The moments that pass

    Tonight, I felt completely lost.   It's not the first time. It will likely not be the last.   Z leaving has opened up so much in my life. That sounds so pretty right?

Redefining romance

For as long as I live, I will never forget my first Valentine's Day with my would-be hubby, Ryan ... And to clue you in on a little secret, it is memorable for all the

  • The truth about how I love (and don't love) my foster child's mom

The truth about how I love (and don’t love) our foster child’s mom

    I remember the first time I almost hugged *her.*   We had just ended my foster son Z's developmental playgroup and were walking out together. She and I didn't interact much during the

The art of embrace

  This post is a part of Micro Blog Monday's. See more here: Stirrup Queens       The cursor blinks at me. An aptly put writing prompt stares back. Inviting me? Or challenging me? "Share

When the art of tidying up lost its magic on the journey to becoming clutter free

This summer, a dear friend came for a visit. And over scones, coffee, and quiche at a cute little bakery -- she told me I need to get this book.   My daughter promptly

1,000 kisses will never be enough

I am so sad. This is, of course, to be expected. And yet I fight the urge to pretend everything is OK. Because the truth is, I feel done being sad. Mentally, I want to

Why “<3" will never be enough

        Have you ever had a hurt that just hurt too much to bear on your own?   Today, that was me. I was up at 3 am, hurting, and felt alone.

The days you just get by

  You may have noticed I've been a little quiet on my blog these days.   Writing takes my jumbled-up puzzle of feelings, and creates order from chaos, forming a picture I can understand and

When Christmas is hard

    A thought keeps running through my mind.  "I wish holiday stress was just about getting the right gifts, hosting family, and managing a full schedule of parties and commitments. Anything but THIS." I don't

Don’t blink

There is this one show I watched recently called Elizabeth Town.   The lead female character is a flight attendant, and she serves a young man on his way to take care of the funeral arrangements

When Thanksgiving is nothing of what you hoped for, and everything of what you need

I thought I had it easy this year.     Usually, we do two Thanksgivings in one day. Yes, that's right. We attend one gargantuan feast, wait 30 minutes, then go attend the second gargantuan

Before you lock your doors so tight . . .

There's a saying going around so quickly it's becoming cliche.     And honestly -- it sounds right. I mean, really really right.   Because, heck, I lock my doors every single night. And I lock my

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