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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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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Kennett Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert and Instrument Zoo

Kennett Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert and Instrument Zoo

Our passion for music has taken us on many adventures over the past few years. Music has the ability to teach so much more than music itself. It has  taught us about people, places and ideas. It has inspired us. It has opened our minds. It has motivated us to…

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Whack Those Winter Blues

Whack Those Winter Blues

Winters here in Pennsylvania can be long, cold and dreary. Any activity that can break the monotony of the fifty thousand shades of gray in the bleak sky is most welcome. During last year’s particularly cold and snowy winter, my husband came up with one of those activities. It was…

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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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Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Each year, the last generation of Monarch Butterflies makes an amazing journey from points north in Canada and North America to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  Monarchs are facing rapid population decline.  Much milkweed, the plant necessary to Monarch survival, is lost as grasslands are converted for growing crops.  The…

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