Posts tagged "Love"

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man
by Patrick O’Hara, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor I realize we are a couple of weeks removed from Mother’s Day,  but there aren’t a lot of spots open on that day in a parenting-themed blog. This post serves as a show of my appreciation to my mom and also as her belated Mother’s Day gift.... Read more »

The 5:00 Reboost: Shaking Off A Rough Day

The 5:00 Reboost: Shaking Off A Rough Day
My lovely friend Crystal, loaned my family a book series by Cynthia Rylant, which features Mr. Putter, an elderly man, and his cat, Tabby. I have been friends with Crystal for over 15 years and if there is one thing I know for certain – her taste in literature is always interesting, funny and memorable.... Read more »

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage
At 18, I walked into his restaurant with swagger in each step, dreams in my eyes and sass on my tongue. Jeff was supposed to be yet another man whom I would tease and watch stumble over my flirtatious overtures. Instead, he bantered with me and accepted my challenge. The story of my 15-year marriage... Read more »
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I'm a 35-year-old Woman Who Misses Her Grandpa

I'm a 35-year-old Woman Who Misses Her Grandpa
Grandparents. Good for spoiling your children and the perfect babysitters. Nobody can do it like Grandma or Grandpa and I have to admit, I had a favorite. My Polish Grandpa, who passed away 12 years ago this past December, I think was a little sweet on me, too. I remember the last time I spoke... Read more »

A Better List of Holiday Movies: So Long White Christmas!

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Tired of the usual Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, my Christmas season movie list is a little different than the rest… Home for the Holidays This movie is hysterical and completely sums up what a good old fashioned family is all about. It’s about avoiding sensitive issues until they erupt in... 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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Should 5-Year-Olds Kiss Their Friends on the Lips?

It’s a little hard to define things for small children and a few subjects have been recurring lately for my almost 5-year-old. Death, marriage, and love to be specific. Death I tend to be vague about and plainly say when someone dies, they go to Heaven and live with Jesus. (Our personal family belief.) I... Read more »

Staying too long at a pity party? How to get out of the funk...

I have been in a real funk lately and I do not like it. I used to like a good pity party, but now I find it distracting and useless. Usually I can work out or get inspired out of a temporary depression, but this time, it is different. I am coming off a rough... Read more »

The Perfect Valentine Dinner Destination (Or any meal for that matter!)

I worked at a tanning salon in a video store. What?
If there is one thing I love and can’t seem to get enough of is being doted upon. When we first started dating, my husband did swoon about and pamper me like a seasoned professional. Then again, we were in college where our biggest concern was getting to class on time and meeting for lunch... Read more »
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I'm ready to get mad!

Yesterday’s headlines have been a good reality check/smack in the face for me. 14 Decapitated bodies found in Mexico ResortBloodbath:  Portuguese Journalist SlainNation Shocked: Congresswoman Shot in Tucson I am humbled and completely grateful for my content and abundant life.  A few days ago, I thought all day about my torn jeans.  I dropped my... Read more »