Tue, Sep 27th 7:22PM

You are never alone. Though your story, your situation, your circumstance may be unique and unlike those of family and friends around you, you are not alone. We all experience fear, confusion, anger, regret, lonliness, the list goes on… but in our first moments of our “stories” this is exactly what our initial feeling is… I FEEL ALONE.
After being a part of several events and gatherings in the past few weeks of parents who have gone through challenges with their children, their feelings of inadequacy, with their lives that have not turned out the way they have expected... now more...

Sun, Sep 11th 9:03PM

Your first love. What comes to mind when you read those words? Perhaps an old high school sweet heart, or let’s be honest- chocolate… anything chocolate. Maybe we should start with little loves and big loves. I little love getting a thoughtful card in the mail from my mom or dear friend from far away. Or we may little love waking up to that warm cup of coffee with a dash, no a ladle, of hazelnut creamer. I big love when one of my kids call out “momma” when they are excited to see that I entered the room. I big love empty laundry baskets which means I washed, folded and put away every...

Tue, Aug 30th 8:08PM

I am just days away from the Milford Labor Day 30K race which I have been training for this summer. It was just a few short months ago I registered online, paid my fees, then committed the next few months to weekly training runs, Saturday mornings spent on the pavement pounding away the miles, and stocking my fridge with Gatorade. Some runs have been easier than others. But one thing is sure, this summer has been spent training knowing I would have to face 18 miles of hills and sweat this Labor Day weekend.

Tue, Aug 23rd 6:18PM

Just a few short weeks ago my mother and father came for a visit- Grammy and Pops, as we call them- to love, play, and spoil my children, what grandparents do best. It was a week of making memories at the park, going on walks, shopping, ice cream and this one particular night which marked me. We all walked down the street at our local farmer’s market; Owen (my youngest) in his stroller being pushed by Grammy. Myself, walking child free (which in itself is a peaceful moment for any momma). And up ahead, I watched my daughter ride on her Pops’ shoulders. A sweet time of bonding for the two...

Sat, Aug 6th 8:52PM

To be or not to be- that is the question in this season of motherhood. To BE present and get on the ground with my 4 year old and 16 month old to read books, even if we already read them all a thousand times over. To BE at rest in my home cuddling on the couch, watching cartoons even though the list of house chores may seem endless. To BE more excited about Lego towers and games of catch than emails sent and floors sparkly and clean. To BE in the moment with my children. That can be one of the greatest questions and battles of motherhood.

Wed, Jul 27th 11:01AM

Many have asked about the journey of CHOSEN FOR CHARLIE. Friends and family want to know why I wanted to write a book, what the process was like, if it was difficult, what I want to see happen through this book. Well, here are a few answers to some of those questions. I have done several interviews and have combined a few of the FAQ. Enjoy!

1. What made you decide to write a book?
We have a story and a hope that we couldn’t keep to ourselves! As a new mother, raising a child with Down Syndrome, I battled with questioning of why this would happen to my precious baby, I feared...

Tue, Jul 12th 8:53PM

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was swimming. My best friend had a pool that we practically lived in every summer. In fact, there were several summers my light blonde hair developed a hint of green due to the over exposure to chlorine. Our time in the pool was spent playing diving games, Marco Polo, tea parties at the shallow end, and one of my favorites- simple but endlessly entertaining- biggest splash. We would take turns jumping off the white diving board into the deep end, competing to see who could make the biggest wake in the water. We each had our signature jump which lead...

Thu, Jul 7th 10:12PM

Some days are filled with familiar experiences- brushing our teeth, driving to the store, making the bed, watching our favorite show. All of which bring comfort and consistency to our lives. And there are days when we have new experiences. The new ones can bring first impressions, new friendships, open doors to exciting opportunities. New always leads us to places we have never been…

Sun, Jun 19th 9:26PM

So many times in life we can feel all alone. Alone in our battle, alone in our pain, alone in our fears or worries, alone as we journey. Life has a way of leading us down a path which we never saw the road signs for, or knew the turns and crossways that we would face.
Though some of us may be introverted, I don’t think anyone ever wants to feel alone. Being alone can be a scary thing. Even still when my husband is away, either for the evening or traveling for work, and the house gets dark, I find myself hearing noises, seeing shadows, and wishing I wasn’t alone to fend for myself. A...

Tue, Jun 7th 7:29PM

Am I the only one that seems to have to relearn, re-relearn, and re-re-relearn things at times? There are very few things in life that are like “riding a bike” in that once you have overcome that challenge, you continue in that state of overcoming.
Recently, after a year-long absence, I have returned to long distance running. Even though I have years of training, conditioning, marathons, and races behind me, it’s as if I am re-learning the art of running. As my feet hit the pavement I am reminded of the importance of shorter strides, upright posture, and pacing that is key to...

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