I Hope You Dance

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Years ago, I used to drive around, nieces and nephews packed in the car, windows down, hair blowing, blaring Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Not exactly the coolest song in the world, and I can’t imagine it did much for my street cred, but we loved it and it still pretty much encompasses […]

Go Home, Easter Bunny!

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Now 28 with a daughter of his own, my nephew accidentally coined a family expression over one fateful Easter brunch when he was about three. A quarter century later, we continue to use the expression to voice feelings of fear, discomfort, or when we want someone or something to back off. The story goes a […]

Work and Home Balance

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I’m on a bus with twenty-five people. I’m traveling through Florida. This happens once a year for my job. It’s only about 22 days, but it’s 22 days of my husband being a single parent to our children. It’s hard not to feel guilty. While I’m grateful for my job, I feel like I’m missing out on this parenting thing. Is it possible […]

Reunited and It Feels So Good

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After moving and attempting to get settled into a new house right before Christmas, our family routines and rituals were majorly disturbed. Our eating and cooking habits are what took the hardest hit. With all the goodies associated with the holidays and all the convenience foods associated with moving and unpacking, we definitely have been […]

The Letter That Won My Home

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The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to the current owners of our new house in an effort for them to accept our offer. I share this with the world because: Our home is what shapes us from our earliest years. Everyone should have a good home. For families who move a […]

What I Learned From Spock

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“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” -Leonard Nimoy Though the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy was not a shock – he was 83, after all – it was nonetheless a shudder felt across the world. My children might have no […]

Orange is the New Black

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So, at the tender age of 2.11, I have officially dropped the hammer on my sweet, unsuspecting daughter. She has been waking up at least 2-3 times a night, every night, since the day she was born and I have had enough. I kept thinking she would outgrow it, she was going through a growth […]

To Have and To Hold

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So, I have a confession to make that just might get mommies up in arms, so I am going to get it out of the way straightaway: I am getting really sick of holding my daughter. I know, I know. I will be longing to hold her again when she is grown up, and I […]

Letting Go (Just a Little…)

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Ever since my oldest daughter started first grade – about six months ago – it’s been a study for me in letting go. She’s really becoming her own person, complete with her own opinions and her own style. Last year when she turned six, she begged me for an American Girl party. At first, I […]

Cecilia

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I’ve been following Bryan and Lesley’s journey with their daughter, Cecilia, for the last year now. Admittedly, I have those “I’m-feeling-sorry-for-myself” moments in life, but then I get the latest update about Cecilia and gain some perspective. When you’re in good health, it’s easy to take daily things for granted, like being able to walk […]