Hey Good Mommas! I’m Debbie, a child of God. Mother to seven amazing kids, a wife, nurse, and all around island lovin’ Hawaii girl. I created 9 on a Dime for all the good mommas out there; a welcoming place for you to find normalcy in your parenting chaos. Tips, hacks, and happy moments curated just for you!
9 on a Dime brings you essential parenting tools: last minute dinner ideas, crafty-fun activities, and reminders to care for yourself too! Sometimes gritty, but always supportive, 9 on a Dime is where I hope you’ll find that you are a good momma.
I have been raising my rambunctious brood for over 20 years (Yes, I’ve been a mother my entire adult life) and am here to share with you some of my good, bad, and spectacular moments. As the mother of a large family, I’ve had extraordinary experiences that have shaped and challenged me. I’ve seen my share of tragedies but focus on the gratitude’s that present themselves in equal measure.
I am a Christian; and rely on my faith to help me through the day-to-day and, the devastation. Nurse, soccer-mom, and expert boo-boo kisser; I love being part of all my family’s successes and mishaps. My hope for 9 on a Dime is to help other parents, like you, realize they are great parents too.
My key to parenting is to quit trying to find that perfect balance and perfection. It doesn’t exist. I’ve found life is about ebbs and flows.
One day may be all about kid #3 (yes, I’ve often had to use numbers to keep them straight) or Kid #4 and #7. One day I may just have to make things all about my husband, other days I can only focus on work. Then when I feel I’m cracking, I need to focus on nothing except me.
We are all supermoms! That doesn’t mean we are super at everything all the time. That is asking far too much of us. The only thing we can consistently do all the time is to love our family.
This vision of the perfectly balanced mom is a lie, a myth. I make a mess of things all the time. I’ve made awful decisions and created chaos… but each day I start the craziness over again and see how I can handle it differently. That’s being a mom, that’s what my kids see and can learn from when it’s their turn to be out in the world making their own triumphs and mistakes.
Let’s share this parenting journey together!