The Day Our Family Experienced A Miracle

By: Heather Wolper Last Saturday, after cartoons and breakfast around our kitchen island, my husband found our sweet, ornery, six-year-old boy, unconscious and barely breathing.  While I was upstairs getting ready for the day, my husband quickly lifted our precious boy, who had been talking excitedly about fishing and riding...

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Searching for Joy Without My Mother

By: Amanda Loduca (Guest Blogger) It seems to me that most of my problems are linked to my mother’s absence. A few examples: My toddler and I often have nowhere to go; Mom was retired and lived only a minute away. I worry that I bother people with my little...

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Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (Book Review)

Book review by: Cathy DiBella (Guest Blogger) “I could not recall attachment, closeness, memories of the scent of Mother’s perfume, the feel of her skin, the sound of her voice singing in the kitchen, the solace of her rocking, holding, and comforting me, the intellectual stimulation, and joy of being...

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When Guilt Sets In

By: Amanda Loduca (Guest Blogger) Everyone who’s lost a mother has a different story to tell. Many are quick to include a phrase that digs deep and hurts my soul, because I cannot say the same: “My mom was my best friend.” I am truly happy for those women who...

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Growing Through Change

By: Heather Wolper Summer, with all its lazy wonder and time spent creek wading and cannonballing, is over. And here we are trying to adjust to a new normal. Our calendar is suddenly ruled by school bus pick-ups and drop-offs, school planners and reading logs, and we are all grieving...

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Soup Kettle Memories

By: Heather Wolper Today, I pulled my mother’s steel soup kettle from deep within my kitchen cabinets and prepared to make soup. As I chopped and diced, my mind filled with memories of my mother standing on the parquet floor of our kitchen stirring soup over our stove. Each week...

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Leaving Room For Spilled Milk

By: Heather Wolper This morning as I was upstairs making my bed, I heard cries from downstairs, “Oh, No!! Mom! Help.” I groaned. Screams like that usually mean someone has made a catastrophic mess. “Mom, quick. Hurry!!! Lucy just poured out a gallon of milk and all the egg-nog.” I...

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Celebrating Life

By: Heather Wolper Every year as my birthday approaches, I think of my mother. I remember chocolate cakes made lovingly from my grandmother’s recipe and birthday parties planned with her creative flair. I remember sugar cookies cut in the shapes of numbers and birthday cakes covered in sparklers. I remember birthday...

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Grieving For Summer

By: Heather Wolper (Guest Blogger) Every year I grieve a bit as Summer comes to a close. I grieve the end of months spent wading in creeks and swimming in pools. I grieve the end of afternoons spent sitting on curbs eating drippy ice cream cones and the end of...

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Life Lessons: Forgiveness and Grace

By: Mary Ellen Collins I have been digging into the memories of my life and recalling the sources of some of my beliefs.  Where did they come from? Who did they come from? What was the first memory about when I had to learn to forgive or give grace? Dig!...

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