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Thoughts & Inspirations

Thank Heaven for Little Boys

When the doctor yelled “Its a girl!” immediately after my first child was born nearly three years ago, I must admit that I breathed an immediate sigh of relief.  Deep down I really, really wanted a girl, and no matter how many more children we have at least I’ve got my girl.  Evie is my […]


Home

For a while I was operating under the not entirely unreasonable delusion that April in Chicago would be sunny and warm.  While the weekends have been lovely, Monday through Friday has brought nothing by gray clouds and scattered showers.  Sigh. The kids and I are now battling cabin fever.  The kids were getting especially restless […]


This Is Motherhood

My dear friend Courtney and I have been exchanging emails about the difficulty of mothering toddlers.  Two and three year-olds are so willful and stubborn and challenging.  When my patience is pressed I have to remind myself that my daughter isn’t even three yet…that the world is frustrating for her…that she doesn’t know how to […]


Gratitude Journal

I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about gratitude.  We are so fortunate and blessed, and I don’t want them to take anything for granted.  But, sometimes it can be hard to highlight the importance of gratitude to small kids when when I am consumed by the busyness of every day. So, […]


Vacation Relaxation

We recently took a lovely trip to a small island off the coast of Mexico.  With warm temperatures, sunny skies and soft sandy beaches, I was in heaven. The only issue? I couldn’t really relax. With two little ones it takes a mom about 12 seconds to realize that mom doesn’t get a vacation, and […]


The Blissard of 2011

For the past 48 hours, the entire city of Chicago has laughed together on one big inside joke.  In anticipation of the biggest winter storm to hit our area in more than 40 years, everyone was coming up with pun-intended nicknames for the blizzard that just blew through town.  Foreboding monikers like Snowmageddon, Snowverload, Snowtorious, […]


More Please!

This has been a long week. Oh, so long! It started out rotten. Sunday night we all got sick, and only now are we starting to feel normal again. And, for whatever reason Evelyn’s terrible twos have been exceptionally terrible. And, little Mack is shifting his nap schedule and its not coordinating very well with […]


"You voted, Mom."

My grandma recently forwarded an email to the ladies of my family reminding us to be grateful for the opportunity to vote. I hadn’t realized that American women were granted the right to vote just 90 years ago. After more than 70 years of struggle, and despite vehement opposition by President Woodrow Wilson, American women […]


You Are Perfect…Just As You Are

While waiting in line at the grocery store the other day a tabloid forced Evelyn and me to contemplate Hollywood’s “best and worst beach bodies” – all of whom were female. These movie stars seemed to be enjoying some relaxation in the sun…until images of their slightly sagging breasts and dimpled backsides graced the cover […]


My Co-Workers

Sometimes being a mom can be lonely. While I am perfectly content to be home with my little ones, sometimes I miss the camaraderie that comes along with a group of people working towards a shared goal. Fortunately, I have wonderful “co-workers” who are always available for toddler crisis-intervention, comedic relief and a shoulder to […]


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