13 Years

13 Years

13 years ago you arrived at 7:11pm on a Saturday. You were immediately surrounded by love as your family held you. Late that night, I held you in the dark and wished for a First Night of Motherhood manual. (Spoiler alert! There isn’t one…and if there had been, it wouldn’t…

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It goes so fast…

It goes so fast…

It goes so fast. We all know it. We feel it. We say it. Perhaps acknowledging it eases the pain of that fact ever so slightly. “It” can be anything…summer, vacation, childhood, life. So we feel the urge to do it right. But we’re human. And life is hard. Many…

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Seeing the Light-Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Seeing the Light-Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I hated Mother’s Day. I made the cards. I said the things. But I hated it. I didn’t have the “World’s Best Mom,” the greeting cards were talking about. I know now my mother did the best she could. But back then, it was really uncomfortable to pretend. My dad…

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Because I don’t know what else to do…

I’ll tell you she’s gone. I’ll tell you an entire life time ended without a sound. It likely ended a week before anyone knew it was over. It ended eighteen days before I knew. It ended in silence that belied the noise of my time with her. She died alone.…

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Slow Down for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

Slow Down for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

I feel the slight weight of his little hand on my shoulder as we walk. He has learned I am always here to steady him. When there are roots poking through dirt on the trail, when the hike takes a steep turn or when he needs to brace himself to…

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The Fresh Air Fund-Our First Experience As A Host Family

The Fresh Air Fund-Our First Experience As A Host Family

The massive bus pulled into the parking lot and came to a stop. The small crowd of onlookers cheered.  One by one, names were called and the children stepped off the bus and into the bright July sunlight. It was the tall ones who got me, some of them almost…

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Journey South

Journey South

A Monarch Butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, dries its wings and begins to fly south.   He does not learn this behavior.  It is genetically built in.  Scientists do not fully understand how each year, the fourth generation of Monarchs are able to make the amazing journey  from Canada and the…

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Meet, Plan, Go…Long Term Travel is for Real

Meet, Plan, Go…Long Term Travel is for Real

About two years ago I read a story about a family who drove from Argentina to Alaska. I was intrigued. I knew of single people and couples who were traveling long term, but this family made travel seem possible for me, a wife and mom to three young children. I…

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Not so high

Not so high

I’m sitting. The realization surprises me. Relief and disbelief wash over me. I look around and confirm the validity of this relaxing moment.  I am alone at a playground with all three of my children.  They are having fun.  They are all safe.  And I am sitting. Four years ago…

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Lessons on politics and human kindness at the diner

Lessons on politics and human kindness at the diner

Stories are everywhere.  From our limited perspective, many remain incomplete to us.  We observe an isolated interaction between parent and child at the grocery store.  We see a couple holding hands on the street.  We hear a disagreement between a sales person and a customer.  We catch a glimpse of…

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