How Many Boxes Hold Your Life

I used to keep a lot of stuff. Boxes and boxes of stuff. Then I began culling, donating, sharing stuff with friends. I still have boxes of stuff, sentimental things from childhood, items from our wedding, special outfits from when the kids were babies. The usual stuff. But I also had boxes of stuff from my first husband, Mark. After he died, I had so many containers filled with the things I … [Read more...]

2013 Mother of The Year Winner: Missed School Events Edition

I don't get to do that much at N's school. Even though I have an amazing boss who works really hard to let us participate in events during the day, there are a lot of things I just can't get to. Luckily, Nicholas understands that and has never been upset when neither William nor I can do something. Today was not one of those days. I could have made it to the end-of-year awards ceremony. It … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday: Redux

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I'm back! In the whole healthy-eating, getting fit thing, I mean. Like so many other times, I stopped for a bit, and now I'm picking it back up. I'm okay with that. The good news is that I've only gained back about 4 pounds of the 15 or so I lost starting last March. That's pretty huge progress for me since I'm really good at re-gaining lost weight. I've also gained back about five inches … [Read more...]

Beyond Thankful

Grandmas Brood

For many years, November has been hard for me. This year, though, I made a huge effort to stay ahead of the sad and concentrate on being really thankful for what I have and who I am. For the most part, I succeeded. There were definitely hard parts to the month, and I'm still coming away from some of those feelings now; but, it was so much better than it's been before. With that being said, I'm … [Read more...]