Posts tagged "family"

Surprise! It's A Boy!

Surprise! It's A Boy!
by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor I was convinced that my first child was a girl. I decorated the nursery in a gender neutral farm set; little lambs and cows and baby chicks eagerly awaited her arrival. My friends and family dutifully purchased all of the green and yellow items on my registry... Read more »

Bottling Up the Day to Day: Beyond Lifestyle Photography

“It’s time to start letting go,” I decided a few months ago, but this time with a whole heart and not a half-assed attempt to convince myself by making a fake declaration out loud. The laundry in piles, dishes in the sink and the back yard strangely reminiscent of a junkyard, yet I had never... Read more »

Faux Farms

I want a faux farm. I dream of skipping about with Midwest wildflowers in one hand and feeding chickens with the other. I long to pause and reflect about life while leaning by a rusted silo or a red paint chipped barn. This song from Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird plays on repeat in the... Read more »
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2013 Resolution: Embrace the Imperfections

In 2013, I will embrace my imperfect life. I am a perfectionist, and I am exhausted. I didn’t realize how truly out of control my perfectionism had gotten until I was in the midst of searching for that “perfect” holiday card photo. After hours of searching through my computer picture files, cell phone pictures and... Read more »

All I want for Christmas is my sister

All I want for Christmas is my sister
I haven’t seen my sister in almost a decade. In fact, it has been so many years since I last saw her that I’m not certain she has met my 9 year old son. I wish I would’ve known the last time I saw her, that it was going to be the last time I... Read more »

Black Friday: Stay Home and be Thankful

Black Friday: Stay Home and be Thankful
I confess I fear Black Friday. As a child, I feared Black Friday the way others feared the dark, strangers and death. Black Friday sounded ominous and lurking, something to feed my overly active childish imagination and nightmares. Black Friday — a day where the sun never rises and darkness suffocates the unicorns. My family stayed in pajamas all day... Read more »
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Family Game Night!

Family Game Night!
We’re a board game kind of family. Enticed by competitive interaction, our family of 4 has been playing the heck out of a few board games lately spurring conversation, giggles and at least 30 minutes of fun. We prefer tournaments with out-of-the-ordinary rules and clever characters to match the madcap crew I am happy to... Read more »

Born To Stride: Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Research

Born To Stride: Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Research
I love to take walks along the Fox River Trail in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. I can always appreciate the dense trees and the sound of the water flowing next to the path. Sure, the bikers whiz by sometimes lacking “trail etiquette” and every now and then, those pesky water bugs fly into your... Read more »

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 »
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All My Heart In Seoul

I am proud to introduce Mary Choquette, my dear friend and PWAP guest columnist, who has an amazing story to tell about her time in Seoul, South Korea. Her tale will certainly bring a smile and a few tears. Enjoy! About a year and a half ago, Andrew’s career took us to Seoul.  We were... Read more »