Category: Volunteering

A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world

A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world
                    Are you making the world a better place? The teenager pictured above is. Her name is Katie Costenaro, and she is changing the world one family tragedy at a time. Katie’s Story Katie is a 17 year-old, high school junior in Braidwood, IL. She is... Read more »

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
First, ALS is an insidious disease that is finally getting the attention and donations it has needed for a long time. I’m glad this #ALSIceBucketChallenge is here raising awareness. For the longest time, I seemed to skate through all the videos and Facebook posts without being challenged to participate, until today. Today, my friend and... Read more »

What I miss most in my life

What I miss most in my life
Tonight is the last Wednesday of the month, so, therefore it is Blogapalooz-hour here at ChicagoNow. Tonight’s assignment, if we choose to accept it, is to write about something, someone or someplace that we miss. We have one hour to complete the assignment. I am an hour-and-a-half late. It’s 10:30pm, and I just realized I... Read more »
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Single parents are my heroes

How DO single parents do it? How do they work all day, tend their kids, take care of the house, pay the bills, get the laundry done, and still keep their sanity? I am baffled and awed by these parents. Single parents are my heroes. Last week, I was on my own. Well, sorta. My... Read more »

I prayed for something - God laughed and gave me better

Last Spring, after being a SAHM for over 11 years and for a variety of reasons, my hubby and I decided it was time for me to look for paid employment. So, I prayed for a job. God laughed and gave me far better than I could have ever asked for. I applied for several... Read more »

2013 Christmas update letter

In a previous post called Are you on my Christmas cards list?, I talked about the update letter I include with all of my Christmas cards. Since there is zero chance of me ever being able to afford to send all of you a Christmas card, this is as good as it gets this year. (Some... Read more »
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Fevers are not welcome here

Why do holidays and fevers always happen at the same time? My youngest is complaining of ear pain and is running a 100.9 degree fever. She’s miserable, poor kid. Dangit, fevers are NOT welcome here! It never seems to fail – I have a 21 pound turkey defrosting in the basement fridge, all the goodies... Read more »

I wanted to be funny, but tornadoes are not funny

Rats. I really wanted to be funny tonight. I wanted to write about silly things – funny things. So much of my life is funny this should be easy, right? I even considered writing about random funny things again. This weekend was our missions convention at church. We had a fabulous, dynamic speaker, Dr. Ron... Read more »

Supermom does not live here

Supermom does not live here, even though I tried. Really, I tried. Yesterday was my first day of being gainfully employed for the first time in 8 years. I haven’t been employed full-time in over 11 years. To say this new routine is an adjustment is an enormous understatement. Now, don’t get me wrong –... Read more »
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Why you should never burn those former employment bridges

This stay at home mom, after 11 1/2 years, is an employed mom and it only took me 2 weeks of seriously looking to get employed. That’s why you should never burn those former employment bridges, and I’ll explain why. My resumĂ© could easily be 4 pages if I listed everything I’ve done since I... Read more »