I’ve been off the grid lately, but not because of writing gridlock. It’s because of exciting news: on February 4, my daughter and I moved into a larger house, one with more than one bathroom (finally, yay!). So instead of writing for the past couple of months, I’ve been packing with the help of my … Continue reading the story "Heart Is Where the Home Is"
Post Archives from the ‘Motherhood’ Category
For many in the US, Mother’s Day is a time of celebration. People may reflect on how lucky their lives are to have wonderful mothers and/or children. For others, this holiday is quite somber: too many people have lost their mothers or are even estranged from them. This holiday’s cup runneth over with emotion. Last Mother’s Day was fun for me and filled with celebration. However, this … Continue reading the story "Dancing Alone on Mother’s Day"
It feels like it happened yesterday, but today is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. That day, people went to work and got on planes, unaware this day would be their last one. Like many, I use this day to reflect about the event -- and this gives me pause to think about what I’m grateful for. So without further ado, … Continue reading the story "10 Things I’m Grateful For"
Today my 7-year-old daughter is participating in her day camp’s Fourth of July parade. The children will be marching around waving American flags, as they do every year. Ari looks forward to this parade, the fireworks on the Fourth, and she enjoys listening to how the United States gained its independence. Throughout the year, we have discussed how this country is a true melting pot … Continue reading the story "Seeking Independence From Ignorance"
As today is Ari’s last day of school, it is only fitting that today I reflect upon this extraordinary school year. As my readers know, last year Ari did not thrive in an accelerated private school, so this year we switched to the local public school. Great things have happened to Ari this year, and I am grateful. Ari immediately loved her first grade … Continue reading the story "School Milestones"
At the beginning of the movie Frozen, young sisters Elsa and Anna are playing. Elsa, who has ice powers, accidentally strikes her younger sister Anna in the head with a bolt of ice. Their distraught parents take the guilt-ridden Elsa and the unconscious Anna to trolls for help; the magical troll in charge informs the parents that Anna would recover and assures them that she … Continue reading the story "Fun"
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals throughout each year and try my best to follow through. So, rather than make New Year’s resolutions on this first post of the New Year, I am expressing my gratitude. After all, I have much to be grateful for. Family. I’m so blessed to have wonderful people in my family. Arielle and I -- plus our … Continue reading the story "Gratitude 2015"
Dear Arielle’s Birth Mom: I wish with all my heart that you could read this letter. Here in the United States, we are soon celebrating a holiday known as Thanksgiving. It involves friends and family getting together over a bountiful meal to celebrate all we are thankful for. It is my favorite holiday because it focuses on gratitude. And I am so grateful to you for giving … Continue reading the story "A Thanksgiving Letter"
She didn’t cry when I kissed her goodbye. But later I wept. *** On Monday, Ari officially became a first grader at a school unfamiliar to us both. All day I stared at the phone in dread, wondering when I would get the phone call, you know, the your-kid-is-hysterical-please-come-to-the-school one. Thankfully, the phone didn’t ring. After a deluge of tears, I spent the rest of the day in full suspense, … Continue reading the story "School Number 2, Now Number 1"