In the NICU

Share9 Pin Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 9Have you ever had that nagging feeling when marking your calendar that you have forgotten something? It could be that you have already made plans, but forgot to mark it, or in the deep recesses of your mind, you know something important happened on that day, but it hasn’t quite surfaced? This happened to me last week. The date in question is January 15th. I had scheduled a medical appointment for my older son…. Read more »

xThe Twelve Cardinal Scents of Christmas

Share4 Pin Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 4I don’t know about you, but for me this time of year is not only magical, it’s also stressful. Around this time every year, I am operating under the false impression that everything is under control. The internal dialogue sounds something like this: Christmas tree up? Check. Gifts hidden from the kids? Check. Tree decorated? Umm….Nope. Gifts wrapped? Of course not!! Holiday post cards sent? Maybe. The list goes on. You get the idea…. Read more »

Warning: How PizzaBoxes Can Be a Fire Hazard

Share Pin4 Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 4My family recently learned how pizza, more specifically, pizza boxes, can be a fire hazard. Two weeks ago, I headed off for several days without my family and almost without a care in the world to my first blogging conference. I attended Focused Blogging in Richmond, Virginia. In another life, this would have been a 90-minute drive (without traffic), but now Richmond is over 4 hours away from home. The first night, during dinner,… Read more »

Raising independent children

Share Pin9 Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 9Save Fragile. Eggs. Pushed out of the feathered nest. As a child, I was expected to work hard with an end goal of self-sufficiency. Independent. I have the same expectation for my teen-aged children. As a mom, I am amazed at how adeptly my now 13- and 17-year old boys have embraced any speck of freedom and independence. Oh, I started them out young, for sure! Traveling Solo Unaccompanied minor flights to visit grandparents… Read more »

Share Pin Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 0Remember that childhood story, “The Little Engine That Could”? This classic taught children about the power of perseverance. Well, my little engine that could is my younger son, Max. His greatest struggle in life so far has been academic, due to a visual processing disorder that wasn’t diagnosed until he was 10 years old! (More on that in a future post!) Although thousands of dollars later and months of vision therapy translated into academic… Read more »