Best Gift Ever

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Letting go of Christmas

Full Hands

The Moments We StandFull Hands The first time I heard it, I wanted to crawl out of my skin. An older man—holding open the door for me—loudly proclaimed, “You got your hands full—don’t ya?” ...more

The Coat

The Moments We StandOne morning my husband and I were fighting our son about whether or not he was going to wear his winter coat to school. He refused, but we would not back down. But by the time school was about to start his coat was nowhere to be found. I was ticked—I just knew he hid it from me in order to get his way. I let him have it. I told him how embarrassing it was to send him to school without a coat and how every other mom would be judging my parenting—and all the teachers would talk about what a bad mother I was. ...more

Be Good to Others This Holiday Season

It's here. Christmas season has kicked off and we're just about to blast off. I wanted to take a break from our regularly scheduled egg nog, turkey, family movies, Christmas carols, candy canes, snowman, hot cocoa and all of the other wonderful things about this time of the year, to encourage all of us to be aware, to show empathy, and to be kind to the people around us....more

Parenting, Am I Doing it Right?

So normally I don’t take to social media to vent or seek advice from. Recently however I have found myself wondering how many other parents, mothers or fathers, find themselves in a similar situation to the one I am currently navigating. I am a single mother with two very high energy boys. I love them unconditionally. I have a wonderful and supportive family that is there for me when I need them and their father is involved in their lives. I have worked hard to create and maintain a fairly good relationship with my ex-husband so that my children do not ever feel like have to choose a side....more

THE LAST GIFTS

In the few weeks since my father died, I have been thinking a lot about the gifts that came with his passing. There has been great sadness, but there also have been great blessings....more

Baking Bread

Do you still get those annoying chain emails that ask you simple questions and your job is to answer them as creatively as possible before sending it on to the next person?  I'll admit when I'm needing a break, I will still complete the questions at times with the silliest answers I can think of at the moment.  For example, one recently asked the usual, 1. Name...which I put my nickname as a high school student (that I will not list for the world to see).  2. Work...and so forth.  Two questions actually made me cry....more

The Holiday Newsletter...I don't think I'm doing it right

So far, I’ve received seven holiday newsletters. They’re enough to make me hope for mood stabilizers in my stocking.And I’m Jewish.Why is the annual celebration of your Lord also time to celebrate the result of a drunken night eight years ago when your diaphragm failed?...more

Hopes for a "Perfect" Holiday Season

The REAL ChristmasBy Stacy BartholomewEdited by Le Anne LindsayJoy, excitement,family, friends, lights, stress, harried, expense, cold, expectations, loneliness, disappointment. There is a lot of variety in those words isn't there? Think with me for just a minute. What are your hopes for a perfect holiday season?...more