7 Ways I’m Preparing for an Empty Nest

Does it feel like yesterday the kids were heading off to kindergarten even though they’re almost adults? I swear yesterday we were playing with LEGOs, and I was cutting the crusts of their PB and J sandwiches. It wasn’t, though, and logically I know that. In my “mom brain,” they’ve grown up overnight, and I’m faced with an almost empty nest. Before the kids have moved out completely, I’ve decided to start preparing for an empty nest – when it’s just my husband and me. 7 Ways I’m Preparing for…

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Is a Marriage Without Chemistry Worth It?

My husband and I are celebrating our fourteenth wedding anniversary. And by “celebrating” I mean he’s in bed with the man-flu, and I ate Chinese food with the kids. It’s a good metaphor for this last year of our marriage. We haven’t been on the same page for a while, and it’s starting to take its toll. Marriage is not easy for me. I’m an independent woman who also needs to be needed and appreciated. (I’m complex like that.) I thrive on social interactions. I enjoy talking about nothing and…

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Let Them Grow: What It Really Feels Like To Miss Your Child’s Firsts

There are so many firsts in life: the first taste, first step, first grade, and the list goes on until it exhales from memory altogether. We experience life at our own pace, but everything changes when you have kids. You start doing things according to their schedule, not yours. You feed them when they want to be fed, not when it is supper time. You lay them down after they fall asleep, not always before. And when they want to become more independent, you step back and give them the…

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Memorial Day is NOT National Barbecue Day

Hot dogs and burgers on the grill, potato salad, and baked beans, cold drinks chilling in the cooler: just a few signs of a family barbecue in the works. Memorial Day is celebrated by many across America, with our family and friends getting together, eating our favorite picnic foods, throwing back a cold one and listening to some tunes and having a good ‘ol time. Without fail across social media, you’ll see images, like this one below, reminding us that Memorial Day is NOT National Barbecue Day. Well, I agree…

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Why Mother’s Day Stinks

I just don’t even know why I try anymore. All I hope for is a day that I’m the important one.  A day that my children want to actually BE with me.  A day where they get along—and so do my husband and I.  A day that makes my heart beat and my butterflies flutter.  Just one day out of an entire year to feel like I’m the most important person in the world. Some moms prefer to have the day alone.  Other moms prefer to go to the bathroom…

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