Category Archives: We Are Family

It Doesn’t Hurt to Smile

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” ~ Mother Teresa The last time my 83-year-old mother-in-law visited, I asked how she was feeling. It’s a valid question. She has, after all, had two knee … Continue reading

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All Creatures Great and Small

We just wrapped up a couple of fun, family-filled days in the Windy City. It was our Last Blast of Summer — a little mini get-away before the kids begin the 2014/15 school year. We loaded up the Navigator — … Continue reading

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From the NICU to the Open Road #TBT

Gus is getting his driver’s permit in two days. His annual NICU reunion takes place in seven more. Six days after that, he’ll be a high school sophomore. Today’s Throwback Thursday post goes all the way back to his fragile … Continue reading

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Say Uncle

Last week, I received a sweet email from a former colleague of mine. She and I met when I made my reluctant re-entry into the full-time work force just shy of a decade ago. I was the ketchup-splattered, sleep-deprived mother … Continue reading

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Their Father

I was born to a father who chose not to stay, his departure the resounding chorus of my young life… Why not? Why? The lesson I learned from him was this: we can’t wish someone into being who we need … Continue reading

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Do kids still write back-to-school essays about their summer adventures? If so, this is what mine will say in August: Nothing. It won’t be entirely true. We’ll do Some Things. We’ll sit by the pool and paddle-boat on the lake. … Continue reading

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Every Day Is Mothers Day

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a stuffy nose. Lucy was whining and licking my hand, wanting to be let outside. Once there, she snapped at carpenter bees until she wore herself out and cried to … Continue reading

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