November 2013

Accepting yourself as a stay-at-home or a career mom. November 20, 2013

If I died today my epitaph might read, “Bad corporate-player. Great mom.” Before bcomng a mother that would have really embarrassed me. I thought that being successful in business—working twelve hour days—was the be all end all. But my son being born put a different spin on that, for sure. Suddenly, I couldn’t give two […]

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Let it go, this too shall pass. November 20, 2013

A few years ago our family went through some real difficulties. My husband lost his job, and I wasn’t bringing in much money, so our savings were going fast. Yes, it was freak out time!! We were also dealing with some medical issues, while looking for new medical insurance. All of this really put a […]

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Follow your gut as a parent. And reap the joys. November 20, 2013

The other day I was on my treadmill digging on my tunes when my son—and our dog—came downstairs to the basement to be with me. Frankly, it irritated me, because my favorite song was coming through my headphones, and I was enjoying my alone-time. Fortunately, a few seconds later I said to myself “helloooooo!!!!” I’d […]

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The benefits of meditation are worth experiencing. November 19, 2013

This morning I sat down to meditate. It was one of those mornings when it didn’t take very long. I closed my eyes, became still, and bingo. I was there, in the flow. You know … when you have that sense that all is well and you see yourself as part of a larger whole, […]

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A not-so-random, random act of kindness. November 14, 2013

The other night I was picking my son up at his friend’s house. When I arrived, it was already dark outside. I had to make a u-turn in front of the house, and when I did I heard a crunch that sounded like two metal objects colliding. I looked behind me and noticed a red […]

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Be still and know: Time management tip extraordinaire. November 11, 2013

This morning, I was sitting on my bed thinking about my “to do” list. I had sat down to meditate for a few minutes—something I try doing every morning. But the “pull” the list had on me was very seductive. There weren’t any words just this incredible desire to quit all this meditative nonsense and […]

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Bonding with your adopted baby. November 11, 2013

In recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month,TodayMOMS ran a week-long celebration called, “Choosing Adoption.” One of their articles talked about, “that, ‘maternal ‘moment’—when parents first bond with their adopted child.” They asked parents whether it was during that fateful phone call, the first soothing or cuddle, whether they experienced love at first sight or had […]

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The joy of parenting, even when your child is grieving. November 11, 2013

My ten-year-old son has been grieving. His grandfather, who was ninety-two, died recently. Although it is sad, my husband and I are also helping him to see this time as an opportunity to celebrate his grandfather’s full and vibrant life. He seems to get it. Yet, I think that for the first time he may […]

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My “aha moment.” Or White Bread Wisdom. November 04, 2013

To me, white bread has always been on par with poison. I wouldn’t be caught dead eating it, and certainly wouldn’t allow my ten-year-old son to eat it, either. Being into health, I’ve always tried to limit his sugar intake, which, if you are a parent you know can be challenging. (Oh, those birthday parties!) My […]

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Beauty in nature: Fall’s missing colors. November 04, 2013

Today, while driving along one of my favorite country roads I noticed that the usual Fall colors were missing all of the reds and oranges! All of the leaves were either yellow or brown. It was weird, as if part of the Fall spectrum was just missing. God had taken off her rose and orange […]

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