Hey! We’re Doing It!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the stories you shared with me this week. Your comments were SO encouraging. I especially love that we weren’t having a big pity party. Just the opposite, in fact – this became a spontaneous celebration of determination: Things sometimes suck, but we’re all working hard and tying the […]

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Mother’s Day

I just realized that Sunday is Mother’s Day. Holy crap, you guys. This holiday? My ongoing nightmare. And it’s not even The Cherubs’ fault. (It will be once the day passes and they’ve done nothing but throw together a magic marker card at 5pm because they saw a commercial on TV and thought, “Oh sh*t! […]

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Work Out for 12 months/gain 10 pounds!

Happy Monday! Monday is our favorite day around here, because it’s the day when the Cherubs go to school to spend seven hours learning all the things from people who aren’t me. They love it, I love it, it’s good for all involved. And it moves us toward the one big goal I have left […]

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Adoption – almost three years

Finally, we’re a normal family. I’m working on a guest post about our adoption for another site, trying to condense three years of intensity and insanity into a few concise, feel-good paragraphs. Holy crap, it can’t be done. I can’t make the process look pretty. But I can point to the results and say, Hey! […]

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Sharing a Win

I told you about the Women’s Retreat. And the CFCS Gala. But I also want to share a big family win that happened in the midst of it all. Last Friday was the first night I’ve spent away from home & the kids since they moved in with us almost two years ago. We hugged […]

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The Best I’ve Looked Since 3rd Grade

In Third Grade, I had a very special outfit, probably my favorite thing I have ever worn. It began with forest green polyester pants. This was the 70s, so of course they were flares, and they swooshed back and forth as I walked, as if each of my knees had its own skirt. There was […]

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The Full Weight of Adoption

I just tried on all my summer clothes. Nothing fits. Again. I have not worked out in any meaningful, sustained way in at least 8 months, and yet I’m shocked (SHOCKED!) to discover that I am facing yet another warm season with a wardrobe that consists of one pair of jeans and a single billowy […]

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My Fashion Woes

A couple of months ago, I went to Steve’s company holiday party dressed like an Amish nun. I didn’t mean to.  The dress code was “classy cocktail,” which I interpreted to mean, Like you’re coming from work, only a step up. I found a cute preppy dress from Tommy Hilfiger. It was a little big, […]

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You’ll Need to Escape

This will seem like a lighthearted post about hobbies, but it’s actually about survival. It’s only in hindsight that I recognize the unexpected things that kept me sane during the tough parts of our foster care/adoption process, and what I see now is that when things get tough, I pick up a random hobby. It’s […]

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Stop the World, I Want To Get Off

I know this will shock you, but not every moment in our household is delightful and heartwarming. This was especially bad in the first year, when I so regularly found myself in situations I had no clue how to handle.      Can you go to some random park with your friends? How should I know? […]

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