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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 […]

Hiding Behind the 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 […]

A Reflection of the Good that Came Before Us

*Sponsored Post This holiday season I have been struck by the overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my family. Maybe it’s because of everything we are going through with my step-dad or perhaps it’s because my children are full of wonder and excitement for the magic of the season. Whatever the reason, I find myself  trying […]

I Am Thankful

Growing up, my family would sit around the Thanksgiving table and take turns saying what we were grateful for before we could eat. We weren’t big on saying grace, but this was our annual Thanksgiving tradition. It was our grace. My sisters and I always groaned and moaned about how cheesy it was, but we […]

Connecting to My Family’s Culture Through Food

“Mommy, this was good. Thank you,” my seven-year-old son said as he got up from the table and kissed my cheek before rushing off to play with toys. I flushed with a sense of pride and surprise. It’s as if he knew exactly what I needed.  It was the perfect reward and acknowledgement of the […]

Derecho Flashback: Earning an “F” in Storm Preparedness

This is the eighth post in my 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge. This morning the weather report included a Derecho threat for the Washington DC area, so I decided to re-post what I wrote on July 2, 2012 after last year’s terrible Derecho swept through my area and left many without power for days. I know this is a recycled […]

The Great Training Debate – Puppy Versus Baby

The moment he was placed into my arms, my heart was captured. His soft small body craved my warmth and protection. Heart to heart we remained until he stopped shaking and examined his new home. We named him Beau and cooed in awe over this little addition to our family. Our puppy arrived days before […]

Unplugged and Curled-Up in Cocoon of Family Drama, Dog Poop

I love the holidays. It is the one time of year I unplug from the outside world and enjoy my time off from work, routines, my blog, social media, current events, etc. Basically, I create an almost two-week-long cocoon filled with visiting family, food, holiday traditions, food, family drama, food, and end with a really […]

Double the Presents, Double the Fun? The Truth About Sharing Custody During the Holidays

As far back as I can remember, Santa visited me and my sisters two times every Christmas. It was the perk of growing up in a divorced family. “Double the presents, double the fun.” At least this is how it was sold to three little girls being shipped on an airplane from one parent to […]

Do You Struggle to Gain Perspective?

We all have moments of doubt and fear. Doubts about whether or not we are on the right path. Fears that we aren’t doing enough – for our children, for ourselves, for our communities, for our families. I’m not ready to discuss every reason why yet, but this year has forever changed what I complain […]