go ahead and nominate me

Some of you thought I deserved Mother of the Year for letting my girls play hooky from school Monday. Heck, if I knew that’s all it took to be a Good Mom in your eyes, I’d share my “successes” more often.

Like today (Tuesday) for example. Livi came in the door from the bus stop and the first words out of her mouth–“Were you home all day? Because I forgot my lunch! I tried to call you five times and you never answered! I had to borrow money!”


I have plenty of excuses. No, I wasn’t home all day. I was gone for an hour. Of course, it wasn’t the hour she tried to call. I was here then. Nina even tried to answer the phone, and I told her, “Just let it ring. No one calls our home phone unless they want our money. Money that a.) I realize is overdue but I will give them as soon as we get a check in the mail or b.) I will never give them, because I can only support so many charitable causes at one time, and frankly, theirs isn’t that high on my priority list.”

I didn’t actually say all that to my three-year-old, but it was implied.

And no, we don’t have caller ID. And no we don’t have an answering machine. And yes, my daughter now has my cell phone number memorized. Thank you.

And you might still want to nominate me for MOTY, because the ravioli my daughter ate at school? Was the first school lunch she has eaten in her four years of public school. That’s right. I may not answer my phone when my children are in need, but they go to school with lovingly packed lunches (or leave them by the coat rack on their way to the bus).

And I’m really dreading tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon when I pick the girls up 2 hours early from school so I can drop them off at their grandparents’ and drive to a speaking engagement in Maumee. Hooky twice in one week is pushing it.

Speaking of, you’re still invited to Unsolved Mysteries: The Case of the Opposite Sex at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee (OH) at 7:00 p.m. (10.21.09)

And I’m scheduled to do a live interview at 8:30ish a.m. (Wednesday) on YES FM (Toledo) if you want to listen in.

And because I’m a little picture-crazy this week, here are some more. The caramel-skinned beauty isn’t mine. She’s our neighbor. I’d adopt her in a heartbeat, because she’s one of the sweetest 10-year-old girls I’ve ever met. But she has a perfectly lovely family of her own and probably wants to stay with them. If she ever changes her mind though…

Stay tuned tomorrow for highlights of my Opposite Sex Talk AND a chance to win a fabulous prize! Have a great day, friends!

12 thoughts on “go ahead and nominate me

  1. Stephanie your sister

    You could post all pictures, all day every day forever and I would be satisfied. I mean, I love your words, too, but I really love your pictures. 🙂

    SO jealous of your pretty fall-ish yard! I think seven leaves here in Columbia have started changing colors. Maybe eight. They probably won’t fall off the trees for at least another month.

  2. Lisa

    An invitation I would gladly accept! I won’t put you on a pedestal, but I can slip some lifts in your shoes, right? 😉 I’m just grateful to know I’m not alone in my Mommy-ness. Lately, I’m wondering how many of myself I could legally clone to get everything done that needs to get done! So much of what you talked about rang so loud and true in my ears that, while I wish none of us wives and moms ever had to endure a day of struggle, I know it’s God’s gentle way of reminding me that, in spite of all the insanity life sometimes dishes out, nothing is beyond His grace or reach.

  3. Lisa

    Marla, I’m realizing that our lives are not all that different. Not by a long shot. Sure, you’re an amazing author, speaker, mother, wife, sister, daughter, etc., and I want to be you when I grow up, but other than that, we could probably shoot the breeze for hours on our life similarities. Did I ever thank you for being so real? Cuz if I didn’t… thank you!

  4. Kaye

    The pictures are terrific!
    I would nominate you in a heartbeat. As well behaved as your children are, you deserve the GOLD medal for sure!
    Blessings and safe travels and praying your speaking engagement goes VERY well.
    Miss all of you,
    Matthew 21:22

  5. Holly V.

    You’re a good mom……all of us have days that we feel badly for something we did!

    Hoping your week is going well. I MISS YOU! Must get our families together soon. Have a safe trip this evening.

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