Not So Different After All

Last week, Rob shared with me that our friends were starting to give him a complex about how much I talk about my highly anticipated two hours of mama time each week. He said, “It sounds like I don’t let you get out of the house or something.” And for some reason that comment has stuck with me…and only because I know it’s simply not true. The only person that stops me from taking time for myself is me. I always said I would never be one of those moms whose entire life revolved around her child. I promised myself I would remain true to my pre-child identity. I would not be one of those wives who had a date night tainted with only conversations about their child....
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This Thanksgiving

Can you feel it? What…might you wonder? The holidays are officially here! You’ll have to excuse my over-the-top delight, but this year the holidays have taken on a whole new role in my life. While most are dreading the holiday season…the overspending, the congested traffic jams, the over-indulging of food, the holiday commercials and the annoyance of spending time with relatives you would not normally wish to be around…I, on the other hand, am welcoming it all with wide open arms. You have to remember, we spent the last three years in Costa Rica where holidays were celebrated (although just us Gringos had Thanksgiving dinner), but it just never felt the same. I was lucky to have my parents to share the holidays with (which unfortunately meant Rob...
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Through the Looking Glass Gala

Last weekend, two of my closest friends drove down from Michigan to help with the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundations Inaugural “Through the Looking Glass” Gala. I joined the auction committee a few months ago and have been working hard with a small group of talented young women to help raise funds for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The event was nothing short of amazing and I’m proud to have been a part of it. I must say I’m even prouder that I had my girls, Alexis and Mindi right there by my side. They spent Saturday afternoon helping us set up the event, they took on any job that was designated to them that evening and they both held my hand and sobbed with...
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Indiana State Fair

This week we went to the ever popular and ever entertaining, Indiana State Fair. Last years tragedy will always be present in the minds of Hoosiers, but they continued on with the tradition of coming together to support their beloved Fair. For me, I have always loved fairs. I grew up in a city where fairs seemed to always be coming to town and it was a tradition I secretly loved. Heck my mom was even a taste tester for years at one of the County fairs. So I exposed my hidden love for fairs to my husband and we rounded everyone up for an evening of good old fashioned entertainment. It was complete with some people watching, eating disgustingly good but crazy unhealthy food and I even...
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Backspacing and Blank Screens

Tonight as I sit here at the computer, I’m telling Rob that I just can’t seem to get my thoughts down in a blog post. It’s as if I have much too share, but every time I begin typing I quickly hit backspace, backspace, backspace until there is nothing but a blank screen again. I suppose this so-called “writer’s block” is running parallel with Lola’s undetermined diagnosis. We had one before and although lissencephaly was a hard diagnosis to swallow…at least we had one. But now Lola’s medical life has taken another unexpected turn when the lissencephaly diagnosis was retracted by a MRI performed here in the U.S. It’s as if someone is hitting backspace and all we are left with is yet another blank screen. I guess...
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