First World Problems: Running

Recently, my son and I made a trip to North Carolina so he could spend some time with his dad. We were both excited about the warmer weather and change of scenery. We started our drive on Friday afternoon and arrived at our hotel 5 long hours later. How we made it from Charleston to Charlotte without stopping for food or bathroom breaks took a considerable amount of determination on both our parts, especially while we took turns complaining about [...]

March 8th, 2018|Counseling, First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Stuff

  My son’s birthday is tomorrow. He can’t wait to be 4. He’s excited about starting preschool and playing sports and getting taller. He cheers when he’s outgrown a pair of shoes. He loves to look at his growth chart on the wall in our laundry room. Each night he stands on his little blue step stool as he brushes his teeth and makes faces at himself in the mirror saying to me, “Mommy, I will be taller than you [...]

January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Curiosity

The weekend before Labor Day I surprised my son with a trip to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. I packed our bags, loaded the car and strapped my little man into his car seat. I handed him the iPad and mentally prepared myself to listen to the TROLLS movie soundtrack on repeat. Off we went. The fourth time I heard Poppy and Branch sing Can’t Stop the Feeling!, I made up new words. I got this feeling, inside my [...]

September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Pain, Pain Go Away

Coffee. It’s a morning staple. Part of my daily routine. I don’t even have to think about what I’m doing. My body just instinctively goes to the pantry, retrieves the bag of ground up goodness, scoops it into the filter, and pours the water. Then I wait while the smell of coffee gradually fills my kitchen. Just a whiff of the aromatic brew can perk my senses. How do I feel when there is no coffee? Depresso. Just [...]

July 27th, 2017|Counseling, First World Problems|0 Comments

First World Problems: Watery Eyes

Around this time last year my best friend and I were shopping at a Target in Houston. She was in Texas to receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson and I was there to offer moral and emotional support. We visited the store to stock up on essentials for her 5 week stay. The first stop - seasonal dollar items located within steps of the store entrance. Yes, we absolutely need magnets, plastic tumblers, and heart shaped notepads. What [...]

May 26th, 2017|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Dry Shampoo

  Sunday mornings. I mean every single Sunday morning. It doesn’t matter if we have 3 hours to get ready or 30 minutes. My son and I are still late for church. He wants something else to eat. His underwear doesn't match his socks. We can’t find the other shoe. The tag on his shirt is itchy. He wants to wear his pajamas to church today because “Jesus loves me the way I am.” It’s a little hard [...]

April 24th, 2017|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Superheroes

My son was born with an umbilical hernia. It’s a common condition in premature and underweight babies. Umbilical hernias are not usually serious but if the hernia doesn’t heal on its own over time, medical intervention may be required. Three weeks ago I sat in the waiting room of a pediatric surgeon’s office. I had anticipated this day for the past 3 years. I knew it was coming, but I wasn’t looking forward to it. My son’s hernia [...]

March 21st, 2017|Counseling, First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: To Do Lists

I’m a list maker. I always keep a To Do list. I keep one for work tasks and one for personal use. I love to check things off my list once they’re complete. It makes me feel productive and accomplished. For the last 8 weeks “write a First World Problems post” has been on my work list. Each Monday I stare at it and think, What can I write about? What has happened or inspired me in the [...]

February 20th, 2017|Counseling, First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Elf on the Shelf

Three days before Thanksgiving, I sent a text to my best friend. She has four kids, ages 14 to 2. Besides my own mom, she’s my best parenting resource. Me: I’m thinking this would be a good year to get an Elf on the Shelf! Her: Me: Come on! It can’t be that bad. It seems like so much fun!Her: Nope. Don’t do it. Wait as long as you possibly can. You’ll see. Me: Nonsense! (followed by a [...]

December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Village People

Rambunctious. I’d say that’s a good word to describe my son. The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is true in my case. I’m guessing most parents can relate. Earlier this month I participated in a two-day Motivational Interviewing training class taught by KPCC at Christ Church in downtown Charleston. My dad generally watches my son while I’m working, but on this particular day he was unavailable. As such, he enlisted the help of [...]

November 23rd, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments