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It Finally Happened: No More Baby Gear and Gates

After an intense two-week purge of all remnants of my home daycare, which I officially closed in June, I realized quite suddenly that I was there — free of all traces of anything baby. No more baby gear and gates. No more high chairs or cribs. No more infant chew toys or baby saucers. No more baby […]

My Simple Wish for Health and Happiness

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight.” Little N, my fiesty four-year-old, repeats this rhyme with her head tilted toward the night sky. She excitedly makes a wish on the first star she sees. She loudly says, “I wish I could go to […]

I Don’t Need Them to Remember

Today is the first day of school for my children. I love this day. It’s exciting yet nerve wracking. It is also the day I always document with the requisite first day of school photo, which I proudly share on Facebook and Instagram… and Twitter (okay on here too). I love that so many people also […]

Single Mother of Three, Veteran from Loudoun County, VA Needs Help For Son

When my kids were infants I obsessed over how much they were eating and how well they were growing. Were they progressing along the growth chart? Were they eating enough? Were they gaining the right amount of weight? Then they reached toddlerhood and for the most part I stopped worrying about their food intake. I […]

Perspective – The Best Mother’s Day Gift

It is not often that I am stunned silent. But this is what happened after my nine-year-old son looked into my eyes and awed me with his response to the news that I would not be moving my home-based daycare to a new location like we previously thought. I expected him to be upset because the kids […]

Breaking My Silence: Why I Believe Faith is Like Love

“Why aren’t you writing? I want to see you on the computer writing again.” This may be the most romantic thing my husband has ever said. He knows how much I need to write. He understands how not writing weighs on me. More importantly, he believes in me. So, today I am going to break my […]

The Impetus for Change is Compassion – #1000Speak

Sometimes when I read about the suffering of others, especially the suffering of children, my stomach turns ever so slightly. Emotions begin to creep in — sadness, discomfort, guilt, frustration, fear. My heart palpitates and my mind wanders. So, I take a deep breath and try to focus on the people right in front of […]

In Dreams You Are Always Close

It is has been a year since we said goodbye. A year without your Hawaiian shirts in the summer and brown sweaters in the winter. A year without your cheesy jokes and your sometimes inappropriately timed sense of humor. A year without your advice and support. My car broke down and I cried because who else would […]

Parenting Different Stages of Childhood

Open, shut them, open, shut them. I can hear her sing-song voice repeating the phrase from the kitchen. I peer around the corner and see the concentration in the folds of her forehead. The little fingers on her right hand are perfectly tucked into the holes of the pink-handled blunt-tipped scissors. A paper plate is […]

Please Help Shower Mathias Giordano With Love

There are some people who take root in my heart. Sometimes these people are complete strangers and yet I somehow find myself emotionally invested. I read every social media post, article and update related to their journey. I study their pictures. I donate to their cause. I think of them often and I look for ways to […]