Making the Decision to Pass in Arms

 

 

It’s not easy.

 

I guess that’s what I really want you all to know. It’s just not as simple as it sounds. But let me back up a bit…

 

When I tell C’s birth story, I can typically tell it in under two minutes. To be honest, as much as I [...]

How to “Fix” Your Body in 20 Seconds

 

 

I spent half of yesterday feeling uncomfortable.

 

I felt bloated. Or chubby. Or lumpy. Or SOMETHING.

 

I couldn’t get myself to look right. I couldn’t make myself comfortable.

 

 

 

I tugged at the hem of my top, trying to get it down further.

 

I adjusted the [...]

You Need Happier Friends

 

 

 

We dragged our toes through the sand, watching the grains spill over painted toenails– hers berry, mine bubblegum pink.

 

“It was just so NICE to get away. To steal those quiet moments with the waves crashing in the background, knowing our kids were safely tucked in nearby. To just enjoy each [...]

A Weighty Issue

 

 

I took G. in for her five-year-old well-child visit yesterday. I’m guessing it will suprise no one to learn that she is a very healthy little girl.

 

In many ways, G. is the child about whom we’ve had the fewest worries. She was born full-term, has had no developmental delays, and seems [...]

They Need to Help

 

 

I had sent them downstairs to fetch the laundry out of the dryer. I really don’t mind going down there. It’s not like our laundry is in a pit of a basement or anything. It’s a nice enough little room on the lower level of our raised ranch. It even has a window. [...]

Three-Year-Old College Material?

 

 

A. took a test last Spring (2013) to ensure that he really belonged in the Johns Hopkins University math program for talented youth. It’s an above grade level standardized test and, honestly, we did nothing to prepare for it. This probably doesn’t surprise you, if you’ve followed our journey of parenting A., at [...]

Inadvertently Scandalous

 

Have you ever encountered something that you didn’t even know was a “thing” and, all of a sudden, found yourself making waves totally unintentionally? It’s a bizarre feeling, really. I mean, there are times when we say or do something and, frankly, we KNOW people are likely to get riled up, but we make [...]

Conversations on Being Vulnerable

 

 

“I’m trying to get tougher. I NEED to get tougher.”

 

“Why?” he asked, opening his eyes and looking at me with genuine curiosity.

 

“Well,” I stammered, “because I’m too horribly sensitive. I overthink and overreact and get hurt so very easily.”

 

He nodded.

 

I took that as confirmation, “So [...]

Deciding What to Call Your In-Laws

 

 

So, for the most part, I’m a big fan of meeting your “intended” at a relatively young age, while he or she is still living with parents and all of that jazz. We were in college when we met– and far from home– so we didn’t have any family members actually around us, [...]

Being Point

 

 

He knew he’d be called on to be point.

 

The thing about being an intermediate or advanced belt is that, not only do you need to work on learning all the more difficult stances and forms, you also have to retain mastery of all the basics.

 

This was a big grading [...]

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