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Spiritual Sunday

Spiritual Sunday Just over a year ago, I stopped going to mass.   I went every single Sunday for my entire life (literally every single Sunday).  Mass became an absolute chore as opposed to a blessing. The sermons were meaningless and all that was homilized was that nobody went to church (literally preaching to the choir).  I shed my Irish Catholic guilt and decided that I could tolerate the wrath and shame that my Mom was going to lay on thick. I took a break, and …

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First and Forever Love

With all the recent talk of new and first boyfriends among the moms I know, and probably the sheer amount of Gossip Girl I’ve been watching lately (I have a real problem) I started to reminisce about early love and how it shapes the way we see forever love.  For some people (and penguins), the two are the same. For most of us, finding forever love is a journey, with a course charted by different relationships until we hit our destination. For those of us …

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Laughing out Loud

There are days, or even just moments when the world seems to stop and all that surrounds us is the sound of J’s laughter.  Tonight we had one of those moments.  J was running around the family room, music playing on my phone (he did it without even unlocking it, kid knows my phone better than I do) and laughing.  His laugh.  Its squeaky and contagious and it sucked us in.  Before we knew it the three of us were on the floor giggling. I found …

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Ancestry

I was going to post a quote or keep this lighthearted this week. But it has been an emotional week and I just have too much on my heart to not share what’s happening. My glimpse into my ancestry has only been my mother’s side of the family. My family tree has one full half that has always been a mystery to me. There has been a hole in my story and some things I haven’t been able to answer through the years. When I …

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Finding Your Normal

I vividly remember entering my teen years and wanting so badly to fit in.  To be normal. To wear the same clothes as the ‘popular girls,’ for boys to like me and to belong.  It was really stressful and honestly, my junior high years were full of mean girls and a few bright spots.  You could not pay me to go back. Literally, no amount of money would make me want to. Thankfully, by the time I hit the backside of my high school freshman …

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Pregnancy Brain

Its back.  Short term memory loss, general forgetfulness and swelling.  When I was first pregnant with J I was reading all kinds of books, blogs, articles – anything I could get my hands on related to pregnancy.  One of the more shocking ‘side effects’ to me was the real concept of pregnancy brain.  I remember thinking…’No way, that’s not a thing’.  Well, it is.  Brain cells lost – that may never return, mind suddenly less capable of juggling the 10,000 things it used to and …

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An Unexpected Moment of Laughter

I got the following text from my youngest today:     Ignoring the typo, I had no idea my youngest knew how to play poker! This random question came out of nowhere, and provided me with a much needed LOL, ‘choke on my water as I’m rushing to a meeting’ moment that I desperately needed today. I’m leaving at the end of the week for a family trip, so I’ve already crammed five days worth of meetings into three days. Mondays are always hectic, and …

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Mom of the Year

Every year, I’m in the running for Mom of the Year until January 15th then throw in the towel since there is always next year (true Cubs fan).  I always joke about being Mom of the Year and discovered that it’s real thing: Mother of the Year.  This recognition awards an “admirable” mother was made to provide an inspiration to the nation who would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength, and courage.   I know lots of hustling mama’s that we can nominate (next year)! …

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Surviving a Toddler Road Trip

Let me be the first to say, I’m not what you’d call tech savvy. It’s a little embarrassing considering our office is prime with innovators, forward thinkers and straight up geniuses when it comes to getting things done better, faster and cooler.  My response when someone says, ‘have you tried this app yet?’ is often, ‘nope.’ It’s not that I don’t love technology or use it to my full advantage in the workplace, it’s more that when I’m home, I’m unplugging and just living a …

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Coming Down to the Wire!

You see this timestamp? It’s 11:13 p.m. and I am finally getting to my blog! It’s Wednesday, Y’All! And that means it’s time for me to get my act together and get to writing! Oh my goodness!!!! It’s almost Thursday! I’m almost out of time and I am sorry to our Thursday blogger Katie! I am cramping your timeline girl! Many apologies, but let’s face it, I know you know this drill! The day got away from me. So much happened today I could not …