You Are Not Alone, Bitch

Posted by idawrites on May 27, 2010 in All Moms, Decisions, Family |

Some of the most important words of my adult life are right there in that title.  Those words are said by me… and by my Chosen Sisters… so often that I’ve forgotten who said them first.  They’re said through laughter, tears, hugs, smiles, and even through clenched teeth.  It’s our slogan.  Our ward.  It’s also the one thing we […]


Getting Started Getting It All

Posted by idawrites on May 19, 2010 in Decisions, Getting It All, Transitions |

I’ve heard a lot of people over the years talking about Having It All.  You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who sound like the guy on the middle of the night infomercial selling The Chopper… YOU TOO CAN HAVE IT ALL –  ORDER MY PROGRAM AND WITH JUST 42 SIMPLE STEPS  YOU […]


Planning for the light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by idawrites on April 15, 2010 in Budgeting, Decisions, Finance |

To say that the last few years has been difficult financially would be like saying that there was a little bit of rain at my parents’ house last September. Now that Mark has a new job that he LOVES and things are going to be settling back to “normal”, we’re all starting to get excited. […]


Don’t Waste Your Time On Should Haves

Posted by idawrites on August 28, 2009 in Decisions, Frugal Tips |

Yesterday, I revealed a dirty little secret. I am easily distracted. I was surprised to learn that most of my friends suffer from the exact same problem. Alicia calls it Information Overload and suspects that we’ll end up with a text book diagnosis before too long. Manually induced ADD. It’s coming. You read about it […]


Book Review – The Noticer

Posted by idawrites on April 27, 2009 in Book Review, Decisions |

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is the first book in a long time that I have read from cover to cover in one day. In the style of a favorite uncle telling fables on the front porch, the stories are shallow, enjoyable, and don’t require a lot of hard thinking. I loved this book and it […]


Going Back – No More Fishing

Posted by idawrites on April 4, 2009 in Decisions, Family, Goals |

Stop me if you’ve heard this one! A guy is speeding down the highway when he’s pulled over by a police officer. As the officer approaches the car, the guy rolls down his window and asks the officer “Officer, I was not going any faster than any of the other dozens of cars that I […]


The Obligatory New Year Resolution Post

Posted by idawrites on January 2, 2009 in Decisions, Dinner Topic, Goals, Planning |

For the last several years, our New Years dinner topic has been “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” Sierra’s answer has been the same every single time. “Nothing. I love my life just the way it is.” I think I’m going to take half a page from her book this year. I’m not making big […]


One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

Posted by idawrites on December 9, 2008 in Debt, Decisions, Emergency Fund, Money |

Thanks for everyone who stuck it through with me during my absence. Life has been very crazy here and we’ve just been working on getting back to normal. For just a glimpse of our week, I bring you the Minivan O Doom Saga: Back in January, I wrote that I paid off my minivan 9 […]


We’re NOT Enablers!

Posted by idawrites on November 7, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Family, Money |

As parents, we have a lifetime of moments to, not only live our beliefs, but to teach them to our children. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we succeed. Other times, we succeed BY failing. Last week was just one of those moments. Brittany called Mark from college. As all college aged offspring (not children, because they’re grown) […]


Big Scary World – Revisited

Posted by idawrites on September 3, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Dinner Topic |

This is a repost of an entry from January, when my blog had no readers except my husband and best friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to comment. The setup: Every night, our family sits together at the dinner table. There are very few exceptions to this rule. There are […]

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