Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

A Time of Reflection

This time of year is always a time of reflection for me. I don't know about you, but there's something about the snow falling and hearing Elvis sing, "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas" that makes me stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and remember. And there's so much I remember. And lately… Continue reading A Time of Reflection

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An Open Letter to My Children…

Okay, I'm gonna lay it right out, put my cards on the table right now and tell you, I'm not ready. I mean, I knew it was coming...I could feel it. It began with the bedtime routine, of not needing me to tuck you in; brushing your teeth on your own and goodnight kisses and… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Children…

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You’re Worth More Than You Know

If you've been following my blog, you know my mom has been through a lot this year; foot surgery, knee replacement, kidney stones...it literally never ends. And it's taken a toll on her spirit. Just when she begins to heal from one thing, another pops up, making it harder to deal with her recovery. Through… Continue reading You’re Worth More Than You Know

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The Kindness of Strangers

Last week, I wrote about my son. He didn't make the high school baseball team. He was devastated. We were heartbroken for him. It was a hard day. Later that evening, I received a private message from a young woman who'd come into my boutique once or twice. She'd read my blog and asked if… Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

It’s That Time of Year Again…

I’ll admit it. I love this time of year. When the days grow shorter, and the air becomes crisp, and the smell of a wood burning stove permeates from house to house, I revert to a child-like state. It’s the beginning of the holiday season. From November to January, I am in a perpetual good… Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again…

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When it all falls apart…

I know what you're thinking, and why this scares you. Things may change. Your life may change. Your head tells you to keep it all in, keep it quiet. Swallow it down and keep it to yourself. But your heart is heavy, and holding it all in has been wreaking havoc on your mascara. It's… Continue reading When it all falls apart…

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Hello, Menopause. Goodbye, Sanity.

I don't like being hot. As a matter of fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. Central air in the house, and air conditioning in the car. Ice cream in the freezer...at least 3 gallons at all times (well, this is less about keeping cool, and more about my sheer love affair with… Continue reading Hello, Menopause. Goodbye, Sanity.