Just Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

    The morning did not start out well...at all.  To be fair, our coffee pot broke yesterday and the new one wasn't up and running yet. We are getting ready to leave for spring break, but clearly the kids do not understand the rules that every self-respecting person from the Midwest is taught before you leave on a trip: 1. Wear your best underwear. If you get in an accident, you don't want the paramedics to see your dirty, … [Read more...]

I’m Done Being a Hypocrite

By Hilary Bilbrey I’m a hypocrite.  I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that.  Integrity is my core virtue.  I live every day working to try to get my beliefs to match my actions.  I am failing in my mission right now, and here’s why… Like many people, Robin Williams’ suicide hit me hard last week.  I believe in compassion and understanding for people with mental illnesses.  I don’t believe that having a mental illness makes you … [Read more...]

Three Gifts I Give My Kids: Part 1 of 3

Written by: Hilary Bilbrey I’m not going to lie…I am pretty sure this post is going to be controversial, but I still believe it, so here goes… I was privileged to spend the last school year consulting at a K-8 public school in Arizona on the topics of respect, bullying, conflict resolution and kindness.  It is truly thought-provoking to consider how much my consulting has changed as I grow both as a mother and an educator.  One thing most … [Read more...]

Defining Family

fam·i·ly  - noun \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\ What is family? The Webster definition we  love - and what prompted our name, Inspired by Family is: : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship Could it be a Dad, Mom, Child? Could it be a Grandmother, Grandfather and grandchild?  Could it be really close friends? Absolutely. Could it be aunts, uncles, cousins? Could it be co-workers? Sure! The important … [Read more...]