Posts in category "family"

25 leadership skills my husband teaches me to embrace

25 leadership skills my husband teaches me to embrace
In honor of my husband’s May 1st birthday, I’ve been thinking about his many talents that help me lead… His example teaches me to embrace these leadership skills. We all succeed when we do our best. He has high standards. Dare I say perfection. Have faith. Our family is Roman Catholic. We are traditional and progressive.... Read more »

Ultimate comfort food: my Mom's oatmeal raisin cookies

Ultimate comfort food: my Mom's oatmeal raisin cookies
My nurturing Mom regularly bakes her signature oatmeal raisin cookies. They helped my college friend’s and I survive finals every semester. They’re consistent and unique to my Mom. The smell of her moist cookies wafting through our cozy childhood home is a constant. My oldest asks if we can bake Grandma’s cookies when she’s not near. It’s not... Read more »

Friends empower us to lead with kindness

Friends empower us to lead with kindness
Friends lift you up on their shoulders figuratively and literally to help lead. My Mom unconditionally loves friends and cheers for them from every stage of her life. They’re our extended family who pack the church or ceremony location for weddings and funerals. Friends are loyal mentors and support systems who help each other problem... Read more »
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My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions

My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun time of year regardless of your ethnic background and faith. You can skip the green beer and adult beverages and still have fun. It’s been a long winter. Green shamrocks mean spring is nearly here. 1) Bake and break bread with friends. Try my Mom’s Irish soda bread recipe.... Read more »

Embracing interfaith experiences: our Catholic family's Jewish school

Embracing interfaith experiences: our Catholic family's Jewish school
Although my husband and I are Catholic, we chose to start our boys’ education with the Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS) in Chicago. It’s broadened our religious education, faith and community. I grew-up in Chicago near JCYS Michael R. Lutz Center. I have lifelong friends who are both Jewish and non-Jewish who had the best... Read more »

Happy three year old birthday!

Happy three year old birthday!
Dear Patrick, Happy three year old birthday sweet boy! You already demonstrate compassion. You say “be happy. Why are you sad?” You share, help and love so deep. You bring the joy and love. This last Valentine’s Day, you were so proud to plant kisses and wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! You still write and... Read more »
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96-year-old Grandma gives love advice

96-year-old Grandma gives love advice
Some older couples exude deep love and wisdom. That’s my parents who hold hands and praise each other. That was also my Dad’s parents. Although my Grandfather passed away 20 years ago, I’m grateful for daily calls and regular visits with my Grandma. Our family foundation is based on doing the right thing. My Grandma... Read more »

When Mommy guilt fades on a business trip

When Mommy guilt fades on a business trip
Parenting is an emotional roller coaster. I juggle my career and love for my almost three-year-old and five-year-old boys. Despite occasional Mommy guilt, I do my best for my family and professional commitments. I recently prepared my family before my Midyear Meeting without them in San Diego. I anticipated professional meetings and programs after months... Read more »

Why city living is better than suburban living

Why city living is better than suburban living
Trips to the suburbs make me nervous. It’s easy to get lost on expressways with confusing numbered lanes. If you miss your fancy country train, you’re out of luck. You are far from the skyscrapers, world famous museums and some of the best theater. Some suburbs are so remote; your cell may drop service. Gasp!... Read more »
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Top 10 traditions with Grandpa

Top 10 traditions with Grandpa
Dear Grandpa, Happy birthday to the best Grandfather, Daniel Thomas Gillespie! To get excited about your special day, we listed our top ten favorite traditions with you. You held us at the hospital after we were born. You take us for walks around Chicago. You teach us to love God, our family and country. You... Read more »