Just A Mom Family

I will celebrate holding your hand

“I never knew holding someone’s hand could feel so inviting, so familiar and so new at the same time. Holding your hand, I celebrate it, I mark it on calendars.” -Anita Krizzan Almost six years ago, I made a vow to hold my husband, Phil’s, hand through the brightest days and the darkest. Two years ago today, November 20, 2013, I held...

I’m a bad mom

…when I am tired, stressed and overwhelmed, and don’t give myself the time to acknowledge that I am tired, stressed and overwhelmed. In other words, when I “keep on truckin,’” I find myself crashing into the guardrail, and the “I’m not a good mom” guilt-rants begin to play in my head. Then I’m stressed and overwhelmed by all the other things to...

Those who have gone before

In the season of raising young children when we are reminded time and time again to cherish the season, to enjoy every moment, well-meaning unsolicited advice and self-inflicted guilt is overwhelming to me. As a widowed single parent, the glaring absence of my other half makes the stress and guilt unbearable at times. My 4-year-old boys are very energetic, outgoing and exude...

This little light of mine

“I invite you to consider that to inhibit, delay, convert or avoid grief is to condemn yourself to a living death. Living fully requires that you feel fully. It means being completely one with what you are experiencing.”* -Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Growing up, I remember Halloween as a marker of a joyful holiday season about to begin. Once the leaves...

My primary occupation is: Just a Mom.

If I could count the times I’ve heard (and said myself) the phrase, “Oh, I’m just a mom” after being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” it would fill a number of pages. But we do that, right? Sell ourselves short on the hardest, most privileged “job” in the world by emphasizing that word ‘JUST.’ Well… After four...