Generous Monday (10-8-18)

Hi friends.

We found snow this weekend! Can you see Lucy’s little snowman? Most of the snow is melted by now, but it sure was beautiful.

There is a quote I have been thinking about.

“Never suppress a generous thought.” Camilla Kimball

I really love this. So many times I will have the thought to call someone or to help a stranger in the store or to do something for someone, but I often push those thoughts aside. Why? Because I think, “Who needs me? I’m sure they are doing just fine. They don’t really need me to send that text or write that email or make that call”.

But the truth of it is, who am I to say what they need or don’t need? I don’t know what anybody else is going through or what kind of day they are having. Hearing from me might be exactly what they need.

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. Wouldn’t we be happier if we all nurtured kind and generous thoughts? I know I am a happier person when I am thinking kindness rather than putting someone down. So, I am going to try harder to “never suppress a generous thought”.

I love you and hope you know that.



Monday Trying (10-1-18)

Hello and happy Monday.

I am enjoying a cool, rainy day. It’s such a nice change from our typical hot weather. I’d love to go for a hike or a bike ride or take my kids to the park, but honestly, I don’t have it in me. It is so hard for me to do anything, really. I just want to curl up and not move. I’m trying to figure out why. Fatigue is a constant battle for me, but it’s more than just fatigue. I feel like I’m barely functioning. Not sure what to do about that. I guess just keep trying.

To everyone who is struggling, hang in there. Don’t give up. Keep trying. Keep going. Keep moving.

I try so hard to tell myself this. I try so hard to push myself on. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. At least I’m trying.

Hang in there, friend. Life can be hard but you are strong. I am strong. We are stronger than we think.

Please, have a good week. Try to find the good, and find someone to do something for.



Monday Steps (9-24-18)

Hello and happy Monday!

I hope it’s been a good day. It’s been an off day for me. But I saw something that gives me courage. It said “small steps everyday”.

This may be simple but it gives me hope without being overwhelming. Just a little bit each day. I can do that. I hope you can too.

Have a great week taking small steps everyday.



Precious Monday (9-17-18)

Hi friends,

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support with the publication of my book, Hey Cupcake. Your support was overwhelming. I truly appreciate it.

I had the opportunity this weekend to attend a friend’s funeral. It was a beautiful reminder of how precious life is. It has led me to think about the life of my brother in law, Geoff. I remember a time when he was really sick with cancer, close to the end. Geoff had cancer in his throat, so talking was extremely challenging. I was alone with him for a short time and he asked me for help. He went to lay down and I was able to give him a blanket and bring him some tissues. That quick moment means so much to me. It was such a small and simple act, barely worth noticing, but I was so happy to have even that opportunity to serve him. And what made it all the more meaningful because, despite how hard it was to speak, he told me thank you. And the night before he passed he gave me a “Bye Kenna.” I will always remember that moment because his words were few and precious at that time. He gave me a wonderful gift of saying goodbye.

I didn’t intend to, but here I sit with tears running down my face. Like I said, life is precious and so are my family and friends. Let’s make today and this week a great one. Challenges come, days can be hard, life is stressful. But there is so much good in life. We can still be happy through our sufferings. We can find peace and love. We might have to look hard and get creative but it’s there. There is good all around us, just like Geoff telling me thank you and goodbye.

I hope we can all find the good this week and remember how precious life is.



Monday News (9-10-18)

Guess what? I have big, Big, BIG news. My book, that I have been working on publishing, is now available on Amazon!

Hey Cupcake is a chapter book for young readers. It’s about four cousins who enter a baking competition together. After a disagreement they decide to enter separately. But after struggling on their own they put their differences aside and work together to create amazing cupcakes worthy of a blue ribbon.

This book was so fun to write. I used experiences that my daughter had with her cousins as inspiration. My whole family is in the book with my Lucy being one of the main characters.

Check it out and buy a copy, or two, on Amazon. I also have an ebook version. Find it here:

I hope you enjoy my book!



Monday Memories (9-3-18)

Happy Labor Day! How are you today? I hope you’re enjoying a day off. My kids were asking the origins of Labor Day. We thought it was a day when the farmers were done with the harvest and took a day before sending their kids off to school. It was actually that the trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. But, we talked about school and how it used to start after Labor Day and how we didn’t get a fall break. I told the kids about when I lived in Idaho and we didn’t have spring break we had spud harvest. We took a week off school in the fall so the farmers could harvest their potatoes. I told my kids about how I remember going through the potato fields after it was harvested and picked up potatoes that were missed. I remember my mom telling me to put a potato down because it wasn’t a potato, it was a rock. To this day I believe it was a potato but my mom only wanted the big ones and wasn’t interested in the rock sized ones.

It’s funny the things we remember. Sometimes we have a good experience and I hope my children will remember it. And sometimes I blow my top over something they did, something probably minor, and hope that they will forget it happened.

We were talking today about Halloween and remembering the different costumes we have been. One year Damon and I dressed up as Jack and Wendy from the Jack in the Box and Wendy’s restaurants. Those were great costumes. One year Damon was a whoopee cushion but he does not remember it at all! Memories are funny.

I think one of the most important things for us to remember is that we are loved and we are not alone. There are so many people out there who care about us. Me. You. I hope on your hard days you can remember that. Remember that I love you and care about you. Remember that you are of worth. Remember that you are not alone.



Monday love (8-27-18)

“When it’s within our power to give love, we should never withhold it.”

I’m using this quote in reference to ourselves. How often do you find yourself not loving yourself? I find myself doing this all too often. Loving yourself can be hard to do when you’re too hard on yourself. But what’s the solution? How do you find the balance between healthy motivation and being outright unkind to yourself? This is a balance I can’t seem to get right. When should I push myself to do more and when should I be more forgiving?

Today’s one of those days where I just can’t forgive myself for the lack of all the things I should be doing. I’m trying to tell myself to take a day and get back to work tomorrow. It’s hard. I just don’t want to do anything. And I can’t make myself push through. So, I pulled out my favorite book and have been reading all day. Let’s hope tomorrow is better. I did get a new outfit I ordered in the mail today. That’s motivation to at least get dressed!

I’m not trying to be down, just trying to be real. We all have days. We all need to show more love to ourselves. So, feel free to have left overs for dinner and give yourself time with your favorite outlet. I know I am.

Have a good week and be kind to yourself.