Sibling Bereavement

When someone dies, the parents or the spouse are the ones who seem to attract the most sympathy and support, which is what they deserve. But I hope also that the siblings get their support, too. Even if they seem to not understand or even if they seem like they are not affected. It doesn't matter how young or how grown up they are. They will grieve in their unique way....more
livingwelldying CompGrief everyone who knows the deceased needs supportmore

Accepting the Mommy Guilt

Let me tell you about my son. Cian is two and a half. Cian lives a much different life than his sisters did when they were his age. He doesn't go to Music Together class. He hasn't been signed up for MyGym. We hardly ever, ever go to the library, but that's mainly because I never remember to take back the books on time and we keep racking up overdue fees (role model up in HERE!). His last playdate was two months ago. Want to know what Cian does?...more


 The spiritual practice we are focusing on this month is forgiveness. As I began to pray about this, I wondered how I was going to talk about forgiveness and food. It was during our Living the Five Agreements group when I realized that what had helped me stop overeating and eating compulsively was when I began forgiving myself and others....more

Kids grow up too fast.

My daughter goes back to school on Monday. It's been a very long summer, and I didn't think we were going to survive parts of it. As much as I love my children and being a stay-at-home mom, those long summer days and (so much) togetherness can be enough to push an otherwise sane person over the edge (and I was already teetering pretty close). But, we made it and now that the summer is almost over, I'm actually a little sad....more

Struggling with the Guilt that I Didn't Know Would Come with a Miscarriage

Struggling With the Guilt That I Didn’t Know Would Come With A Miscarriage...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more
❤️Marisol Smithmore

Flash Fiction: I Used To Dream About You Dying

There are some dreams you shouldn't tell people about. This is one of them....more

Mom brings home the bacon. (And the milk.)

My son was six weeks old when I returned to work. And I had the same thought every day when I dropped him off at day care:...more

Coming to terms with my seasonal selves

 Showed up at the airport for the first time since the beginning of the year, and understandably received exclamations of "Where have you been?!" "Haven't seen you in awhile!" "You been busy?" from friends at our first potluck of the season....more

Under Pressure: When There's No Time & Your Worst Enemy is YOU.

Time.There is NEVER enough.As a result, I often find myself feeling an immense pressure to get things done.  To check things off my to-do list.  To keep my head above water and not drown in a sea of responsibilities or unfinished business.  The pressure weighs on me like a lead blanket and I become stressed, overwhelmed and anxious....more