This Week: Instagram, Links, and Elsewhere


Fav Photo: The Boys Walking to Church

A Beautiful Sunrise

Training with Tech!
Regrammed by cbusmarathon with permission.

Fav Photo: Football!

You can follow me on Instagram: FireMom. What did you Instagram this week?


Some Saturday Links

What’s the best thing you read this week?



Did you write elsewhere this week?


I’m nursing some allergies and trying to pack for a business trip on Monday. I hope your weekend is great!

This Week: Instagram, Links, and Elsewhere


Favorite Photo: Me & My Dad

Oh, my family. We know how to party, no?

Art Time After School

What Motivates Me? Duh.
Regrammed by the cbusmarathon with permission.

More on the FitBit Flex on Monday

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Some Saturday Links

  • I Am Proud of Me by Sassymonkey. I am also proud of my friend, not just for running this summer but for writing the post and sharing her journey. She’s running the Army Run 5K tomorrow. Go wish her a good run.

  • Deconstructed Dinners by Amy at Family Feedbag. Uh, genius. I’ll definitely be using this idea in our next two week menu plan.

  • When the Dream Becomes Reality by Casey at Life with Roozle. I’ve felt that same way, enamored with the dream of what parenting could look like and shocked by the reality. For me, it was the difference between the dream and the reality of working from home. Yes, it’s great but, wow, it’s a lot of work.

  • The Simplicity {and Significance} of Saying I Love You by Sarah at Simple Mom. I kind of look at people who say that “I love you” loses meaning when you say it too much like they have two heads. We say it all day, everyday in this house because, no, words aren’t just words. I love (ha!) this post.

  • SNAP — We Must Do Better by Holli Long (also syndicated on BlogHer). I want to jump up on the soap box with her and start a round of applause, because she nailed it. I loathe the judgment we pass on those who use state assistance for food. I am especially angered when Christians sit in a Bible study and start ranting about those who use all of “their hard-earned money,” while I sit next to them, having been a woman who used food stamps once (and yes, we left that church). Maybe I feel the extra compassion for having been judged, or maybe I’m just following the example of what my faith is supposed to stand for, or maybe I’m just being a decent human being. Whatever the case, I love this post. Read it. Internalize it. And then listen to “Hands” by Jewel or something and go care for people, okay?




It’s a lovely, gray, rainy, cool day here today. Our big plans involve cleaning and relaxing and generally gearing up for another busy week that starts on Sunday and doesn’t stop until Friday evening. I hope you find some time to recharge this weekend!

This Week: Instagram, Links, and Elsewhere


My favorite photo in this collage: Batman Spelling Words

The best Throwback Thursday EVER

What I Wear While Running: GREEN
Regrammed by cbusmarathon with permission.

Favorite photo in this collage: The three I love the most, so happy on the bumper cars
Hooray for Cedar Point!


Seven Saturday Links

  • The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible Fitspiration Photos by Kevin at ReEmbody. While everything in this post is spot on true, it’s also flipping hilarious. My favorite? Central heating is for quitters! FITNESS!! YEAH!

  • WFMAD Day 11: Do Writers Need an Internet Platform? by Laurie Halse Anderson. Lots of great advice about cutting the time you spend “building your online platform” and, you know, writing. Like this gem:

    I suspect that a lot of new writers put energy into their internet presence because it feels like a constructive thing to do and it is much easier than working on their book. Because writing books is hard. Writing books is so hard that it dredges up all of our anxieties and insecurities and it makes us feel small and scared and lonely.

  • Public High School in Oakland by Gabrielle at Design Mom. When the new Ohio Report Cards came out for schools, I got a bit verklempt about our scores, especially when I knew that some people in my life would look at our school district’s grades and feel somehow superior. I almost immediately shook that feeling, and this post, several weeks later, explains why I place absolutely no faith in the scoring of school districts. At all.

  • Where Slow Runners Are Made Fun Of by Amanda at There Are 2 Sides. Reading this post upset me, because while I have had great, inclusive, awesome experiences with the running community, I’ve also had at least one run in with a running snob. If my slow running (or, as another example that ticks me off: my underwear lines!) during a race are bothering you, you’re doing it wrong. As I tell my sons: Worry about yourself. I? Got this. Underwear lines, slow pace and all.

  • It’s Always What You Don’t Anticipate by Sarah at Toddler Summer. So much of parenting is about the stuff you don’t know to worry about or anticipate or plan for in any way. I remember this one.

  • Adios to Summer Running by Jessica at Keeping Mommy Sane. Oh yes. If you love Grease and you hate summer running, this post is for you. With a run in 58 degree weather yesterday, I’m happy again! HOORAY!

  • Dear Writers: Success Is Mattering to Someone by Kyran at BlogHer. As someone struggling to push past some self-doubt on things like word choice and count… as someone struggling to remind herself that success means simply writing it in the first place, this post was well timed.

    You don’t have to be the next big thing to be a success in writing, or in anything else. You just have to make the next thing that matters to someone and go on to make the next thing after that. One thing that matters after the other, for as long as you can. That’s work anyone can be proud of.



Family Rules


Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

This Week: Instagram, Links, & Elsewhere


Favorite Photo in This Collage: Me & My Nephew!

Where I Run
Regrammed, with permission, by cbusmarathon on Instagram.

Favorite Photo in This Collage: Reading Boys!
Curious about the books? Check out our September library haul.

Posted in: Making the Most of the Evening Hour(s).

Soccer Season!

You can follow me on Instagram: FireMom. I love liking your photos and posting our daily life!


Seven Saturday Links

  • More Rim (Yosemite) Fire Pictures by Katie at Fire Wife Katie. If you haven’t been following the Rim Fire, a) you should be, and b) you need to view Katie’s husbands pictures. I am praying for the firefighters and all people involved in trying to beat back this monster.

  • Professor C Bodin Matters to Boys Too by His Feminist Mama. Our female LEGO characters are things like cheerleaders and mermaids. My boys need and deserve strong female characters, even when they’re “just” playing with bricks. Their inclusion does benefit girls, but it also benefits our boys.

  • When I Ask for Help by Beth Morey. Please go leave a comment of support for Beth, and if you are the praying type, please commit to praying for her as she fights a tough battle with depression right now.

  • On (Not) Blogging About Matters of the Heart by Carly Findlay. I really relate to the very first sentence and have been struggling with the balance for awhile:

    The more I blog, the more I keep to myself.

  • Why Are the Majority of Children’s Books Still About White Boys? by Soraya Chemaly at Role Reboot. As the mom of two white boys who are thriving and happy readers, this is a question I find myself faced with as they move from picture/story books to chapter books and series. I found it much easier to provide them with diversity in character, gender, race, and family makeup in the earlier days. I’m struggling now, though the boys don’t (always) balk at series with girls. I’m working on that as we continue forward.

  • Hating on the Poor Is SO Funny! (Let’s Make an Ecard!) by The Family Pants. When I watch people on Facebook — people I love and care about and even respect — share “funny” eCards about working hard to pay for lazy people’s iPhones, I think back to when I was on assistance and Level III bed rest. It stings. I will never lose that sting, and maybe that’s okay because I want to raise children who understand and respect the complex issues surrounding poverty and human beings.

Made By the Family Pants

  • Stop Giving It All or Nothing by Kristen at Dine & Dish. Alternate title: How Training for a Half Marathon Made Me Hate Running. Right? I think we all hit that point once (or twice… or more) during any given training season. I’ve hit mine and moved past it (I hope) with the Columbus Half, but I totally get it. I’m already looking forward to the end of November and all of December when running can just be for running’s sake again. You know, before the next training season begins.

What was the best thing you read this week?



What was the best thing you wrote this week?


I hope you’re having a great weekend. Soccer season starts into full swing with our first games tomorrow! Hooray!

This Week: Instaweek, Links & Elsewhere



A Beautiful Sunset

Working at the Library


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Some Saturday Links

What Back to School in Newtown, Connecticut Feels Like by Kathykate. I wish I didn’t have to feature that post this week; I wish it didn’t have to be written. I shared earlier in the week that the parade of happy back-to-school photos on Facebook happens to be my favorite Facebook-season. After reading this post, I can’t imagine what it felt like for those who endured the tragedy last December.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies by Lindsay at Suburban Turmoil. OMG. We can have bananas in our house again!

Bill Waterson: A Cartoonists’ Advice by Gavin Aung Than at ZenPencils. If you know me and my family, you know of our deep love of Calvin & Hobbes. This post touches on creator Watterson’s work, life and advice including an important discussion on success, fatherhood, and what’s really important. I love it so hard.



In featuring another great post, I shared some of my own thoughts on partners being connected to the baby.

I am thrilled to announce that I am an Instagram Ambassador for the Columbus Marathon. You can follow my training on Instagram (FireMom) as well as the other ambassadors via the #cbusmarathon hashatag. The Columbus Marathon on Instagram will also be re-gramming our weekly photos as well as including them on a weekly post on their blog. I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to participate in this program!


I hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

This Week: Instagram, Links and Elsewhere

Instaweek on Instagram

Another Beautiful Sunset

Fav Pic in This Collage: BB & Me on His First Day

A Sunset During a Run

Fav Pic in This Collage: Me & LB On His First Day

LB Needs a New Rain Coat

{Note: Since Instagram now allows embedding of video, I may officially abandon Vine. Also, Hi! Follow me on Instagram: FireMom.}


Six Saturday Links

{Note: I happily share these six links that moved me this week, but I want to apologize for being a bad blog reader/commenter this week. The whole “my baby went to Kindergarten” combined with finding our Back to School groove threw me off a little bit. If you wrote something awesome, please leave a link below. I’d love to read it.}

  • Vanilla Creme Cookie Sandwiches by Joanne at Eats Well with Others. Our youngest loves vanilla. Me too. And as Joanne says in this recipe, vanilla is never boring. We’ll be making these very soon!

  • Lessons from the Last Drops of Milk by Beth at Paper Doll Tales. A beautiful, so-very-true piece on motherhood that made me sniffle and nod and comment. And yes, I’ve stolen the last sip of a child’s day old milk in the fridge.

  • No More Parenting on the Sidelines: Things I Want My Kids to Know by Jessica at Longest Days. I featured this on BlogHer this week and it wins my Favorite Feature of the Week Award. We want so much for our children, but sometimes I wonder if we’re stopping to think about what all of that entails. I love her points. Here’s one of my favorites as an example:

    I never want them to believe they can do everything. No person can do everything. Instead I want them to learn how to live the life they were meant to live. And then live that life to the fullest.

  • Random Thoughts on Responsibility by Kimberly Hosey at Arizona Writer. I’ve been there — maybe not in the desert, but on an Ohio road. That realization that you don’t really want to run away with anyone else but your family is an important one.

  • One Day My Daughter’s Story Will Trump My Own by Rebecca at Sea Glass & Other Fragments. Yes. This. My daughter and my sons. This.

  • Your Happiness Is Not My Responsibility by Renee at FIMBY. Not even our kids’ happiness, you guys. It’s so true. Really, this is a must-read, especially if you’re dealing with grumpy people lately. Like whoa.

    One of the things that can hinder us moms and women from opening ourselves up to experiences where we are stretched in terms of hospitality and friendship, is the false notion that we are responsible for everyone’s happiness.

{Did you read something else great this week? Will you share it with me in the comments?}



Brothers, Back to School


We have a busy Saturday and a busy Sunday ahead of us. Life doesn’t stop for weekends. Be well.