Tag: Family

I ran away from my husband, kids and job, and I'm not sorry

I’m exhausted. Between working 45-50 hours per week, taking classes for CEU’s to maintain my human resources certifications, making time for my husband and my kids, and a variety of other time sponges, I am spent. There’s nothing left in the tank to give. So, I ran away from my husband, kids and job, and... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Help at last!

Trichotillomania: Help at last!
Finally, finally, finally!! HELP AT LAST!! My oldest daughter, now sixteen years old, has struggled with trichotillomania since she was 7 years old. Trichotillomania (trich) is an impulse control disorder (ICD), body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB), where a person unconsciously pulls out his/her own hair, eyelashes and/or eyebrows. The first pediatrician said, “Don’t worry about it.... Read more »

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me
Today I am officially 50 years old. FIFTY. I keep saying it to myself, hoping that I will eventually believe it. I know people who celebrate their birthdays in extravagant ways, or celebrate for more than one day. Growing up in a working class family, birthdays were celebrated, but it was a one day thing –... Read more »
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Holding her while she took her last breath was the best thing I could have done

It’s been a rough few months in our home, but last Friday was one of the most difficult days of my life. She was a baby when we brought her home. Big, beautiful brown eyes that glittered with mischief had me at first glance. She played hard, slept harder and was an absolute snuggle bug.... Read more »

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me
With all of my grandparents gone, and with the passing of my maternal uncle over the summer, I know many of the stories I hoped to hear are lost for good. So, I did it. I purchased a DNA test from ancestry.com, the site with my family trees and where I do most of my... Read more »

Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband

Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband
First, I want to say that I adore my husband, and I do NOT want him dead. That being said, I am still thankful for the woman that nearly killed him yesterday, and this post will explain why. My husband is an avid angler. Translation? He loves to go fishing. We worked very hard most... Read more »
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Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?
My husband does the shopping now that he’s retired, and I work full-time. We do most of our shopping at Aldi, but today was a Jewel run. In order for me to have a night off from cooking dinner, he “made dinner” and bought a fried chicken for $5.99. It’s normally, $6.99, but today is dollar-off... Read more »

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack
Life around our house is never dull, but this particular August evening was especially memorable. As the newly appointed office manager at work, I work long hours, while my husband, now retired, takes care of the kids, the dogs and the house. However, we all like to eat, so I do the cooking. When I... Read more »

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then
Several years ago, I started doing my family’s ancestry research on Ancestry.com. I’ve learned about my great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. I discovered two maternal ancestral lines that trace back to Colonists-turned-Revolutionists back in the 1770’s. I’ve even discovered that I am a direct descendant of William Brewster, elder of the Puritans and... Read more »
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How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »