Thoughtful Thursday Week 45 - Ten More Years

As we were sharing cupcakes with my son's friends in Adventurers, the program director said, "Mom, he is eight now. You have 10 more years with him..." I sighed and agreed with her. Ten more years. That's it. I have taken care of him for eight years. I am staring down a not-so-long corridor of 10 more years. It really does not seem that long anymore, getting him to 18....more

5 Things I Would Tell the First-Time-Mom Version of Me

Whether it’s your first or your third, having a baby is life changing in ways you never seem to imagine. I was so blissfully unaware before the birth of my first child 12 years ago. I made so many mistakes, had so many errors in judgment, and really just missed out on so much when he was a baby. ...more
Amen to wearing your maternity leggings postpartum!!!more

I've Been A Mom For 8 Years

Eight years ago, a tiny baby boy introduced me to the maternal instinct by arriving into the world and screaming at the top of his lungs day and night. It was a rude introduction to all things maternal and it did not help that most people around me kept giving me advice and criticizing my choices directly or indirectly. Thankfully, my husband and I constitute a great team and, with God's help, we made it through the first year just fine....more

The True Meaning of 'Important'

The day was coming to an end, and there were still plenty of important things yet to be done: emails to send, dinner ingredients to prep, and a toy-littered house that had been neglected for way too long. And then, the minute I finally set the baby down to play on the floor so I can be productive, it happened.My 3 year old tugged on my hand, one of her favorite books in her little outstretched arms and her face beaming with excitement....more

Kids Can Be Jerks (and Other Things New Parents Should Admit)

Ah, the joys of parenthood. "Cherish every moment," you hear. "It goes so fast!" Yeah, well, when entering the active labor stage was your last relaxing evening at home, I assure you -- not fast enough. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes, I have made it my life's mission to out ...more

What's the Definition of Motherhood? (Spoiler: Insanity)

My first serious boss, at my first serious job, used to repeat it over and over. It was a mantra to try new approaches, to work harder, to get the job done. A few years later, when I was now the serious boss, I used to say the same thing to my team, expecting creativity, diligence and success. ...more

How to make pumpkin butts

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Who Are You, Mama?

When I was six months pregnant, I got my favorite parenting advice so far. I was slouched at my desk, which was overflowing with everything necessary to help me wrap up a school year as assistant director at a child care center and begin another summer as director of a day camp program - lists and binders and first aid kits and behavior charts and emergency cards and Post-its. So many Post-its....more

Organizing your digital photos

I have been working on a big, mammoth sized project that feels never-ending….so my first tip is to get ahead of organizing your digital photos now…don’t wait.  I wish I had started this 10 years ago when digital photos started and I wouldn’t be spending hours organizing old files.   But, now that I am here – I am working on organizing our digital photos so I can easily find when looking for them!    Someday I am going to organize my printed photos….but I think that will be a little easier as I can make piles, sort by date or event and place them in albums. ...more

10 Tips for stress free days

Creating normalcy and balance is a really unpredictable life can be hard.  Add other humans that are you responsible for life can quickly become chaotic.  Whether you have a spouse, children, parents or even friends that you are responsible for – avoiding doing life isn’t possible.  Here are my tips of the trade for making the most of your time with loved ones....more
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