In honor of courage….everyday is a new day. Take a step.


And sometimes all it takes is a quiet ask for help to show great courage. What will be your first step? Continue reading In honor of courage….everyday is a new day. Take a step.

Courage to take a fearful step can come from unlikely places, like a fish named Dory.


“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth”  ~ Albert Einstein So you might be asking yourself, what does Albert Enstein have to do with Dory from “Finding Nemo” or rather where the heck is she going with this post?  I know it seems a bit obtuse, but hang in here with me and I will explain. Have you ever looked at the same thing everyday and suddenly one day when you wake up you look at that same thing completely different?  That happened … Continue reading Courage to take a fearful step can come from unlikely places, like a fish named Dory.

From a Little One’s Perspective…Even When They Can’t Talk…They Love You.


“I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you” ~ Ben Folds Since it’s nighttime and I just put my precious E & Q down to sleep, I want to say thank you to everyone who visited us today and for those who did and felt moved by “Welcome to Holland,” here is what I think E would have said to me before she went to sleep.  Thank you for this HUGE boost today for me and my family but also for everyone else that has been to Holland through their children, parents or … Continue reading From a Little One’s Perspective…Even When They Can’t Talk…They Love You.

Finding Strength in being Happy in Holland when I wanted to go to Italy.


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” … Continue reading Finding Strength in being Happy in Holland when I wanted to go to Italy.

What I learned from Justin Bieber, a dancing monkey, Elmo and Godzilla.


“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” ~ Dr. Seuss As I have mentioned before, since I was a child and even now, I am a fairly serious person.  I am a paradox in my own mind, in that I love love love to laugh, yet I have found myself battoning down the hatches when often others are so freely laughing. I cannot exactly say why this is, other than I have always shouldered a great deal of responsibility in my life and therefore never felt the same light-heartedness that others around me so clearly … Continue reading What I learned from Justin Bieber, a dancing monkey, Elmo and Godzilla.

If your instincts are talking to you, stop and listen…it’s rude not to.


The most decisive actions of our life… are most often unconsidered actions.  ~André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1926 So this morning when I woke up, I my instincts told me this day had the chance to be a doozy of a day.  First, while for the past nearly 18 months (actually longer since I couldn’t sleep when I was pregnant either, so make that 2.5 years!) I have woken up several times a night, but, since I haven’t been feeling well, I had been exhausted and sleeping much harder than normal for the past 2 nights (no I am not pregnant).  So perhaps, … Continue reading If your instincts are talking to you, stop and listen…it’s rude not to.