When in doubt, TAPP it Out.

RING!!!! The alarm goes off and scares you to oblivion. You shove the clock to the other side of the night stand and it falls to the floor. At that moment, you realized it was going to be one of “those” days!

You overslept and are unable to satisfy the morning routine of meditation and prayer; there’s no time to blend the protein, vitamin packed smoothie and make lunches for the day. 

The process of waking up the kids is a task, getting them dressed and searching for the tie to complete the school uniform seems endless. Finally, you manage to get everything done and it’s time to walk out of the door.

But wait! You hear a small voice. That voice says, “mommy, I need to use the bathroom.” As you lean against the wall attempting to hold it together, your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach. You drop everything – cell phone, smoothie cup, purse, laptop bag, and lunch. Nooooooo….

That is when you take a moment and TAPP it out!

Take a deep breath

Acknowledge the issue

Put things into perspective

Pray for strength and guidance

Parenthood is one of the most rewarding roles to have. However, we must be honest and recognize it can be one of the most exhausting. I encourage you to find something you enjoy doing to help maintain balance – read a good book, workout, start a blog, take a vacation or try a new class. Learning something new is a good way to boost one’s self confidence.

Share something new you have tried to help maintain balance in your life. I look forward to hearing your responses.

Book Festival Family Fun

With much anticipation, the Decatur Book Festival returned to one of it’s most thriving cities 15 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia – the City of Decatur. 

Annually, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), Emory University and the City of Decatur collaborate to bring this amazing book festival to life. Men, women and children travel near and far to enjoy street food, children’s activities, live music, and meet some of the most astute authors in the region. For more detailed information sbout the book festival then visit the official website at

https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/

At this event, I had the pleasure of listening to interviews of 2 amazing book authors – Stacey Abrams and Bill Curry. 

Stacey Abrams

Stacey, an American politician, lawyer and author served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and served as minority leader from 2011 to 2017 (Wikepedia 2019). Her intelligence, compassion and self motivation exudes in drive to represent the disenfranchised. It was truly an honor to have her sign my copy of her latest book – Lead from the outside – How to build your future and make real change.

For more information about Stacey’s book then click on the link below https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250214805

Bill Curry

Bill, a retired American football coach and former player, spends his time giving inspirational and motivational speaches about the positive impact and life lessons learned while playing the game of football. All of which are highlighted in his latest book, “Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle – Lessons Learned from a Football Life.

For more information about Bill and his latest book then visit his website at http://billcurry.net

Both my son and I found books that piqued our interests. This event was not only a fun festival of events, but an educational experience focusing on compassion, collaboration and community.

The next time a book fair is in your town, take the kids and enjoy what it has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised.

I’d like to hear about your experience. Be sure to comment below.

– A Lavender Place

Volunteer and be the Experience

A volunteer is a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task (Webster 2019)

As a single parent, one most likely feels as though their existence is a sequence of volunteer adventures. These day-to-day experiences ensure our children become good stewards and productive citizens.

Parents, it is our responsibility to ensure this happens.


Reasons to volunteer

  1. Be the example

  2. Build self confidence

  3. Gain new skills

  4. Regain an appreciation for life

  5. Make new friends and network


I encourage you to sit down with your child(ren), choose a volunteer project, and enjoy the experience together. It allows them to see and feel the value in “giving back.”

Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org

Goodwill Services https://goodwillng.org/donations/volunteer/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5OHn2rKi5AIVkorICh3umAhJEAAYBCAAEgJ07PD_BwE

Follow my blog at https://asingleparentstruth.family.blog/

– A Lavender Place

A Prayer for Tiresome Days

When the work day gets the best of you!

Dear single parents,

After a long, grueling and taxing work day take some time to restore your mind with this simple prayer…

Father, clear my sleepy head and fill my mind with expectation. Awake my slow body and energize my heart with love in action. Ignite my spirit and set this day on fire with promise. Make the ordinary extraordinary. Engage me, show me your kingdom alive. Help me to see that every waking moment is full of promise because of you. Amen.

All the best,

-A Lavender Place

Source: https://www.womansday.com/life/g25635068/morning-prayers/