Category: Family life

The Family is the First School of Love

A lot of work happens at home.     When children watch their parents work at projects, it inspires them.     They see there are ways they can accomplish what they want and, when given the materials, they create a plan.     To make it happen.   It

Blueberry Picking at Vanderhelm Farms

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch For the third year in a row, we took the kids blueberry picking at Vanderhelm Farms. The drive takes us down a road of nostalgia paved while living in the midst of rolling hills of walnut trees. The path down Geer or Albers

Forging new paths

Three months and one week since we last walked through the sliding glass doors of sterilized air and woodless surroundings at UCSF. Three months. That seems to be all it takes. In a moment, one day, earlier this week, I felt space in my lungs, I felt relaxed, I felt

Step back and Refocus

This week was all about stepping back. Activity, endless work (because it’s hard to step away when you love it) and the numbers dragged me down. Step back and choose to stop work.   Step back and sit in the backyard. There are sweet peas growing, a flower that seemed

The most important advice I could give to a stay-at-home-parent

You know, there is no such thing as a full-time stay-at-home mom. It just sounds like a tidier answer to those who work outside the home full-time. For the woman or man who makes that choice to leave full-time employment, the answer changes, the act now is one of a

How to celebrate motherhood for what’s worth

  I want to celebrate motherhood for what it is. I want to be aware of the trials and the heartache and that not everyone is a mother (some are men). Some women chose not to become mothers and maybe they are satisfied or maybe they are lonely or feel

“Grace Like Scarlett”: A Book to Help Women Lean into Grief

Today, I share with you a book I encountered that may be useful in your life or in the life of someone you know. It is about miscarriage…

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