Archive for November 2011

Local Family Featured in Chicago Tribune Today: Should Their Adoption Efforts Be Stopped?

Local Family Featured in Chicago Tribune Today: Should Their Adoption Efforts Be Stopped?
I originally wrote this piece to spread the word about Carolyn Twietmeyer, a local mom who advocates for the adoption of children with HIV. She and the not-so-local organization she started, Project Hopeful, was featured in the Chicago Tribune this morning and in light of this compelling article, I thought it best to refresh your memory... Read more »

We're Thankful, But Now What? Living a Fruitful Life

We're Thankful, But Now What? Living a Fruitful Life
I have heard a lot about being thankful over the past couple of days, reminding us to be appreciative every day of the year. This concept of continual gratitude is a wonderful way to practice living. But what comes of being gracious and thankful? How about living a fruitful life? One which graces us with... Read more »

Mutant Lice Attack! Will Your Child Bring Them to Thanksgiving Dinner?

Mutant Lice Attack!  Will Your Child Bring Them to Thanksgiving Dinner?
I can’t stop itching. And scratching. And walking around acting like a dog with fleas. It all started the second week of school with a note on attention-worthy pastel colored paper haphazardly stuffed into my youngest child‘s backpack. Welcome back to school – Please check your kid’s head for bugs. A student in your child’s... Read more »
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Dear Santa, Just Put Mucinex in my Stocking this Year

Dear Santa, Just Put Mucinex in my Stocking this Year
It’s that time of year again! No, not the holidays, silly people, TIME TO GET SICK! Time to stock up on Kleenex, vitamin C, Zicam, Advil, Tussin, and barf buckets. For me, the holidays mean it’s time to start the yearly tradition of getting sick. Germs love me. It’s been that way my entire life,... Read more »

Help! My Lipoma is Growing and other True Confessions from a Suburban Mom

Help!  My Lipoma is Growing and other True Confessions from a Suburban Mom
As I look outside my home office window, I am inspired by the bare branches exposing the awkward, gnarled limbs of my once beautiful trees.  In the interest of public safety, I have decided to keep my awkward, gnarled limbs covered and write this blog post instead. So grab a sweater, a cup of the... Read more »

Lessons Learned from Marriage...

Lessons Learned from Marriage...
I love seeing elderly people holding hands. It gives me hope that I will live out my days with my friend and husband, Peter. We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary Wednesday and as I thought about our time together, I made a mental list of all the things I have learned so far in my... Read more »
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Cadella Medical Spa and Wellness Center: A Sincere Space for Aesthetic Guidance

Cadella Medical Spa and Wellness Center: A Sincere Space for Aesthetic Guidance
I have a pretty basic approach to my beauty regimen, and find as I drift into my more sophisticated years, I have become in tune with my body. Inevitably, just as I have my internal and external physique figured out, I become pregnant, my body changes and I must start again. Hormones, the most powerful... Read more »

Heartwarming Story Alert: Awesome Kids, Awesome Teachers

Heartwarming Story Alert: Awesome Kids, Awesome Teachers
I love being inspired by others and find people who work with children and teens to be on my list of people I most admire. Some teachers really changed my life and the memory of what they taught me still sticks in my mind to this day. I have known Michelle Darcy for several years... Read more »