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Where Joyful and Motherhood Intersect

The corner of Joyful and Motherhood is a beautiful place to be! Ever find that “joyful” and “motherhood” are going in two different directions? Crabby moms? Say it ain’t so! But, reality is that sometimes it is difficult to do all you need to do AND keep a smile on your face. Recently I came […]

Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

Working Bad to Good

– The car died in the middle of an intersection. The driver behind us? Got out, helped FishPapa push the car to a parking lot, and drove him to an auto parts store down the street. I imagined that he was 50 kinds of axe murderers and that I’d be widowed and stranded on a […]

The Best Laid Plans

My mom can testify to the fact that I’ve always been a planner. As soon as I could put pen to paper, I was writing down ideas for some big scheme. I suppose some might call me a dreamer. Not all my plans were anywhere in the realm of realistic. But, I like to dream […]

Counting the Days

Every day is a bank accountAnd time is our currencySo nobody’s rich, nobody’s poorWe get 24 hours eachSo how are you gonna spendWill you invest, or squanderTry to get aheadOr help someone who’s under Teach us to count the daysTeach us to make the days countLead us in better waysThat somehow our souls forgotLife means […]

Coming Clean, Day One

Hoping to make dreams a reality this month! As you know, last week was the last week of school. We’re taking a 6-7 week break before our new school year starts. I’ve made some plans for our summer vacation which include fun stuff to do with the kids and some cleaning and organizing goals for […]

FishMama’s Summer Plans

Summer vacation is a welcome relief to me. I know for some families it’s a challenging time to keep the kids occupied for three months, prompting parents to greet September (and Back to School) with open arms. For me, it’s the reverse. My work load lightens during the summer months as I put my teacher […]

Not So Random Acts…

I’ll never forget the day my neighbor Wendy showed up at the door with a lasagna and garlic bread. It was no special occasion. No new baby from the hospital. It was no trying or tragic time. There was no obvious need that she was filling. She just wanted to do it, she said. We […]