Lessons Learned: Listen To Your Mother Essay

There is a wonderful show called Listen To Your Mother that the fabulous Ann Imig created about a decade ago. The show is all about supporting motherhood in all its forms. I have been planning to submit an essay to participate in a show for years, and have put it off for years. Then Ann announced that 2017 was going to be the last year of the show. Since this year is my year to move, I pushed … [Read more...]

She Saved Me Every Sunday

It started because I wasn't sure I could entertain a toddler by myself an entire weekend for the rest of my life. I wasn't sure I could stand to be alone with my thoughts an entire weekend. It started because N woke up every day by 5:00 a.m. regardless of the day of the week and I wanted a nap. I knew Grandma adored having us over and it helped soothe the little sadness she had over not being … [Read more...]

Veterans Day, Grandma, and Military Wives

Sunday was Veterans Day. We are a military family with my Grandfather, Father, Aunt, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers-in-law, and Sister-in-law all having served or currently serving. I am thankful every day for their service during war and peace. Maybe it's because she helped raise me, but when I think about my Grandfather on Veterans Day, I can't help think of my Grandmother. Grandma and Grandpa got … [Read more...]

Eighty-Five Amazing Years

My Grandmother turned 85 in May. She is smart, funny, kind, honest and beautiful. The woman is the strongest person I've ever met and her grandkids would do just about anything to make her proud. My Grandma married the love of her life as a teenager, lived as a war-time Navy Wife, raised her children in what we would now call solo parenting because my Grandfather's ship was out so much of their … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day to My Village

It's Mother's Day, but I always feel like I should wish a whole list of family a Happy Mother's Day. There are few people in my family who didn’t have a hand in my raising. Household One I lived with my Mom, Dad, sister and brother until I was 8 (well, my older sister graduated high school and moved when I was 6 or so). Household Two Then Dad left and my brother and I were with Mom until … [Read more...]