My hope is that someone experiencing love and loss will read this and feel comforted and less alone. It has been almost 6 months since my mom died and though I'm better, I am still sometimes oppressively racked with grief. It doesn't render me incapable of experiencing joy as it did those weeks following my … Continue reading The Gifts of Grief
Nostalgia set in a few weeks ago when the above photo slipped out of a book I had decided to reread. It was taken on a crisp fall day nine years ago, back when life was about hours around the Lego table and playdates at the park. Now with a month of milestones on the … Continue reading Where Did The Time Go?
Both of my kids were having a crummy couple of days, so I surprised them by making dessert mid-week (something usually reserved for weekends) and having it ready for their after school snack as they walked in the door yesterday. As my grandfather wisely once said, "Life is too short - we should have dessert … Continue reading A Dessert First Kind of Day – Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how passionate I am about food and that I derive a great deal of joy from cooking for friends and family. The intention varies from simple nourishment to celebration, but preparing meals is most often an act of love. When my mother died, several … Continue reading The (Healing) Power of Food
I am so grateful for everyone's thoughts, prayers, and kind words. She fought a remarkable battle, but her body simply could not keep up.
The view from my mother's ICU room is horrendous. The blinds open to a cement wall covered in bird droppings and a small patch of ground where sun loving plants have been thoughtlessly plunked in the shade, leaving them pale and struggling to reach the sun. It doesn't matter, really. Not for her - she … Continue reading Hell.
I am ready to close the proverbial door on 2012. Anyone with me? It has been a year of great highs and lows both personally and globally, but glass half-full kind of girl that I am, I prefer to reflect on the moments worth celebrating. One of the highlights of my year was launching this … Continue reading It’s Been Quite a Ride
Last night at my daughter's 5th grade Christmas concert, a collective and profound sadness weighed heavily in the auditorium. It was impossible to live in the moment and not contemplate the atrocities of last Friday as we waited for our young musicians to take the stage. When the children began to sing their carols and … Continue reading What to Do
That's my story and I'm sticking to it...
This is not an easy post for me to write. After months of training and anticipation, the final result of my first triathlon was not what I had hoped. Please don't misunderstand - I am proud of completing the course and thoroughly enjoyed (most of) the race, which should be all that matters. But I … Continue reading Gratitude