Lipstick & Pearls
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:43Our family recently gathered to celebrate my oldest’s birthday. She’s 4. Already.
It’s one of those “time goes by so quickly” situations that totally caught me off guard. My little 6 pound, 1 ounce baby girl who wore preemie clothes for the first weeks of her life is now one year away from 5. And one year away from kindergarten.
My big girl, of course, has taken everything in stride. She proudly and confidently holds up her four fingers whenever she is asked her age. Her kitty...
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:00Have you ever had one of those days where everything is just a little off? You wake up a few inches to the left. You run three minutes late to everything. You misjudge the proximity to which you are standing in relation to your kitchen counter, bend down and whap your forehead.
Oh wait, that was probably just me.
But that, seemingly, has been what the last 10 weeks have been for me. (I can be that specific because I have been keeping track. If you’re wondering why, it has to do with constant nausea, exhaustion and a due date of Sept. 8.)
No matter the cause, all this “off-ness” has brought two emotions constantly to the surface: guilt and failure.
I feel guilty that my house is a wreck. I feel guilty that my girls have watched...
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:05As a mom, I always imagined I would be at the top of my game when it comes to protecting my girls.
With the medical history of our oldest, including lab-work, hospital stays and surgery, my husband and I have become adept at overprotectiveness regarding her health. We’ve had practice holding her through her pain and tears. And we’ve hidden our own tears to lessen her fears.
Sometimes I feel like we’ve morphed into a kind of super-parent zone when it comes to not crashing under the pressure of a 107 degree temperature, or three straight days of visiting the hospital laboratory to draw blood or not jumping down the throat of a nurse who has immense trouble inserting an IV into my little girl’s arm.
We’ve learned to be at the...
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:42The New Year is no longer new. And the transition to 2012 was probably pretty uneventful for most.
Remnants of any celebrations have long-since been cleared. In fact, trash from one of the world’s largest New Year’s parties—Times Square in New York City—is cleared well before dawn, leaving one to wonder if up to 1 million people ever really rang in the New Year together.
Even if you vowed to somehow make 2012 different, for the majority, life continued in the manner of 2011. There’s work, school, family responsibilities and daily duties. Most of 2011 rolled right in to 2012 without much notice—even this pesky head cold of mine…good riddance!
By now, the freshness of New Year’s resolutions has probably worn off. Perhaps...
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 20:38During a time where the world around me races at a frantic pace—shopping, baking, partying, wrapping, unwrapping—I find myself quietly reflective.
It’s not that I haven’t been participating in outward Christmas tidings; quite the opposite. Our family has been thoroughly involved in decking the halls and spreading goodwill toward men.
In fact, by the time you read this, I will have completed my debut as director of our church’s Christmas program. (I’ve had a lot of fun, by the way.)
Our Christmas tree is in place, decorated by a jubilant 3-year-old who put all the ornaments on the bottom 2 feet of the tree. (She wasn’t too happy when I began evenly dispersing the Frosty Friends.)
The stockings are hung.
My husband and I...
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