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Sometimes I Run Away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. Okay, I don’t actually physically run away, but mentally I am there. I will obsessively envision a new life. A “do over” in a completely different place. I start to research homes and schools and crime […]

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 Sunrise Above The Clouds

After flying for what seems a long time, I rub my eyes and catch the glint of red-orange peering through the horizon. The bright hues seem to sit on top of the billowy clouds. I sleepily think how beautiful the sunset is. Only to realize I already saw the sun slide away and vanish hours […]

We Honored Daddy at Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

I have always looked forward to firsts. The first time I drove a car. The first time I saw my baby’s face. The first time I spent the night in my own house. But, not all firsts feel great. I am learning that some firsts really hurt. Like the first time you lose a parent […]

Autumn is the Season of Hope

This weekend as I drove to the store with my three youngest children in tow, I noticed for the first time all season how vivid and amazing the trees looked. The varying hues of red, orange and yellow took my breath away, so I spontaneously pulled the car over and took the children on a […]

Reuniting A Family in Life

Family is family, whether it is has been fifteen years, fifteen days, or fifteen minutes. It is never too late to reunite. This weekend was a whirlwind of tears, laughter and joy as my mother’s side of the family reunited to visit my grandmother (abuelita) who is now in hospice care (read The Gift of […]

My Perfectly Imperfect Weekend Adventures

Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends all year. It is the weekend my husband and I were married seven years ago. It is also the start of the summer, which is my favorite season. I love that the pool is open and I can count down with the children to the last […]

Counting My Blessings This Mother’s Day

Years ago when I first started my home daycare, I had the pleasure of meeting a vivacious mother of two. She was a SAHM with a daughter in elementary school and a two-year-old son with extremely high energy and demanding needs. She needed someone to help give her a break once every two weeks, so […]

My Story

I want to thank Claudine Cox Klurp, one of the founders of DC Metro Mom, for asking me to introduce myself to the DC Metro Mom readers. I was probably more personal and honest in telling my story than required, but it felt right. I have come a long way and am extremely proud of the life […]