Tagged with Friendship

I Remember Today

I Remember Today

I remember clear blue skies, warm air and feeling carefree. I remember having no fear. I remember the patients in the waiting room and the litany of questions from the PA as he looked at my scans. I remember feeling ambivalent and wondering why I needed to be there. I remember the surgeon. I remember … Continue reading

Lasting Reminder Of Our Touch

Lasting Reminder Of Our Touch

Each of our fingerprints are unique. Personal mini artworks we leave behind as lasting, important markings and reminders of who we are. I’ve had the privilege this past year to re-connect with another college friend.  It’s been amazing to catch up and summarize what’s happened in our lives over the past 17 years since we … Continue reading

Better Or Worse. Same Or Different

Better Or Worse. Same Or Different

A kiss last week. Just a kiss in the kitchen. Nothing more and nothing less. While the boys pretended to vomit and laugh, they watched Paul and I in a moment we’ve repeated thousands of times throughout our relationship.    However, it was the first time I’d ever paused to consider what, if anything, was … Continue reading

The Break That Broke Me

The Break That Broke Me

Because life is meant to be shared. Because all of life’s adventures are not pretty and perfectly packaged. Because too many people edit their lives and only share the pretty of life. Because this is our life and it’s not always pretty. That is why I write. We’ve been home for a week. Spring break … Continue reading

Joyous Gathering

Joyous Gathering

From near and far we gathered.   Flights arrived from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford and Boston. Road trips were made from Virginia, North and South Carolina.   Schedules were cleared, time was set aside to gather together, hundreds of emails were sent, maps and directions checked and double checked, party rentals ordered, copious amounts of food … Continue reading

Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

It had been three years. Three years that felt like three minutes once she walked in the door. Our lives have changed dramatically and the challenges we face have grown exponentially in the years since we were last together.  Yet the beauty of our friendship has continued to shine through the years and the distance. … Continue reading

My Thanksgiving Is…

My Thanksgiving Is…

Simple. Easy. Unpretentious. Completely lacking formality. Using my fine china and paper napkins. Children with clean hands and dirty feet and full of all that makes me grateful. It is football in the yard, half the day spent in my Pj’s and parades and football on TV. It is family and it is friendship. It … Continue reading

The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift

My father stopped over yesterday for a late afternoon visit. He kept me company on my afternoon carpool run, took in some snuggle time with Harper, stayed for dinner and entertained the boys with brain teaser games. He arrived carrying a frame. Clearly excited to give it to me, he insisted that he share the story about it before letting me … Continue reading

The Life In-Between

The Life In-Between

Since the CNN piece aired, I’ve been asked to explain how I found the courage and strength to face all this.   How do you explain something that you’re not even sure your successfully accomplishing? What I feel and believe is that I am working with the cards I was dealt and I’m moving forward. I take life one day at … Continue reading

2011 Gratitude Project: 30 Days of Purpose

2011 Gratitude Project: 30 Days of Purpose

Thanksgiving is in 30 days. How that’s even possible is another subject matter entirely. In keeping with the tradition we began last year, tonight marked day one of thirty we’ll spend reflecting on what we’re grateful for leading up to Thanksgiving.   Our tree of thanks, thanks Pottery Barn, is hung back up and leaf number … Continue reading

Cheers To You!

Cheers To You!

        Cheers to you, Paul. It’s been 12 years of marriage and 20 years since it all began. Damn it’s been quite the adventure. With eyes wide open, I was open to anything and everything to come that beautiful fall October day in 1999 and yet I had no idea what kind of adventure we had signed … Continue reading

Birthday #37 Recap

Ugh… the number 37 is making me feel rather old… only three more years until the big 40! Ah!   Nevertheless, it’s been a fantastically simple and wonderful birthday and one filled with lots of laughter!   Taking advantage of Paul being home for the holiday, I slept in. Or at least I slept in a little bit after … Continue reading

Counting To Three

Counting To Three

Life has all but consumed me whole lately.   I run and run and run again until I can’t run anymore. Then I repeat.   Running is of course a metaphor for (to name a few)… carpool, laundry, cooking, cleaning, feeding constantly hungry and growing boys, nursing a baby, changing diapers, feeding dogs, grocery shopping, homework helping, … Continue reading