Category Archives: motherhood


Wow… two kids in school.  Well, one is in pre-school but it is still two kid-free mornings a week. Why don’t I feel more freedom? It is simply incredible how quickly that time fills up with other things.  I promised … Continue reading

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Starting School… and starting to let go.

I have come to the conclusion that the first day of school is as much a right of passage for mothers as it is for the kids. This is the day I have to start letting go. Whether I am … Continue reading

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Happiness is hard….

I had a revelation today. Happiness is not easy… in fact, happiness is hard. I think we are brought up with this notion that happiness is something that just comes to us if we live our life right… though who … Continue reading

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A summer in perspective…

I have moved up to my mom’s cottage for the rest of the summer and I forgot the rest of the Ireland blogs at home. They will have to wait… well, I’m still working on introducing you to Thomas but … Continue reading

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The Other Side of My Ocean: more Ireland blogs

I sit here on the stores of Galway Bay. It is an ocean away from my home and from my life. It feels different here. Peaceful. At the same time, it is the same ocean I see at home. Sitting … Continue reading

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How gratitude got Ireland off on the right foot….

Here’s another of the Ireland blogs… this one written as the vacation was beginning. Don’t you love those days where it just seems you cannot get a break? I know everyone gets them… but I swear, they seem to be … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Motherhood….

I’m back! Okay… well, I got back four days ago but we’ve had company and commitments and these extra 5 (okay, maybe 10) pounds I put on in Ireland are slowing me down. Needless to say, it was fantastic. Great … Continue reading

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A room with no toys… and a full-volume tantrum.

Wow. Motherhood. The highs… and the lows. Today I had a moment of total shame… and then a breakthrough. There is no middle ground… is there? Big Dude has been testing me lately. There’s been a lot of yelling. There’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday is for Writing: Nature

I watch my son’s tears pour down his cheeks. He holds up a sore finger, the result of a clandestine foray into the bathroom drawer. As I kiss the offending finger better, I marvel at this elemental nature of a … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Invincible Mother

This is one of those mornings where personal well being is at odds with motherhood. I woke up feeling terrible. All I want to do is crawl back into bed. The Husband is at work… and dealing with his own … Continue reading

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