Posts in category "choose hope"

To Every Mom of Small Kids Saying STOP IT - I See You

I see you at Panera telling her to stop dumping the salt in the water. I see you at the park telling him to stop licking the bench – I have one doing that too. I see you in the bathroom telling them to stop smearing whatever that is onto the wall. I see you... Read more »

How to Persist in Kindness while Living in a Culture of Meanness

As we got out of our car last weekend to go to a new tumbling class (which both kids refused to do – but that’s another story), the woman in the car in front of us came over and said, “I’m random acts of kindness-ing you” and handed me a parking meter stub to put... Read more »

Holding Hands - Shots of Hope to Carry Us Through

When you need a buddy.
Holding hands. Such a simple act. A touch. A reassurance. A reminder that someone is here. A shot of hope. A jolt of courage. Of love – pure love. This is where I find my hope today. Maybe you too can garner some hope and love here. This is the we. Stronger than fear. Stronger... Read more »
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But You Don't Look Like an Alcoholic

As I was squeezing lemons into my water this morning in the office kitchen, a co-worker laughed and asked, “are you making sangria?” I then screamed “NO I AM NOT BECAUSE I AM A RAGING ALCOHOLIC HOW DARE YOU – YOU – YOU IGNORAMUS” and ran out of the kitchen with the sting of lemon burning... Read more »

Things moms think about at 5am

I cannot seem to sleep past 5am anymore.  No matter what day it is, no matter if I have to go to work or not, my eyes flip open at about 5am automatically every single day.  Our kids sleep until 6 or 6:30, but there I am, wide awake, full of anxiety and worry and... Read more »

Finding the Light of the Sun

One more day.  Just today.  That’s all we have.  This 24 hours will be gone before we know it and what will we have done? That damn sun comes out every morning.  We may not see it, but it’s still there.  It sounds trite and cliche, but it’s a fact.   No matter what is... Read more »
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I am so Angry and Tired and Sad but I Refuse to Stop Rising Up

I swear to god the punches just keep on coming. If it’s something good and decent and kind, it will be ripped away right now.  It feels like every good move or victory for empathy and compassion and inclusion has been burned to the ground, or will be soon and I am just holding my... Read more »

Things I Love Thursday - Simple Pleasures with Little Kids

Today is my favorite. I know, I know.  There’s a lot going on and believe me, I’m weighed down by it all 24/7 just like you, but dammit if what’s right in front of me ain’t too good to be true. The sun was shining this morning in Chicago and as we’ve not had much... Read more »

Things I Love Thursday - The Obamas

Many have written their beautiful tributes to President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their girls turned young women as of late.  I was going to let it pass and let others do the thanking for me, but alas, I need to throw my thanks in as well.  If you’re not here for this,... Read more »
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Pacifier Addiction: Letting Go of the Paci with the Help of a Pink Build-a-Bear

Our kids just turned four (not sure if you heard). From early on, our girl favored a pacifier (paci), while our boy favored his lovey (Dida). I never really gave a rip what they used while they slept, as long as they weren’t harmful or impacting their health and growth.  All was fine according to dentists... Read more »