I'm Pam, and I'm glad you're here. I hope my thoughts on family, faith, and the flux of life help you laugh, fire you up or just make you think.

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Beyond who?

pam-jpeg-84bI’m a mother of three and a woman with many interests, transplanted from the southwest to the midwest.  I never quite pictured myself in this place, doing this work, but somehow I’m living the life of my dreams.   Most days.

Please follow me on twitter or friend me on facebook  if you’re interested in social media.  I find them both a great way to connect and get to know people better.    

Here are twenty-five random things about me from a recent Facebook meme, or below are some slightly more theme-based thoughts on some broad topics.  Click on the headers to read a bit more detail about each one. 

On family:  I have three wacky and wonderful children–names withheld to protect the guilty innocent:

  • A, a 13 year old teen/boy, 8th grade
  • N, a 11 year old boy, 6th grade
  • K, a.k.a. Ashley, a 8 year old girl, 3rd grade
  • and G, my gracious husband. 

On faith:   I consider myself a moderate, passionate, humbled Christian.  Depending on the circle, I might appear to be the Bible-thumper, the liberal, or something in between.  I love to learn about different faith perspectives, so please consider yourself welcome whatever your faith tradition (or not).   Sometimes I’ll share my own thoughts on faith, and I encourage respectful discourse.  I’ve grown tremendously from such conversations and I hope you will too.

On flux:  I’ve been a full time career parent, a “stay home” (hardly) mom, and everything in between.  I’ve enjoyed the benefits and stresses of both.   I’m much more interested in building community than competing over which is best.  Right now I’m juggling part time career and volunteer efforts with mixed results.  I feel very fortunate to have such confusing choices right now. 

I’ve launched a business to help parents, caregivers, teachers and community leaders improve communication and relationship skills.  Drop me a note if you’d like to hear more about workshops for your school, church or community. 

Thanks for joining the conversation–I look forward to hearing from you!


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7 comments to Beyond who?

  • Hello Pam,

    Great blog and I love your spirit.

    Many Blessings,
    Terry Grahl

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  • Lisa

    Pam, I love your Web site. It is just so fresh and refreshingly different than most parenting sites where I usually end up feeling guilty about something I’m not doing or should have done as a mother. Your real stories and feelings make me feel normal for a change.

    Thank you for your honesty, humor, and helpful advice.

  • pam

    So nice to meet you both, Terry and Lisa! Hope we can get some good conversations going.

  • Someone left your blog address in the comments on my blog and I am SO glad she did. I am expected my third child and will, after the birth, be leaving my full time work to stay home. I have a lot of anxiety about making this change, even though it is something I have longed to do.

    I will be a regular visitor here! Thanks!

  • Dear Pam:

    Thank you for the wonderful article in the September 3, Annarbor.com, as well as the posting on your website. The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s is so fortunate to have individuals like you who support it and see its value beyond just a place to have a meal. Countless lives have been touched by this ministry and we thank you for your help in making it happen. God bless you.

    The Rev. Alan Gibson
    Rector, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • I’m a mom, a blogger, and a Ph.D. student, and I need your help. I’m doing a study about why women blog, and you have been selected at random to participate in a short survey about what motivates you to blog and what you get out of blogging.

    I hope you will take it by clicking this link. Please do not forward the link.


    Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to contact me at gmmasull@syr.edu if you have any questions.

    Gina Chen
    Ph.D. student
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
    Syracuse University

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