This morning before 6am I have had coffee, read scripture, laid out clothes for Jaxon, and started writing. And this is what I call a slow morning. Why? I no longer have to rush to get ready and floor it to an office in Apex or Chapel Hill at a certain time. The kids do … Continue reading Why Do You Still Wake Up Early?
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Oh, Mama! I feel like I have hit the jackpot. I am pretty proud of myself! I have been searching for gifts that are meaningful, affordable, and are sure to … Continue reading Gift Guide of a Hot Mess Mama
Diary of a Hot Mess Mama has been a blessing to me, a ministry to other parents, a platform for growth, and, most importantly, a way for me to glorify God. This has been my baby, my mission, and my passion. I checked the stats today, as I do once a week, and discovered that … Continue reading Anyway in Any Way
Today I was gifted the most validating feedback. I made an impact with a reader. I felt that warm feeling of "being right". I was accepted. I was well-received. My heart sang. That may seem superficial, but the feeling brought so much gratitude and appreciation for growth. At a very young age I remember feeling … Continue reading Sit by Me
Today we searched for a new truck for my husband. He works so hard to provide for our family and he deserves a new vehicle. Also, his current truck is on its deathbed. It has been a good truck, nearly 300,000 miles good, but it is time to move on. We went to so many … Continue reading Searching, Worrying, and Milkshakes
Robert and I have been working with the boys on the difference between "I didn't do it" and "I didn't do it on purpose". They can say, "I made a mistake." That makes me proud! We talk about the importance of owning our truth and our actions. THE WHOLE HOUSE apologizes, admits fault, and hugs … Continue reading Call Me The Repo Man
I spoke with a mama-friend earlier this week and it dawned on me that her situation was totally different than my own, but I had no difficulty at all in identifying with what she shared. She told me that this blog meant a lot to her even though she had adult children. She said that … Continue reading How to Support Another Mama
Yesterday Robert and I joined 80-something other vendors at the annual Crafty Llama event at Divine Llama Vineyards. The event raises money for Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, which is a nonprofit that educates different members of the community to handle financial crises, build wealth, and become financially independent. We love this event and because … Continue reading Llamas, Mamas, and Eagles
In preparation for Halloween, we purchased costumes and candy bags. We mapped out where we were going to trick-or-treat. We chose our teammates for our mission. We were ready, y'all. Then came the news of tornadoes and rain. The kids began to feel sad and expressed disappointment. Less than 48 hours before Halloween my mom … Continue reading On a Dark and Stormy Night
There are lots of things I hope to accomplish as a mother and stepmother. One of those things was that I wanted to have the house that my kid's friends wanted to come to. I wanted to be the fun place to go, but I also wanted to know who the kids were around and … Continue reading Welcome!