When I picked up my two oldest kids from Cub Scout day camp last week, the first thing I noticed was the touch of sun on their cheeks, a bright pink that turned red by late evening.“Did you put any sunblock on?” I asked my 10-year-old, knowing that I had given my kids two different kinds of sunblock to use, lotion and spray.“I forgot,” my daughter replied quietly. Later, she complained of the sting as I put aloe on her face. Luckily, thanks to rashguard [...]
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As I walked down the hallway of our veterinarian’s office a couple of weeks ago, I was riddled with guilt and stressed over what to do about our new, 9-week-old boxer puppy, Gus, who laid in a kennel inside, hooked up to an IV.He had a traumatic brain injury - brain damage, blindness and jaw paralysis that was caused after I tripped and fell on him in a freak accident. I told myself we’d do everything we could financially afford for him, but my husband raised valid concerns. [...]
“Mommy, I want to have my own house,” my 4-year-old daughter declared recently while she scrawled a drawing of a square house with a triangle-shaped roof and a four-pane window out front.“What about Mommy and Daddy? Where will we live?” I asked her.“You’ll live here,” she replied nonchalantly. “I want a house just for me.”I couldn’t help but laugh. Me too, kiddo. When I pressed her about what her house might look [...]
Whenever I’ve been faced with loss, I’ve tried to focus on life.When I had two previous miscarriages, I felt a need to get pregnant again as quickly as possible. I had five pregnancies in six years.When my 13-year-old cocker spaniel died in 2015 - the dog I’d had since college, the one who had been by my side for so many life changes - we decided to wait to get another dog. It didn’t make sense, as our kids were 6, 3 and 2-months-old. My husband and I agreed [...]