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Who Am I?

Saturday, August 03, 2013      1 comments

Sometimes it wells up inside and you just have to get angry...determined, fed-up, done, ready. I cannot take it anymore - the looking at myself in the mirror and not seeing the person I know is hiding inside me. I met her again today - that wo... Read more

Call It Like You See It

Friday, September 07, 2012      2 comments

In reflecting today about life struggles, it occurred to me how often we delude ourselves into thinking that things are not as they appear, even when they truly are. Often we mask our internal conflicts, keeping them hidden not only from others... Read more

Recovering from C-Section after Surrogacy

Sunday, August 21, 2011      10 comments

The day finally arrived this past week. My niece was born via c-section. Giving birth to her was such a different experience from delivering my own three kids. Every pregnancy and delivery is truly unique. I'm still very tired and unco... Read more

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Pregnant: Our IVF Experience

Saturday, December 04, 2010      12 comments

Today was the day my sister and brother-in-law have been waiting for a long time. As I laid in bed this morning I began to ponder what the appropriate outfit is to wear on ... Read more

Does It Count As Nutrition If It's In Your Butt?

Thursday, December 02, 2010      0 comments

The reproductive clinic called today and said my progesterone levels are too low. Since I'm going in on Friday to implant the eggs, they need my levels to come up. They said I'll have to give myself shots of progesterone suspended in oil. I near... Read more

Dripping Joyous Sweat

Saturday, November 13, 2010      2 comments

I ran today. I wasn't the fastest one on the treadmills at the gym, but I might have been the happiest. Who knew that dripping sweat could be such a joyous occasion? Stepping off that treadmill I felt triumphant. I felt like I crossed a mile... Read more

Is Courage Mine To Be Had? Is It Yours?

Saturday, October 30, 2010      2 comments

All around me are the living, breathing examples of courage born by those who never thought themselves capable of their feats. Where did they come from? How were they prepared - or were they? Is courage an innate character trait or are we simply... Read more

Know Where You're Going & Plan the Trip!

Sunday, September 19, 2010      1 comments

A man named Henry Emerson Fosdick once said, "He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end." We often hear "the end justifies the means", but have we really thought about what ... Read more

Prioritizing Myself

Saturday, September 18, 2010      2 comments

After too long of a hiatus, I am back on track. This has been a crazy 13 months! Delivering the twins, moving back to the states from Japan, traveling for two months, moving to Virginia, moving to North Carolina, traveling the Alaska Highway f... Read more

My Baby Knew Me and I Was Different

Tuesday, June 29, 2010      6 comments

My parents came home today to bring the twins. They kept them in Texas for 2 weeks in order to help me recover from my mastectomy. In two weeks they'll be one year old. They've changed so much just over the last two weeks since I've seen the... Read more

Oh the Places My Feet Take Me

Monday, June 28, 2010      4 comments

(This photo was taken on a recent zip-lining trip with my son with Navitat Canopy Adventures in North Carolina.) A friend asked me some time ago to write about what inspi... Read more

It Is What It Is

Monday, May 24, 2010      11 comments

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 10 years ago at age 51. She is a survivor. Her sister was diagnosed with the same cancer at 36 years-old, survived, and now has terminal ovarian cancer. Their mother died from breast and ovarian canc... Read more

Accentuate the Positive!

Thursday, April 22, 2010      5 comments

While standing face-to-face, looking into the eyes of my loving husband, I quickly popped a dark chocolate into my mouth. With a surprised look on his face, he went into interrogation mode. "Where is it, honey? I need my antioxidants too!" I tri... Read more

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going

Thursday, April 22, 2010      4 comments

How true it is - there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. This is the kind of thing my mom would have said to me when I was growing up. It's the kind of thing I now say to my nine year-old son. It also reminds me of something the late Yo... Read more

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Sunday, October 18, 2009      4 comments

My oldest son is about to turn ten years-old. Sometimes I can't believe this much time has passed. This is a sentiment echoed by parents around the world everyday. His childhood is more than half over. There is only a little time left to ins... Read more


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