Sock Treasures

Bedtime at our house is filled with typical five year old antics–stalling, more time in the bathtub negotiations, tooth brushing, water drinking and the ritual of choosing the toy of honor that gets to share the bed for the night.  “No, you can’t sleep with…

Never Say Never

Ever heard, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?” Well, my own version would be, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him what you’ll never do!” Starting out I was eager and ready to tackle my future. I believed in being prepared so…

Mother’s Day Isn’t About Mom

When I was young, Mother’s Day was about making cards and giving simple, mostly handmade gifts; which Mom appreciated and treasured like priceless gems. Those gifts were eventually replaced with cards and occasionally flowers–more out of convenience than anything else. As the years passed, it became easier…

Surprised By Joy

I came from a great family.  Looking back, my mom clearly was the barometer. Nothing seemed to rattle her.  She was my best friend.  I could tell her anything.  She was also the one who kept my father in check.   With a heart of gold, he could literally give someone…

We All Love Presents–Hello Stitch Fix #1

My mom used to send me presents, “Just Because”.  She knew me so well that she was never wrong when she picked up something she was sure I would like. Stitch Fix has capitalized on that idea and I knew I would love it before I even tried…

Small Treasures

I started collecting hash oki (chopstick rests) when we lived in Japan and tried to find a new one for my collection in every new place we visited. Even now, I sometimes discover a new find–like the pretty cherry blossom rest I picked up at Epcot last month…

Sometimes It’s OK To Fake It

If I’ve learned anything in my thirty plus years of parenting, supporting one daughter through her pageantry years, moving nine times, accepting jobs I had no idea how to do and especially when facing uncomfortable unexpected situations; faking it is completely acceptable.  In fact, faking it is often…

Grateful For Monsters

I love this quote by Nikhil Saluia:  “Being a Mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children go.” My heart has taken me places I never dreamed I’d go; certainly places I never wanted to go. But I wasn&#8217…