Nana has been in my life since I was a little girl. I tell my children all the time that family is not just who you are born too, but it is also the special people that God puts in your life. For all of us, Nana was our family. In high school I would come home and if my heart hurt because of a boy, she knew just what to say. She put up with us when we were moody teenagers and … [Read more...] about A Journal of One Family’s Loss to Breast Cancer
After all of these years of being a mother, I still forget how literally my children can take the things I say. Last night, the plan was that I would come home from work, throw together a quick dinner and then we would all head to the pool for an evening swim. What that meant for me was that in the span of an hour, between getting home from work and leaving for the pool, … [Read more...] about To Clear Up The Confusion – I Am NOT An Octopus!
One of the hardest parts of parenting is letting go. As a new school year rapidly approaches, I feel the ache and pull in my heart as I slowly (and I do mean at a snail’s pace), let my children go out into the world. This is a huge year for us. I have one who will be a freshman in college (gulp), two in high school, one in middle school and two who will be in elementary … [Read more...] about Helicopter Mom or Hub Director?
There was something so different about the 4th of July this year. I could not put my finger on what it was. We had a great day playing, packing, and swimming. All the kids got along…and I accomplished a ton of stuff. Finally it was time for the traditional fireworks we do every year in the street in front of the house with everyone. It was the usual variety of smoke … [Read more...] about Fireworks Without Tears
The other night in one of the childbirth classes I teach, we were talking about pushing and the moment that your beautiful child comes out into the world and is placed in your arms. I was sort of choked up thinking about how beautiful the moment was when my first child was placed into my arms and how it made every minute of the 28 hour labor worth it. One of the moms asked … [Read more...] about The Only “Push Present” I Want Comes In A Yellow Wrapper