Adoption and What It Taught Me

Lil Beans is 17 now. That is what I call her, and her birthday was yesterday. Well, we will never know her real birthday. October 1st is the birthday given to all abandoned children in China, as that day is a national holiday, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Lily is my adopted…

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Let’s Talk

I. Am. Tired. It isn’t from lack of sleep, or the one million loads of laundry I just completed. It is from love. The love I dispense on a daily basis is beautiful and exhausting. Each day as I sit to write, my heart tells me who to encourage. I have some unusual categories in…

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Afraid of The Ball

I have been sitting at my desk for an hour now. I sat down to write. I even repeated the mantra in my head this morning….”writing first, writing first, writing first.” Unfortunately, catching up on text messages and rearranging my calendar for everyone came first. I do not know how to be selfish, but I…

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Peace, Love, and Midlife

Please tell me who I am supposed to be when I grow up, because I can’t seem to figure it out. I have always been “different.” I have never run with the crowd. I swim upstream. March to the beat of a different drum…What other cliche phrases can I use to describe myself? It used…

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Hey Mom

Toddlers, children, teenagers, young adults….no matter the age, my boys never stop saying, “Hey mom, watch this!” (even my 22 year old has said…”Hey mom, hold my beer, watch this.”) Those are my 15 and 13 year olds at the park today. Little bit wanted to go, and the boys happily joined us. I remember…

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Score Cards and Giggles

It has been one week since my return from Sin City, and still my suitcase is lying open on my floor, full of sundresses and bikinis. I don’t remember the last time I took a vacation that didn’t make me feel like I need a vacation. I am always thankful to get away…but I also…

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Move The Laundry and Have a Drink

Today Miss Charlotte will have a highly anticipated play date with two friends. Every time she talks about it, she gets a huge grin on her face, and asks me how many more days. Today it will be “how many more hours?” Wouldn’t it be nice if grown ups got as excited about getting together?…

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Unpluggedness (I made that up)

Not sure I should admit everything I admit, but hey…I’m keeping it real. Besides, for a writer, my material is endless. I can’t make this stuff up. This week is spring break for my kids. It has been a bit ruined so far with my nasty cold which has left me barking like a seal…

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Waking Up

Trust me – there are benefits to midlife. First of all it’s an awakening, not a crisis. Granted, much to the dismay of others, we sometimes awaken to the fact that we need a corvette ASAP. We awaken to the reality that we have put all of our hopes and dreams on hold. Maybe much worse, we…

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Cakes, Vomit, and Love

As I sat in bed last night, enjoying what seemed to be the millionth episode of “Cake Boss,” with Buddy Valastro’s biggest fan,(my 9 year old daughter), I was jolted out of my half asleep, sort of spaced out relaxation mode, by a loud, roaring sound that caused me to scream, concerned my daughter had…

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