encouragement

Photos from the conference I spoke at in Florida

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All I can say is wow.  The Better Together conference in Florida was amazing. And since a picture really is worth a thousand words, I’ll just let the photos sum it up… There’s nothing else like hundreds of moms getting together–learning, laughing, and loving. It was a powerful and inspiring weekend, and I was honored […] Read more…

What to do on the hard days

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My daughter Katie and I, and a few of her friends and their parents, sit outside on the restaurant patio and eat lunch. One of the moms asks me about the move and how I’m doing. I tell her we leave in less than a week, the movers come tomorrow, and things are chaotic as we […] Read more…

You’re a gardener, mom.

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For Mother’s Day a few year’s ago, my son gave me a hand-painted ceramic pot with a fabric flower inside of it: It was the perfect gift for me because I don’t have a green thumb (at all!).  And I loved the poem that he put inside the pot:   Tweet: It reminded me that […] Read more…

This friend…

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“This all has to stop,” my friend sobs on the other end of the phone. I listen and nod. “I know,” I tell her. “I know.” And as I grapple for words–any words that might give her comfort right now–my heart breaks for this sweet friend of mine. This friend who, just an hour before […] Read more…

Which comes first: positive words or positive behavior?

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Do I love you because you’re beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you? ~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella I was never much of a dog person until we got our dog Bailey. (Now, I have to admit, I’m a tad ridiculous.) She’s a tiny little Shih Tzu and she’s the sweetest dog […] Read more…

Yes, you are…

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I walked into the locker room at the gym the other day when a woman passed me, smiled, and said out of the blue, “You’re pretty.” I did sort of a double take, thinking she was talking to someone behind me, but there was nobody there. By the time I realized she was talking to me, she’d turned […] Read more…