What I Want to Say to the Person Who Stole Money From My Home

  I know what you’re going to say. You didn’t do it. It was someone else. It doesn’t matter that there’s not a shred of evidence that points to anyone but you. You will still deny it. You’re doing drugs. Again. You’re acting reckless. Again. I welcomed you back into our lives and you hurt … Continue reading What I Want to Say to the Person Who Stole Money From My Home

What Happens Next (and an update of sorts to My Hard Truth)

I’ve spent the last year learning what it means to trust myself in dark places. I don’t mean darkness in the sense of depression or danger. More like learning to feel my way through the dark without automatically reaching over to turn on a light and asking myself what I need to learn in this … Continue reading What Happens Next (and an update of sorts to My Hard Truth)

A Recovery Story on The Sisterwives Today

I'm a big fan of The Sisterwives and am always floored by the courage and fearlessness of the people who share their stories there. Now it's my turn and I'm both excited and a little nervous. I keep thinking... I needed to share this. What the hell am I doing? There are too many details. … Continue reading A Recovery Story on The Sisterwives Today

The Key Word is Redemption: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Garrison

Every so often I read a book that sticks with me, makes me remember where I came from and reminds me of the resiliency of the human spirit. Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption by Elizabeth Garrison is such a book. Elizabeth suffered unspeakable childhood abuse but what … Continue reading The Key Word is Redemption: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Garrison

Reverence

I managed 3 weeks without blogging. I’ve read some books, tried not to think too hard and wasted a little time on Facebook. I’ve had deep conversations with friends, hilarious ones with my kids and trick-or-treated like a boss. I even dressed up for Halloween, which I haven’t done since 1998. There’s definitely something in … Continue reading Reverence

I Thought It Was Only Me

When I was in my early 20's, I went through a very dark period in my life. It was like every bad thing that had ever happened finally caught up to me and I couldn't deny it any longer. I sank into a deep depression, thought often about dying and just about gave up on … Continue reading I Thought It Was Only Me

5 Lessons of Adversity I Hope Everyone Experiences

Life is hard. Even when life is really, really good, it’s hard. I’ve always been drawn to warriors who have lived hard lives because they’re the ones who will tell it like it is. They’ll tell you that the circumstances they’ve faced have beaten them down but that it’s a choice to stand back up. … Continue reading 5 Lessons of Adversity I Hope Everyone Experiences

Our Many Faces

April is Alcoholism Awareness Month, the purpose of which is to increase awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism. It’s the stigma and fear associated with it that often prevents people and their loved ones from seeking help. The word alcoholic makes people uncomfortable, both alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike. For me, … Continue reading Our Many Faces

Crazy Good Parent Guest Post

I was honored when Janice at Crazy Good Parent asked me to write a guest post. Crazy Good Parent is an encouraging site that tackles the unique challenges of parenting while coping with the various mental disorders and issues that many of us face. Rather than use the phrase “mental illness”, Janice refers to it … Continue reading Crazy Good Parent Guest Post

Night Terrors and Miracles

I love sharing insights that I’ve gained through sobriety, spirituality and parenting and I admit that I like to wrap things up in neat little packages. I don’t usually post until I’ve come to some sort of conclusion that I (and hopefully others) can learn from. I like finding meaning, lessons and most of all, … Continue reading Night Terrors and Miracles