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Set Sail

Set Sail

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   Sunshine has been tickling our skin and warming our hearts with a new longing to be … Continue reading

Gray Hairs and a Lesson on Beauty from My Son

When you have black hair, those first strands of gray hair are pretty obvious. They aren’t gray. They scream white. Yesterday, I found seven strands of white hair, stark and proud against the unforgiving backdrop of my straight black hair. Unfortunately, in my haste to pull out those seven white strands, I inadvertently sacrificed 4 … Continue reading

Homemade Lunchables and Dancing at Midnight

Homemade Lunchables and Dancing at Midnight

At a quarter past midnight, just after curling up in bed, I realize something. The kids have preschool tomorrow.  They need lunch.   Clearly I have yet to find my groove with this going-to-school stage of parenthood.  I drag myself sadly out of bed and make my way over to the fridge to see what my options are.  … Continue reading

The Unsung Hero:  Happy Father’s Day

The Unsung Hero: Happy Father’s Day

Smartypants is the backbone of our family. He’s the strong one.  Steadfast.  Unfazed.  Calm.  Logical. Annoyingly so, when sometimes I wish I could just drag him down into my irrational and tangled mess of emotions and doubts. But I need him to be just as he is.  We are right together — as husband and wife, as parents, and … Continue reading

The Value of Fun

The Value of Fun

This about captures what life has been feeling like most days. Topsy turvy.  Chaotic.  Silly.  And not so graceful. What matters most at the end of the day though…  We are having fun.  Despite the tantrums and tears.  The mess.  The discipline and hard lessons.  Despite the love-hate battles between brother and sister.  Despite feeling like some … Continue reading

Be the Hero

Be the Hero

Momo has a little hero in his heart.  He wants to fix things.  To come to the rescue.  To do right and to know the answers. He wants to be bigger.  Stronger.  Faster. Oh, but he is small. And he knows it.  There are days I sense he feels like he’s being swallowed up by … Continue reading

Nacho Libre Meets Tinkerbell

Nacho Libre Meets Tinkerbell

Most days, Tigerlily is all about cars, trains, and stir frying at her play kitchen. Once in a while, she gravitates towards dress-up and puts on her fairy wings.  Sometimes she’ll wear a tutu with them and my heart just turns into silly putty.  Although I don’t push girly things on her, it is awfully cute seeing … Continue reading