Only One – Lonely One?


I’m feeling a little reminiscent today, so I’m dusting off this post I wrote back in January for Being the parent of an only child can sometimes cause feelings of guilt and regret. Take a look at my story and see if you can relate. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Only One – Lonely One?

I had planned to have more children but, as it so often does, life got in the way. Troubles in my marriage, a financial hardship, and a serious injury thrown in for good measure pushed that dream out of reach.  Instead of a sibling, I’ve spent most of her life trying to mold her into a strong, independent woman who is as comfortable being alone as she is in a crowd.

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Spending & Saving: Teaching My Daughter About Money


Handling your finances can be challenging and scary. When you’re a kid, you think “money grows on trees” and when you need more “you just go to the bank and get some.” How wonderful would that be?!

From the moment they’re old enough to understand, we bribe and reward and encourage good behavior with the promise of money.

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Spending & Saving: Teaching My Daughter About Money

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Only One – Lonely One?


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With only a few remnants of my daughter’s childhood remaining in her Barbie-pink bedroom, it’s hard for me to find the right words to express my feelings on this night before she literally moves into adulthood. It’s so unlike me to get all teary-eyed at the thought of Lanie growing up and moving out, but here I am with tears on my cheeks. Every mother, at one time or another, worries that she hasn’t given her child all the tools needed to lead a happy, successful life, away from her protection. My cross to bear is buried a little deeper in the regret that I never gave her a sibling.

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We Invited My Daughter’s Boyfriend to Move In

We Invited My Daughter’s Boyfriend To Move In

Close up of a welcome mat in front of an inviting house

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We Invited My Daughter’s Boyfriend to Move In

When my husband suggested three years ago that we invite our only child’s boyfriend to move in, I think I must have been high on cleaning product fumes, because I said, “Sure. Why not?”

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