Where Did the Busy Week Go {Edition 10}

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Really, this week was filled with a lot of things
– in fact, way too many things.

  • Monday was spent administering college final exams and grading until the wee hours of the night.
  • Tuesday afternoon my daughter got sick.
  • And Wednesday – I got sick.

As I mentally recapped my week, I began thinking how there wasn’t that much that I wanted to photographically remember about the week. Then I reviewed some of the photos I shot on my iPhone and surprisingly realized that we actually did a lot of good things over the week too.

Often I forget the good times when faced with a couple days of unfortunate events.

I am the first to say that photos – don’t tell the whole story. My family, we struggle and have bad moments just as much as the next. I often talk about our struggles in posts that I categorize under “Things I’d like to remember.”

Yet my busy week posts are like my electronic scrapbook of the moments I cherish. They represent our weekly highlights NOT our occasional shadows. So here are our week’s highlights in one place:

BusyWeek10-HolidayEdition

We got most of our Christmas cards out.

We spent evenings hanging out with our dog,
looking at our tree trimmings
and smiling at the stockings ready for Santa.

We baked Christmas goodies,
filled our advent calendar,
went to fancy holiday parties,
and wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped some more.

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Not my normal Busy Week post – yet definitely worth remembering… especially to help shed some light on the shadows. Sometimes we all need to remember to shine a light on our shadowy memories.

In fact, the only way to fight the shadows is with light. Right?

Leave a Comment: Do you ever struggle to remember the highlights of the week?

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The Holiday Break-up

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“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.”

(additional adaptation)
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight,
or that his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

But I’m fairly certain – had the Grinch lived today,
It could possibly have been the challenge of keeping…

The Toys ‘R Us emails at bay.

Your a Mean One. Mr Grinch!

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I realize that this is going to make me sound a little Grinchy. (Especially after last week’s post.)
However I just can’t take all the packages, boxes and bags anymore.

Shopping – an American pastime that used to be near and dear to me – currently makes me cringe and practically break into hives simply at the thought of it. (I think my Black Friday expedition, might have completely done me in.)

And poor Toys ‘R Us was the recent, unfortunate recipient of my desperate backlash.

Parting Ways

The other day I made a impulsive, emotional decision…
I hit “unsubscribed” to Toys ‘R Us.

Toys 'R Us Unsubscribe

I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Emails every day.
Sometimes twice a day.

Who am I kidding, it was way more than that.
Sometimes I would receive 4 emails in less then 24 hours.

My Inbox

A screen shot of what my email inbox has looked like on any given day since Thanksgiving.

So this past week I did it, in the middle of the week I clicked unsubscribe.
Confirmation of my spur-of-the-moment decision came shortly there afterwards.

Unsubscribe Thank You Email from Toys 'R Us

It’s official, Toys ‘R Us and I have electronically parted ways. Yes, I have broken up our nearly decade-long relationship.

Relief? Definitely. (Ridiculous but true!)
Grinchy attitude? Maybe.

I love the holidays.
What I don’t love it seems…

Is the reminder to shop (for things we really don’t need)*.

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“And what happened then…? Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

(additional adaptation)
And then the true meaning of Christmas came through,
without all the Toys ‘R Us emails to view.

Leave a Comment: Consumer emails – Love ’em or hate ’em? How do you keep your holiday spirit as the endless flow of ads and promotions are flung in your face?

* Don’t get me wrong, our tree is still trimmed with gifts underneath – but really, sometimes enough is enough…

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Where Did the Busy Week Go? {Edition 9}

Every Friday – that’s my goal – to share my busy week through pictures. This has become a lot of work such a labor of love and a great way to remember some of the better things that happened throughout the week.

Our Busy Weeked #9

Saturday and Sunday we watched my middle play basketball.
(Which of course meant that we had to also watch my youngest “try” to stay off the court!)

We visited with Santa on Saturday evening at our hometown’s
historical village during a downtown “Holiday Happenings” event.
(For our Santa photo – and a good story about his magic – visit Monday’s post.)

On Sunday I threw a small shower for two good friends expecting their 3rd child.
Together we ate lunch (soup, salad and croissants), talked (a lot!) and designed
one-of-a-kind onesies with a little help from fabric remnants, markers and stencils.

Sunday evening was spent watching the Grinch on TV.
However, since it was a school night, and the Grinch was on until 10:30…

We didn’t get to finish the movie. Boo.

Our Busy (foggy) Monday

Lucky for my kids, Monday we had an unusual fog delay…
Just enough time to finish watching the Grinch before school started
(since I didn’t let them stay up to finish it the night before).

Monday night brought on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

We’re not that much of a TV family… however, I’ve come
to the conclusion that we watch more TV during the holidays,
then the entire year put all together.

Our Busy Toddler Tuesday

Tuesday marks music day.
My littlest has SO. MUCH. FUN. with his friends at music class.
Afterwards, we met up with my husband for lunch
before our toddlers’ speech appointment.

Tuesday morning always wears my youngest out for his afternoon nap,
just in time for my afternoon staff meeting – whew!

Our Busy Wednesday (Team Jack)

This week my young nephew (already a cancer survivor)
began treatment to remove another tumor that was found on his spine.

Wednesday we celebrated his return from his first treatment with prayers
and by wearing our “Team Jack” jerseys.

Mothers Central Thursday - Taking a Break

A wise friend said to me after returning from our Florida vacation:

“It’s one thing to know to take time off.
It’s another thing to actually DO IT.”

As a busy parent, taking a break for just ourselves can be challenging.
Statistically speaking, when given extra time in my day,
9 out of 10 times I often end up spending that time on household chores.

How about you?

This week’s Mothers Central Post reflects on the odd day
where I actually remembered to take a break.

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Leave a Comment: What did you fill your busy week with? Is your family as addicted to holiday TV as mine?

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Linking up again with Susi of Boca Frau for her Picture Perfect Weekly.
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The Magic of the Elf?

What could be more ridiculous than going shopping on Black Friday?

Right?!
I know… ridiculous.

However, there was one item on sale that morning that I just had to have, so I decided to brave the crowds bright and early that morning. In order to make my time worthwhile, I arranged to meet up with my Mother-in-Law just after the “big purchase” and cross a few other things off of my Christmas to-do list.

Which eventually took me to the aisles of Target.
Which in turn led me to the one thing that can be more ridiculous than Black Friday shopping …

The Elf.

OK. Not just any elf. The Elf on the Shelf.

The Elf we DO NOT own.
The Elf I do not want to own.
(No matter how much my children beg.)

There I was, minding my own business, en route to a very important toy in the back of Target, when we passed “it” – strategically placed within an enormous end cap displayed in the book aisle (to better pass it off as educational maybe?) with the message:

“Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice?
The Elf on the Shelf® – A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool
that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list.”

Image taken straight from the online Elf on the Shelf Superstore itself.
(Because, you know… Santa needs to make money too, right?)

I didn’t look twice, but my Mother-and-law (who I don’t think fully grasped the entire concept of the Elf yet) stopped, pointed towards the end cap display and said, “There it IS! The Elf! Your daughter wants that SO badly. Maybe I should get it for her?”

I gave her the benefit of the doubt (since I don’t believe the Elf was around when she had small children) and responded by emphatically explaining that the Elf was not welcome in my house.

  • I’ve read all about stressed out “elfs” searching for new creative ways to mischievously move throughout their house.
  • I’ve seen good, solid people FREAK OUT after their “elf” forgot to move, desperate for a believable excuse to tell their children WHY.
  • I’ve listened to friend after friend after friend talk about this damn elf with some weird form of “loving contempt.”

No. Thank. You.
I don’t need another love-hate relationship.
I don’t need yet another thing to worry about over the month of December.
I do not need this elf.
(Even if it is a proven way to increase my odds of better behaved children.)

My mother-in-law quickly agreed (bless her heart – probably for fear of her own life and to keep the peace during our early morning shopping excursion).

  • My oldest daughter is nearly 10 (she doesn’t need another thing to believe in)
  • My middle is son is 6 (we’ve managed somewhat successfully this far without the Elf)
  • My youngest is 2 (I’m not certain he even quite gets Santa yet…)

I just don’t see the point.
No! (I silently say to myself) I am convinced beyond a doubt that the Elf is definitely not for my house.

And onward we went with our sorta fun ridiculous Black Friday shopping endeavor – not once thinking again of Mr. Elf who will never grace the presence of any of my shelves…

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Flash forward to one week later, during the early afternoon of December 1st.

Nap was running late for my toddler. It was a gorgeous 60° F day outside (quite unusual of December 1st in Ohio). The sun was shining and the entire slew of neighborhood kids (including my own toddler) were outside playing in the big “toddler playpen” that is my backyard when I hesitantly called out to my 2-year-old, “Time to come in!”

Immediately my toddler recognized the dreaded nap time call, causing him to quickly turn the opposite direction screaming and running (A normal age appropriate nap-time reaction, right?)

I contemplated just skipping his nap, he had been playing SO well with all the big kids. However, we were planning on traveling downtown to visit Santa that evening for the 1st time of the season and I really wanted my toddler to be rested for Santa (and the line we would have to wait in for our visit).

I wondered momentarily if my soon-to-be three-year-old even understood who Santa was? Well, there is one way to find that out…

Being the well versed, seasoned mom that I am, I stepped out the back door and explain to my toddler:

“Honey, we need to take a nap so that we can see Santa tonight.”

STOPPED.
Dead in his tracks.

My toddler turned (quicker than one can say “Elf-on-the-Shelf”)
and a miracle happened.

My nearly three-year-old clearly repeats, “Santa…? Santa! Nap time, Santa!” and happily walks through the door, up the stairs, climbs into bed, throws the covers on – almost immediately falling asleep.

Going to SleepOf course I had to snap a photo of the unbelievable moment!

And for the 1st time ever, I truly understood the concept of the Elf and why a parent might appreciate its effect. Because for the 1st time ever – my toddler raced upstairs to go to sleep (and probably dream of Santa) withOUT a tear.

I’m still not getting that Elf.

Ever.
Probably.
I think.
Hmm…

Oh, heck. Who needs the Elf! I have Santa!

Meeting SantaMeeting Santa and Mrs. Clause that night.

Leave a comment: Do you use the Elf on the Shelf? Love it or Hate it. Convince me.

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Where Did the Busy Week Go? {Edition 8}

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Well, THIS busy week started early… with Black Friday.

The Weekend 8

Yes, rarely do I brave Black Friday
BUT this year I had one item that I wanted
and – what the heck! – I figured
I get up at 5:45 am to work most days,
what’s 45 minutes earlier to shop?

I’ve never really been out on Black Friday morning.
Let me just tell you… It’s kind-of crazy…

After my morning shopping spree,
the rest of the weekend was spent decorating for Christmas.
And on Sunday we watched Frosty the Snowman as a family.
(OK, I lied. My oldest was down the basement watching the LAST episode ever of iCarly instead… darn tween!)

Tuesday 8

OK. So I skipped Monday again.
One of these days I am going to design a info-graphic on WHY
Mondays are just NOT meant for taking photos…

Until then, onward with Tuesday.

Tuesday.

Work.
Breakfast.
Christmas Shopping.
Toddler’s Music Class.
Lunch.
Speech.
Race home.
2 Phone Conferences.
Doctor Appointment.
(Homework at the Doctors Office)
Music Class for 1st Grader.
Dinner.
D.O.N.E.

Need I say more?

Wednesday 4

I love testing out new places to work outside
of the home when a sitter is available.

This week I went downtown and enjoyed a great
breakfast (and lunch!), a little work and great conversation (oops!)
at a cute little coffee shop only minutes from my home.

A day that was supposed to be filled with work,
ended up being filled with friends
after an impromptu lunch date
and a dinner date planned eons ago.

All in All, a great Wednesday for ME.

Upper Image credit: Kim Fordham Photography

SO MANY of my good friends are pregnant and having babies lately!
Three kids is definitely(!) enough for me,
but all these new babies have got me thinking a lot
about birth and motherhood – which led me to writing
this week’s Mothers Central post reflecting on my somewhat laughable
“birth plan” gone wrong as a 1st time mom-to-be titled:

Ready or Not, Here I Come – Distant Memories of a First-time Parent’s Birth Plan.

So there you have it! The last “busy week” of November. December… Bring it … On?   Ugh.

Leave a Comment: What filled your busy week? Did you go shopping on Black Friday?

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Linking up again with Susi of Boca Frau for her Picture Perfect Weekly.
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There and Back {Part 2}

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following is the second post of a two part reflection on my recent trip to Florida where I wrote my feelings on the way “there” and then again on the way “back.” In case you missed Part 1 you can read it here.

PART 2: Back

MENTAL NOTE TO SELF: Monday, visit Drivers License Bureau – I thought as my husband and I entered the large plane taking us back home after our 5-day vacation in Florida.

Making our way down the tight isle in between the even tighter seats of the airplane, anxiety began to set in further as I thought about whether our overly stuffed carry-on luggage would fit into the overhead compartment.

I was already a tad annoyed having just been told by an airport security guard that my drivers license expired.

One. More. Thing. to add to my to-do list which was starting to feel more jam packed than the luggage that we were dragging down the isle behind us. Yet the stress of my to-do list on the way back paled in comparison to the distress that enveloped me on my way there.

It was hard to believe that less than one short week ago our lives seemed so dismal – so filled with tragic events and over-consuming worries.

Of course the reality is, many of these worries were still out there surrounding us (even a week later as this post goes live), but it was as if our week away gave me just that much more strength to fight the darkness that had been following me. Our time away had given me the power of a positive attitude to help attack this dark trailing stalker.

A little sleep, a little sun, a little quite time with some views.

Views of Vacation

Bike rides to breakfast on the beach.

Beach after bike ride

Beautiful evening sunsets.

View of the Sunset

Waterside walks and dinning.

Waterside Walks and Dining

Swimming, and lounging and filling my day with my husband, a few good books, and just the right amount of work.

As the week wore on somehow relaxation began to squeeze its way back into my life.

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My thoughts drifted back to the plane as my husband finally managed to squeeze our luggage into the overhead bin and we slowly sunk down side by side into our snug seats.

Five days. Five full days to rebuild my strength, to refresh my outlook, to renew my hope…

and to remember that time…
does often help to heal.

As the plane took off towards the day’s setting sun, I welcomed our arrival back. Back to our home, back to our kids, and yes, even back to the daily grind…

Home Again with the Kids

A daily grind that now felt surmountable because I had more than just hope…
On my way back I had rest. And a little rest is a powerful thing.

Leave a Comment: When one compares my way there with my way “back” – the significant difference in my writing and attitude is amazing. I think that taking the occasional break from life’s stresses can be just as important as daily food and sleep. What do you think?

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Where Did the Busy Week Go? {Edition 7}

Short and sweet – that is how this edition goes!

The Weekend

If you read Monday’s post you will know
that my husband and I took a much needed vacation last week…
just the two of us!
Our weekend was spent relaxing…

Tuesday was the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break.
Milkshakes and Movies in the evening was how we decided to celebrate.

Monday? Where’s Monday.
Let’s just call Monday the “missing day” in our week.
Monday was spent working and catching up after being gone for nearly a week!

Since the week before was spent without the kids,
my husband and I were excited to have much of the following week
(Thanksgiving Break) to spend together with them.

Wednesday morning (their first day off) the kids
and I cleaned, played with at lot of puzzles,
and watched all the geese gather in our backyard pond.

My husband took a half day off and we spent the afternoon
putting the outside Christmas decorations up.

In the evening we allowed the kids to download the
Angry Bird Star Wars app for the iPad.
They were obsessed!

And then OF COURSE there was Thursday…

Food, fun, family and more food!

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my home and the safety of my family
especially after so many of my friends and NAMC co-workers
in the New York area have been left suffering after
the devastation following Hurricane Sandy.

This Thursday on Mothers Central, I had the honor
to share a powerful guest post letter from one of our MC Members
whose home and community was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

It is definitely worth a read.
Such a POWERFUL letter from a mother to her children…

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Leave a Comment: Looking back my week seems a bit odd! We went from the beach, to decorating for Christmas, to cerebrating Thanksgiving… hmm. Where did your busy week go?

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There and Back {Part 1}

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following is a two part reflection of my recent trip to Florida with my husband. We had an amazing trip, but the real story lies in the before and after. I hope you’ll return next week for Part 2.

PART 1: There

I’m not gonna lie, up until the very moment I stepped onto our plane (destined for a 5-day getaway) the sadness, stress and tragic events that unbelievably consumed much of my normal, busy, everyday life had begun to catch up with me.

My husband and I both left our home physically exhausted from lack of sleep and worries.

  • There were small-sized concerns (such as making sure our kids got everywhere they needed to be while we were away)
  • There were large-sized uncertainties (especially as I considered my friends and co-workers in Long Island who continued to face ongoing strains and stresses after Hurricane Sandy)
  • There were emotional, all-encompassing worries (such as the news that a new tumor had recently been discovered in my young nephew – already a Cancer survivor)
  • And then there were the unreasonable and silly stresses (such as planning for the craziness that is my month of December)
  • Along with other unthinkable tragedies striking all-too-close-to-home (such as this one that hit 3 children in our school district the day before we were scheduled to leave)

And what’s listed above is only a fraction of what had been consuming our daily lives. It was like every sad, tragic, stressful thing that could possibly have happened without pushing me completely over the edge – had occurred.

As if preparing to leave three busy, young children with family for a few days of rest as a couple wasn’t challenging enough, life had to also throw out all these additional, emotionally draining curve balls…

You can start to envision the tsunami-like wave looming to overtake our now very noticeably forced positive attitudes.

We almost cancelled our vacation.
Almost.

But we didn’t.

Instead, as our tired, mentally exhausted bodies slammed into our seats on the plane I closed my eyes, trying to remember how to relax. I picked up my iPad, opened up my Kindle App and started to read (something I rarely allow myself the luxury to do) as we made our way there.

There. The relaxing spot my husband and I like to call our home away from home.

Isla Del Sol Grassy area

Isla del Sol Pool

Isla del Sol BeachPictured above: our views from the condo, the pool and the beach.

And for the 1st time in over a week, as I sat slumped in my tiny seat on the airplane, I was truly able to envision and count ALL our blessings.

Our health. Our home. Our loving family that helped to make this escape possible. I felt so thankful that my husband and I could break free for just a few days – a few days that coincided exactly with when we so desperately needed a break the most.

At least for a short time we could escape all the madness and uncertainty that seemed to surround us and…

Begin to focus on building back up our emotional strength.

I sat exhausted, tired, drained… but hopeful. And hope is important.
I was so thankful to have even an ounce of hope on the way there.

Leave a Comment: What keeps you positive when it seems as though a dark patch will never end? It is often in my darkest moments that I find the most to be thankful for.

* Thank you for reading Part 1 – There. Up next week: Part 2: Back

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This week I am linking up with Just Be Enough writing to the prompt of “Thankful.”

Just.Be.Enough. has a mission to empower, inspire, and remind women, parents
and children that the time has come to celebrate ourselves.

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Where Did the Busy Week Go? {Edition 6}

Where did the busy week go? Well, all I can say is that the beginning of the week felt like 4 days fit into one! Here is what that picture looks like:

Planning Packing Travel RelaxationPlane image credit here.

A weekend of preparation.

A Monday of packing.

A Tuesday of travel.

Followed by a lot of relaxation and a great view.

With a little Mothers Central of course.
(Because vacation or no vacation, blogging over there still continues!)

Mothers Central Blog

This week I got to spend a little alone time with my husband going here again. I can’t wait to give you more details upon my return!

While I’m away, feel free to stop over to Mothers Central to see my laundry list of things I feel people could have warned me about as an expectant mother.

OK. Now back to resting and relaxing!

Leave a Comment: Where did your busy week go? And how often are you able to take time to spend alone with your significant other?

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This week I am excited to link up for the first time with
Alison at Writing, Wishing and Galit at These Little Waves for their Memories Captured Link-up.
And (of course) I continue to link up with Susi of Boca Frau for her Picture Perfect Weekly.
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Paying it Forward with Patience

I entered the IHOP Restaurant at approximately 11:37 a.m. on Thursday.

Giggling and wiggling behind me was my tired 2-year-old, my ALWAYS hungry 6-year-old, and my a soon-to-be-10 (but seemingly going-on-20) oldest daughter.

My crazy kids on Thursday – hard to keep still regardless of whether at home or in the car!

The kids were so excited when I told them we were going out to eat for lunch – visions of pancakes and eggs filling their one-track minds.

Understandably, the IHOP staff might not have been as thrilled with our decision (especially after I announced that we were expecting 2 more adults and 4 more young kids to join us). However, the waitress who seated us maintained a friendly smile and didn’t seem to flinch as she grabbed not one, not two, not three …  but 7 kids’ menus.

I was about to suggest that she lead us to an empty area towards the back of the restaurant when she interrupted a rare moment of silence with, “How about this big booth over here?” while proceeding to set the menus down at a table smack-dab in the center of all the dinning action.

As I forced a smiled towards the other patrons enjoying their own quiet, kid-less meals, I wondered for the 1st time if choosing to go out to eat might have been a bad idea.

However, the kind waitress (who looked to be about the age of my own mother) didn’t flinch one bit. She asked us for drink orders and made us feel like welcomed guests, forcing me to attempt to let go of my second guessing.

THE TRUTH IS: I was desperate for a little time out with my own friends.

  • Friends I hadn’t talked to in what seemed like ages.
  • Friends I used to make time for weekly but now see more like every-other month.
  • Friends whom lately haven’t made the cut against our crazy work and family schedules.

This lunch date was important to me (and quite possibly to my sanity).

Yet, as my friends and their children (all between the ages of 2-6)  trickled in one-by-one finding their spots among our booth, my grand plan of:

multitasking lunch
with family fun
with a much needed moment to talk to my own friends,

Didn’t seem as well thought out as it had earlier.

As the chaos
and noise,
and tattles,
and spills,
and missing napkins,
and potty breaks,
and dropped food continued…

I finally reached into my purse to pull out a toy car for my toddler (a last ditch attempt at buying some time). Was it too much to ask to be able to complete Just. One. Single. Sentence?

With that borrowed time I managed maybe one or two additional words, but soon plates emptied, the noise grew, and keeping curious kids in their seats got harder. Glancing around showed most of the tables surrounding us as now empty. Our motley crew had successfully managed to clear nearly an entire restaurant.

The waitress – with all her amazing patience, ongoing smiles, motherly attitude (and significantly decreasing customer base) – deserved a BIG tip. That much I knew for certain.

My fingers fumbled through my purse for my wallet. I placed more bills than I normally would on the last remaining clean spot of our tabletop. And I somehow managed a quick goodbye to my friends, interrupted by a mad dash after my toddler who had made a break for the restaurant’s door.

An abrupt end to my time with friends.

However, our conversations (although broken, interrupted, and mismatched) had fulfilled the intended purpose – a little much needed adult conversation.

Having caught up with my toddler, I led all my children towards the exit, stopping for just a brief moment in front of the patient waitress who had continued to serve our entire crazy clan with a smile and upbeat voice.

“Thank you.” I said.

“Thank you so much for your patience, for your service and for your understanding.” I added, hoping my apology (and the larger than normal tip) might help to make up for her sudden lack of clientele.

“Honey,” she responded back in a matter-of-fact tone, “This is a family place. Thank YOU for coming.”

I left flustered and tired …

Yet (largely due to the waitresses comment) filled with just that much more patience for the giggly, wiggly children about to fill my car. That waitress seemed to understand and, with her small gesture of patience, acknowledged how much I needed that lunch out.

I may not always have the patience I need. Yet someday, when I am filled with the same patience and attitude that our waitress had, I hope I can pay it forward to another mother…

Another mother who desperately needs just a few moments to remember herself amongst the often unrecognizable solitude that can sometimes reside as a busy parent…

Leave a Comment: Sometimes we all need a break, don’t we?

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This week I am linking up with my friend Missy at Literal Mom and Carolyn of Hooked and Happy in their new Pay it Forward link-up focusing on stories where we have helped someone with no expectation OR where someone has helped us in the same way.

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