All the Single Working Mommies:
I see you and I couldn’t possibly pretend to fully understand your reality. I will tell you that when my husband is away at a work conference, I can barely hack it. From the moment he leaves I start a mental countdown to the time when my support will return. Continue reading
Ian was 18 when he died by suicide. Cheeky C is one of my closest friends and Ian’s mom. I remember receiving her call four years ago that he was gone; and I’ve not witnessed a girlfriend survive a more devastating loss. I have come to notice that the winter holidays seem to be the worst for Cheeky C. Although she is a warrior and a survivor, this season hits her hard. My spunky, outspoken, and cheeky pal becomes withdrawn and more downcast. The truth is, I will never have my original Cheeky C back. Losing her son was a traumatic turning point and I know she is changed forever, but this time of year seems to be especially heart-rending.
I hit a big birthday over the weekend, friends. That celebration and some priceless time with a college bestie have zapped me back through the roller coaster of my early twenties. If I could score a DeLorean, I would place the following note in the mailbox of my college apartment…
Dear 20 Something Self,
In this series we ask multiple mommas one question. The answers show the love, joy and struggles we experience each day, week, month, year or lifetime. Although the answers may vary, it’s clear we are working toward the same results: healthy, happy and loved children!
How do you balance and prioritize your responsibilities as a parent with other commitments and relationship needs? Continue reading
We are surrounded by incredible women and it’s a special treat when we get to share them with you. Many of you already know the awesomeness of the The Tall Mom, one of our favorite blogs. If you are a fan of that blog, the book Seeing Ione, or Jansen Curry, the fabulous creator of both, you are going to love today’s post!
I had the opportunity to ask Jansen a series of questions, Jelly Bean Journals style. From each of our blog’s headings, I had Jansen tell us about her own Momma, Kiddos and the Love of her life. Then, I got some Health advice, asked for Confessions and received some inside information on her book, in Everything Else mode. I have also included a bonus Seeing Ione question for those of you who have already fallen in love with the story! Continue reading
You know what is right around the corner don’t you? Valentine’s Day! I know, I know; I can’t believe it either. I love Valentine’s Day. I mean, I think I’ve made it pretty clear, I’m just a holiday person in general. While many people think Valentine’s Day is a sad reason for a holiday, I say let’s celebrate those people that make our lives full and beautiful! As I’ve shared before, I’m a firm believer in showing love to my people everyday of the year. But, why not take one day and scream from the rooftops Continue reading
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and like each year, I’m reflecting on the things I’m truly thankful for. I’m not one who believes a certain time of year or holiday should be the only moment to count blessings Continue reading
After we welcomed Baby B into our lives, I worked through a flood of postpartum emotions. This birth was especially joyful and healing for me because I delivered our baby at home after a traumatizing c-section experience. Different feelings washed over me after her delivery and I found myself in deep appreciation and celebration over the way our daughter entered the world. Today I’m sharing the letter I wrote to my husband in expression of my gratitude to him for Continue reading
I was raised in what many would consider to be a traditional home by my married, biological parents and in tandem with my biological siblings. I grew up in a conventional setting and have since returned to my conservative hometown to raise my own family. Yet, the feedback I received (and continue to receive) about my “radical” choice to hyphenate my last name has ranged from Continue reading
“I forgot how much I like you,” I said to him riding home in the car after a long-overdue evening out together.
Seano quickly turned to me with a confused and startled look that said, “Seriously? You’re kidding.”
I answered him without being further prompted, “I mean, I obviously love you and I love the life we are building together. I’m committed to you forever. But I forgot how much fun it is be with you and what it felt like to REALLY talk to you.” Continue reading