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A mother’s year ebbs and flows with the seasons. School semesters, sports teams, birthdays, holidays, vacations, sickness.  But all the seasons are busy ones, and none more than the fall leading into winter for me. All four of our family’s birthdays are...
For two years before I became a mother, I was a nurse on an inpatient pediatric unit. Before I felt the weight of my daughter on my chest, I took care of hundreds of children. I held them, rocked them,...
Has anyone asked you what you want for Mother’s Day this year? Yeah, me neither BUT I have given a lot of thought as to what I would want. I’ll start by giving some background. I currently have a 4-year-old...
Hi my name is Christina and I am a recovered anorexic perfectionist. Oh, and I’m a mom.  I am one of those women who always assumed I would have children but as my career blossomed and the social life of...
Waking up on the first fall-ish school morning in RVA, and there it is on Morning Joe---news of the now-deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Sometime after 10pm, on a Sunday night, a lone shooter with no particular target(s), rains bullets...
“Wow! You did such a great job on this party, well the place you paid to host it did I guess. It must have cost a fortune! I didn’t see Leah on the invitation list but that’s probably for...
A few years ago, I applied for and became a finalist for a local government appointment. Within minutes of the announcement of the finalists, the internet suddenly had opinions about me. Many of the “facts” informing the opinions were false, but...
If you followed me for even one moment on Instagram, you’ve heard me say this phrase every day on vacation:  TRAVELING WITH KIDS IS NO JOKE.  I like to consider my husband and I pretty go-with-the-flow people. We’re flexible, enjoy new places,...
Before I became a mom...well, let’s start it with pregnancy. Before I got pregnant...I was an organized person. I worked my way through college and always had a ton of things going on. I liked to be busy taking...
Every year the same thing happens. Winter lingers a bit longer than I would like, spring is on the horizon and I begin to get excited about the warm weather and new growth, and the anticipation of my son’s...
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