Finding Your Bearings

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Lately, I’ve dug into at least three books that address priorities. Respectively these books address productivity, organization, and caring for the people you love. They are diverse books, yet the hone in on the same thing: what’s, or more importantly, who’s important to you and how do you give those people your best. This is […]

Same Stage, New Act: My Goals for 2013

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Act 2012 is complete. The curtain rises on 2013. How will your role go? The curtain may have closed on 2012, but most of us still have the same lives, same homes, same joys, same challenges. Our stage, if you will, and our role, is virtually the same. But, a new act begins when we […]

Little, HARD Things

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As I type this I’m sniffling back tears. It’s been a week of “little, but significant” HARD things. Let’s face it. The month has been like that. Dear friends are moving — to Australia. Do you know how expensive it is to fly eight people to the land down under? Money was stolen from my […]

You are Not Alone

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photo source Wednesday night I came home from my dinner party to discover that my ten year old had shingles. Yes, really. I recognized it from ten years ago when FishPapa had them. The three boys at the time got chicken pox. This particular child was just a baby and got the worst ever. All […]

Reflections on Pregnancy Loss


This weekend we celebrated our miracle baby’s 12th birthday. Every year it gives me pause to see how much time has passed and how our family has grown — in size and maturity — since the evil year of 1999. For those of you just tuning in, here’s the short version of my miscarriage story. […]

31 Days to Smell the Roses

31 days to smell the roses

I took “the Baby” shopping with me today at Trader Joe’s. The first thing you see when you walk in is the flower section. Lover of all things pink, she immediately asked that we buy pink roses. At four-years old, she knows what she wants. And for six bucks I can splurge. It was a […]

Time for a Nice, Cool Cup of Grace

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Recently, my eight-year spent a day of struggling. I don’t even remember what the struggles were. I just remember he growled a few times. He might have given the ugly look to each and every one of his siblings. It was clear he was frustrated. When he punched out the window screen, I knew we […]

What to Do When You Feel Scattered & Unproductive

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Ever have a morning when you just can’t get going? You know you have plenty to do, but you feel too scattered to know where to start. I totally get that. I often, OFTEN, feel scattered and unproductive. And I don’t have a newborn anymore! Last week I was feeling this way and decided to […]