I am so blessed to have this ModernMom community to be my sounding board, hear my heartaches, and allow me to share my life challenges.
We wanted to share this great article about Brooke, originally posted on the Huffington Post.
Just listing Brooke Burke's many accomplishments is a little exhausting: she's the co-CEO of ModernMom.com, the President of maternity outfitter BabooshBaby.com, and of course, the co-host (and past winner) of Dancing With The Stars. Now, she's also an author: her new memoir, The Naked Mom, hit bookstores last month.
I’m back home in LA, my favorite place to be. Today I begin my west coast tour. Early morning calls all week, talking to radio stations all over the country, TV press in the afternoons, and book signings at night. It’s totally surreal to finally see my book in stores, its scary to put it out there, and it’s a relief to be getting such loving feedback.
Whether you wonder what happened to that cousin you knew as a child or are aching to reunite with your father, who has been gone for years, finding a lost family member can be challenging. When you develop a carefully planned strategy, you will increase the odds of finding that person.
I remember lying in bed with my children trying to find the words to comfort their confused minds after I separated from their father. At the tender ages of 3 and 5, we started a new life. It was hope for a better situation for me, but for them, it was the beginning of a life filled with change and diversity. I spent many bedtimes reading a wonderful book called Love Is a family, by Roma Downey.
I had an amazing Thanksgiving with my relatives in CT. There was a moment at the dinner table when my Uncle was making a toast and got choked up. He raised his glass and said, "Thanksgiving is all about family..." that was all he could get out before the tears started coming and all of us exchanged that loving glance that said we know and we feel it too. I looked around the table and part of me felt like I was in a soap opera, and the other part of me felt damn lucky to be a Burke and to have a seat at this family celebration.
I'm getting ready to leave town again, but this time without my 2 older girls. I'm having a really tough time. It seems like this whole blended family thing should be getting easier, but it seems the older they get and the more we enjoy each other's company, the more difficult it gets to separate.