October 13, 2017

I was at HomeGoods the other day and I couldn't stop watching a mother and her three kids as they shopped for Halloween decorations.  What struck me was the mother's excitement.  She was almost more excited than her kids! 

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't stalking her but she was certainly hard to miss.

Her kids ranged from perhaps 5-9 years old and they stuck by her like glue.  Gleefully they comm...

October 5, 2017

This past weekend we celebrated my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary and this Saturday my husband and I will celebrate 22 years of marriage.  My parents were married 34 years before my father passed away.

A total of 106 years of marriage between us.

There’s a lot of learning in those years and a lot of love but the best piece of advice my husband and I received about marriage came from a nurse who c...

August 16, 2017

There’s a preschool in our neighboring town that brings its students into the woods to play.  I pass by them as I walk my dog.  They carry big sticks to build  forts and run around exploring and singing.  

Why do we think that this should stop at age four?  

My son is a freshman in high school.  Running around in the woods all day is exactly what he needs right now.  I feel a sense of...

August 15, 2017

There are two types of changes in life.

Those that happen to you.

And those you make happen.

The ones that happen to you require you to be patient, resilient or flexible. Changes like a job loss, illness, accident or a death of a loved one. You generally only have two choices when it comes to these types of changes - surrender and go with the flow or resist.

We all know what happens when we resist ch...

June 9, 2017

I’m addicted to watching those Enchroma videos on Youtube.

If you are not familiar with them, they are videos of people who are colorblind putting on a pair of Enchroma glasses and seeing true colors for the very first time.

There are a lot tears and most people are overcome with emotion as they look around at the world as most of see it every day. The world we oftentimes take for granted.

These p...

May 12, 2017

I have a confession to make.

Last night I was counting down the years until all of my children would be living their own lives - under their own roofs.

Choose any other day and perhaps I couldn’t bare the thought of the three of them not living with us, but not last night.  

Last night I wanted them out.

I had this strange feeling that we are all adults trying to share the same space, cook at the same...

March 10, 2017

There have been a few times that my daughter made the slip up.

“When I get home, I mean back to school,” she has said on a few occasions, each time quickly correcting herself and looking at me to see my reaction. Was it ok for school to feel like home?

But this time is was I who made the slip up.

“Please call me as soon as you get home.”  

Lauren was taking her car to school for the first time, doing...

February 14, 2017

It was a time when we were drowning in diapers, mounds of laundry and three small children.  

My husband PJ was working in a busy executive position and traveled frequently while I managed the bills, the house and the kids.  We were happy and all healthy but it was the laundry that was slowly killing us.  

Piles got bigger and the inefficiency of carrying dirty laundry downstairs only to have t...

January 6, 2017

My right index finger hovers over the ‘enter’ key for what seems like an eternity.  

My email was complete but two inches down with my finger and it would mean no turning back.

I would set in motion something that seemed scary, an undefined path leading to the unknown.  

I was feeling vulnerable and the critical voices in my head were getting louder.

You know the ones.

“Who am I to think I can do this...

December 16, 2016

It’s like that new car smell, only a thousand times better.  

I would hold my babies close, shut my eyes and breathe in deeply, trying to capture the smell that I knew would not last forever.  

On a recent Sunday evening, I hugged my now 13 year old and breathed him in just like when he was a baby.

I say what I don’t say enough.

“You are smart.”

“You are kind.”

“You are funny.”

“You are amazing.”

He pulls...

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