Enough is Enough

In Him, By Him, To Him quote from At the Picket Fence.com

The alarm blares and my eyes struggle to open. Immediately my mind is flooded with thoughts about the day ahead. Will there be enough time to get it all done? I shuffle my feet along the carpet, willing my body to go towards the bathroom door rather than turning back towards the warmth of my bed. The darkness outside only contributes to my sense … [Read more...]

Melan-fall-y

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"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a … [Read more...]

Wanna Be In My Band?

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"Hey Mom, guess what? I'm in a band now!" My then 9 year old son was sitting at the kitchen island having his after-school snack and after I got over the initial shock of hearing him voluntarily share something about his day, I quickly replied, "Really? How cool buddy! Are they going to have a band at school now?" "No", he said, " It's not … [Read more...]

Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Love For Ya!

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'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. I repeated these words in my head over and over again all that day as the music from the neighbors who live behind us blared. I repeated them to myself when I could hear it through our closed windows. I repeated them to myself when it prohibited … [Read more...]

The Chin Hair

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Do you remember that book Dear God, It's Me Margaret? Written by the incomparable Judy Blume, it was revolutionary at the time as it addressed all of the angst that comes with being an adolescent girl. From training bras to feeling like you were the last one to get the big 'P' to dealing with boys who went from being just pesky to being pesky and … [Read more...]

Thankful for the Negative

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Last week, I had a really hard evening with  my kiddos. I was tired, impatient, stressed out and doing battle with an overstuffed yard bin I was trying to drag to the curb while my husband was out of town on business. And I lost my cool. After I had put them to bed that night I sat down at my laptop and just started talking...to you...to the … [Read more...]

Drudgery

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This morning I woke up feeling 'blah'. I think I might have actually even said, "ugh" the moment I opened my eyes. Maybe it was the fact that the power had gone out in our neighborhood in the middle of the night which caused my children to wake up and promptly freak out. OK, so only one of my children freaked out. The other one simply grabbed … [Read more...]

I Make Her Feel Important

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Moms everywhere know the truth about gifts. It's not the certificate for a massage or a mani-pedi or that big bouquet of flowers that mean the most. It's the stapled together book of coupons good for a hug or maybe, if you're really lucky, cleaning up their room without complaining. Or it's the hand-print framed with Popsicle sticks that … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Me Blow Away Mommy!

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The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard. Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together. She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said, "Don't let me blow away mommy!" It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could … [Read more...]

The Holy Spirit Made Me Do It

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  It was just a typical day. After dropping off the kiddos at school, I set out to run a few errands. As usual, I saved Trader Joe's for last. It's kind of my happy place. The beautiful fresh flowers, the friendly employees, the free samples, 20 different kinds of hummus and the assorted cheeses which I've never heard of but I'm quite … [Read more...]