That Awkward Moment

In the spirit of social situations (how’s that for alliteration?), let’s address those awkward encounters that we find all too frequently — and what we can do about them. And by “we” I mean that these are true stories of my own, or friends who shall remain nameless.   Over Email Awkward Situation: You receive an […]

New Year’s Day 4 Years ago… Remembering Baba.

When my father passed away on New Year’s Day of 2010, while death had previously impacted my life, losing him was unlike any emotional pain I’d ever experienced. His death literally sucked the oxygen out of my body. It felt hard to breathe. It suddenly felt like a large chunk of who I was; my […]

Happy 4th Birthday Mira

My beautiful sweet blessing, deeply loved and treasured. I adore you…and love you to pieces!!!  Now, as your mama, there are some things I’d like to tell you…My child, my first born, but let me start with knowing the truth of who you are.  Like fine china, my darling daughter, you are made beautiful by […]

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Song of the day “In My Daughter’s Eyes”

In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero I am strong and wise and I know no fear But the truth is plain to see She was sent to rescue me I see who I wanna be In my daughter’s eyes In my daughter’s eyes everyone is equal Darkness turns to light and the world […]

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Planning vs. Living the Moment

If departure is the past and arrival is the future, then the road is the present, and there is nothing more spiritually difficult, or spiritually rewarding, than learning to live significantly in the present. – Leon Wieseltier Live in the moment, they say. Enjoy the present, they say. It makes sense, right? The past has […]

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You know you’re a mom when

Your perfume is Eau de Baby food. You know closing a door silently is an art form. You realize you’re talking about poop in public again. You realize the kids have been in bed for an hour and you’re still watching cartoons. Shopping alone feels like vacation. You reheat your coffee 3 times and still […]

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Happy Father’s Day Baba

  Hi Baba! It’s father’s day weekend. And this is always a hard occasion for me, but so most of the holidays without you; can you believe it’s been three years? Three incredibly fast years? Three incredible growing years? Three incredible lonely years? Father’s Day has made me grumpy. A little sad, too. I get […]

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Happy Father’s Day Samer

Dear Samer, I’d like to say thanks. Thanks for being a great husband, dad and all around great foot warmer. I married you nearly 5 years ago for your humor and you BIG heart. The laughter and the good times have been worth it. And I’d do it all over again. Thanks for doing the […]

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Second Chance

  Every person has a dark side. What defines a person with good character is not a spotless life of constant kindness, smiles and even temperament. But rather, it’s the yearning to learn from your mistakes, applying it, making amends for them and choosing not to repeat them that defines good character. These are the […]

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A parents’s prayer

I pray that I may let my child live her own life, and not the one I wish I had lived. therefore, guard me against burdening her with doing what I failed to do. help me to see her missteps today in perspective against the long road she must go, and grant me the grace […]