have a lot of crack in Ireland.” Uh…what???

“We are going to have a lot of crack in Ireland.” The bus went silent. I remember thinking… “What did he just say??!” Apparently…”crack” in Ireland means “fun.” lol…Good to know. Sleep never felt so good. After being up for 36 hours straight, I could have slept on a sidewalk and it would have been […]

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OHHHH O’HARE….You did it again…

September 23, 2014 1 Comment
OHHHH O’HARE….You did it again…

I am not a fan of Chicago O’Hare Airport. Ever since I was TRYING to fly out to Iowa in the Spring of 2013 for my interview at KWWL. Keyword is “trying.” I was stranded at O’Hare for 2 days. 2 days. No luggage. My phone charger was tucked away in my lost luggage. Hotels […]

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