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Planting A Garden is Like Becoming a Mother

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This weekend I planted a garden. It’s a small garden with a couple of vegetables and the kids’ choice of watermelon. I spent hours digging up a little corner of our yard to create this space. I have no idea if I’m going to successfully grow anything, but I’m feeling proud of myself. I find myself […]

It’s My Job to Remember

It's My Job to Remember - even if my children can't. @tinystepsmommy

I wrote this post nearly two years ago and nothing has changed. I want to remember. I want to cling to so many precious moments. It’s not always easy to do, but I try my best and am grateful for my blog. Even if you don’t want to share your memories with others, it’s incredible […]

Darkness VS Light: A Battle of Wills

Darkness vs light - A battle of wills

From the time I was 6 months old, I had a preference for light. As my mother recalls, I would cry in my crib until she flipped on my clown lamp. I was hooked early and spent years sleeping with my overhead light on. Even now as an adult, I use a nightlight to sleep. […]

Parenting Different Stages of Childhood

Parenting different stages

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 […]

An Ordinary Day to Remember

An Ordinary Day to Remember

On Saturday, I was determined to get every member of my family of six out of the house for a family activity that did not involve youth athletics or a lot of money. Since my oldest is 15 and my youngest is three this is not an easy feat. Usually, someone ends up disappointed or […]

My Letter to Oprah

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After experiencing an amazing weekend at Oprah’s The Life You Want event in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to write a letter to Oprah about what I felt was missing from the line-up of speakers. So, I did and then I put it aside and instead wrote a recap of the weekend for my blog. But, the letter was […]

My Perfectly Flawed Motherhood Simplified Interview

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Katie O’Brien, who is an amazing life coach for moms, on her Motherhood Simplified interview series spotlighting real moms across the country. It was the first time I participated in a live interview of this kind and I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what she would ask. The […]

What Season of Parenting Are You In?

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Parenting is a journey with seasons that fade and change with more of a whisper than a bang. You will spend days or weeks or months wondering if your baby will ever learn to sleep through the night and then several nights will pass without interruption. The season of late night feedings are over. You […]

Motherhood In The Workplace: I Was Asked to Tone-Down the ‘Mommy Thing’

I will never make apologies for being a mother first.

I will never pretend I don’t have children again. My children are everything to me and being a mother is a huge part of my identity. It has been for almost 15 years. That is except for the one year I was asked by my former boss, who also happened to be a woman, to […]

Learning to Let Go

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Sometimes being a good mom means holding back. It means not jumping (or running on the field) every time your child falls. It means teaching your child to speak up for him or herself. It means slowly trusting and learning to let go. In the beginning it’s easy (even if you don’t know it at […]