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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 Adventures in Parenting Solo This Weekend

solo parenting lesson

My husband went out-of-town this weekend to visit his brother in California. It was actually a surprise birthday present from me. When I purchased the tickets I thought, he is so amazing he deserves some time away. I thought, he loves visiting his brother and it has been two years. I also thought, four nights […]

Difficulty With Transitions

Difficulty with transitions

Almost every morning, one of the little girls I take care of in my daycare arrives with a very recognizable scream. I often hear her well before she makes it in the front door — much to her Mother’s chagrin (poor Mama). She is a wonderfully smart, loving child who has been in my care […]

Discovering the Bonds of a Brother-Sister Relationship

Brother-sister relationship

When I found out I was pregnant with my third child only six months after giving birth to my second I cried. I was happy, yet terrified. I cried again when I found out I was having a daughter after two sons.  I doubted whether I would know what to do. Whether I could be […]

Hiding Behind the Suburban American Dream

Suburban American Dream

When I was young I spent a lot of my time thinking and worrying about what came next. I was always in a hurry – pushing myself to get that next thing – whether it was a bigger home, a pay increase or another child. I felt like I was supposed to push forward this […]

What Season of Parenting Are You In?

seasons of parenting

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 […]

Autumn is the Season of Hope

autumn kids

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 […]

My Beautiful Gift of Sunshine

My beautiful B has always loved the sunshine.

I watch her pull the cord of the blinds and look into the sunshine with a smile. Her eyes flicker and a joyful expression takes over her face. “The sun will make you feel better Mommy,” my six-year-old daughter says as she proceeds to open the blinds on the second window in my bedroom. I […]

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