So many titles & job roles as MOM!  While there are many subtitles of being a mom – these tend to be the ones I wear the most! Check out each category for some of the latest posts – or look below for all posts MOM! It really is the best title in the world!

SCHOOL MOM:  Every wonder when you will need to use those Algebra skills?  When your kids take algebra. By the third boy I should remember how.  Toughest time?  Three boys at three different schools.

ORGANIZED MOM:  Keeping it all straight & not losing anything (or anyone) is a superpower. Three schools. Three different PTA, PTSA, Booster organizations. Two adults working shift schedules. Sports activities. School Activities.  Keeping the house straight with tips and tricks I learned from my own Grandma.

BAND MOM: Trumpet, percussion, and percussion. Friday night lights in this house focus around the halftime show of the marching band. Did you know they actually keep playing football after the band performs? Craziness.  Brings me back to my own high school days when I was on the football field performing with the Color Guard.  I can still twirl that flag.

SPORTS MOM: Hockey Goalie Mom. Swimming. Diving. Golf. So much laundry.  So many games.  So many practices.  If we aren’t playing we are watching Chicago Sports: Blackhawks. Cubs. Bears. Bulls.  Heard chatter that we have another baseball team, too.

GEEK MOM:  IN THIS HOUSE:  We feel the force.  We wait patiently at age 11 for an owl.  We can assemble.  I even know the difference between Captain America, Hawkeye, Star-Lord, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Thor. When we ask about Dr. Who we are not seeking clarification.  These little gamers have grown up on Mario, Minecraft, Xbox – but I can still claim victory on the Nintendo NES system Super Mario Brothers.

HEART MOM:  Heart Mom is a title worn with pride.  Baby Boy #3 diagnosed in-utero at the 20-week ultrasound which gave us 16 weeks to research & prepare for his arrival (that’s right – he decided to arrive 4 weeks early).  His official diagnosis is currently Shones Complex with aortic and mitral valve defects, s/p coarctation repair.  Two heart surgeries down, more to go as he grows.   Hoping science advances faster than him to allow for less invasive procedures.

They Need to Eat:  For some reason, these children want to eat three meals a day, EVERY day. So I attempt to nourish them when my amazing husband isn’t home to cook.  Ask my boys what they eat when dad is on shift?  Spaghetti.  The revolt occurred in 2016 and I can only make that every other month.  I am getting more creative.  Thank you, Pinterest.

Camp Odayin 2023: Summer Camp (and more!) for Heart Warriors

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Number One Birth Defect: Congenital Heart Defect

That title may sound shocking. The truth is that nearly 1 in 100 babies born each day have a congenital ...
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Social Distancing Party

These are crazy times. Normal life vs. Pandemic. How do we celebrate our milestones and still protect each other, our ...
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Covid-19 Return to Classroom Plans for our College, High School, and Junior High kids

The posts on Facebook say it all. Team "they must go back" and Team "keep them online" keep flooding my ...
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Filling a Freezer: Family Farm Beef Purchase

I have spent decades supporting Farm Aid. I shop farmers' markets in the summers and, for the most part, keep ...
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Pandemic Photo Shoot

These last few months have been weird. There's school but it's all online. We work (both essential workers) but once ...
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Class of 2020: Senior Year Quarantined

I had *really* high hopes for 2020. January did not start out how I had hoped and really planned for ...
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Distance Learning Begins

Tomorrow our spring break is "officially" over. Normally there is a mix of "I can't wait to go back & ...
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Shutterfly Photo Storage for Mobile Uploads

I have over 649 photos on my iPhone (I know, not an earthshattering number, but it’s a lot for me!) ...
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Instant Pot Egg Bites

I have the worst sweet tooth in the morning. My go-to breakfast is usually something sugar-based such as a donut, ...
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