Take a leap of faith!

Are you thinking about the changes you want to make in 2020? Are you considering your options and figuring out what’s manageable, what you can actually do, what you want to do?  In the spring of 2011, I was a stay-at-home mom to a first grader and a third grader. My days were spent trekking [...]

Inching toward the finish line…..

Today is my last day of classes for the fall 2013 semester. Where has the time gone?? I begin my final semester next month. Did I really just type that?  I remember my first day of school in fall 2011. I went to a writing class that is required for communications majors, after attending a [...]

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving….

I am thankful for my familyI am thankful for my friendsI am thankful for my loud but oh-so-lovable dogsI am thankful for my home and my great neighborhoodI am thankful for the opportunity to be in schoolI am thankful for the opportunities that have come my way as a result of my educationI am thankful [...]

Giving back……

I want to volunteer.  I want to do something that matters for others. I want to give back. I do work with the PTO at the elementary school and have been involved for six years, since my oldest was in kindergarten. In fact, I was recently a volunteer at the school's biggest fundraiser this past [...]

Another step forward

When I first went back to school two years ago, if someone had told me that I'd leave my family for six days to go to a public relations conference for students, I wouldn't have believed that person.  I am a homebody and I had only traveled by airplane twice before.  I like spending time [...]

The Elementary School Drop-off and Pick-up Woes!

Dismissal time from school—ask many moms who pick their children up and the stories will just start.  You’ll hear stories of people nearly getting hit people or of cars getting dinged.  You might hear stories about parents yelling at each other or using hand gestures to communicate their frustrations to each other.  You’ll hear about [...]

It’s amazing what brings me back…..

I was recently looking for some information on my university’s website.  As I was looking through the site, trying to find what I was researching, I came across the flow sheet for my major. I got goose bumps. Why, you wonder? When I was trying to apply to my university in the spring of 2011, [...]

Another school year done!

I am writing this just a few hours after submitting my final assignment of the semester--and of the school year!  It's amazing to me that two years ago, I embarked on this journey with a lot of excitement, a lot of fear and a lot of hope. I had no idea what to expect when [...]

The little scars left behind

Today is a bittersweet day. Today is my son's annual IEP meeting/3-year evaluation. It's our last at his current school. I am early for the meeting since I had to get the boys to school on time, so here I sit in my car, pondering what will happen during the meeting. I always go into [...]

Making a few edits to the blog

Just a few..... new address: focusingonthefab.wordpress.com.  I was starting to hate my previous address, as it was too long and too confusing, so I changed it up.  I decided not to buy a domain until I figure out if I really like this one. I changed the title to MomStudent Madness--a bit more fun.  I [...]