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Bathtub conversations

Dear Katie,

One day you will probably cringe over what I’m about to write, just please remember that I love you.

This morning, as you and Matthew were in the bathtub, we had a conversation that went like this:

You: Mommy, Matthew has a penis.

Me: Yep, he sure does.

You: When he grows up, will he have a vagina like me?

Me: Nope, he will always have a penis.

You: When he grows up will he be a mommy?

Me: No…he may be a daddy, but only girls are mommies.

You: Oh…okay. When I grow up, I’m going to be a doctor.

Me: I’m so happy to hear that Katie. Will you also be a mommy?

You: You’re not listening to me. I said I’m going to be a doctor.

Me: Well, Katie. You can be both. You don’t have to choose between the two.

You: Really? I can? Perfect! I’ll be a doctor and a mom!

Me: Yes, my sweet girl, you absolutely can be both.

And Katie, I hope you never limit yourself.

You can be anything you dream of being and I’ll be right here to remind you to reach for everything you want in this life.

With a heart bursting with love for you,


Words of Motherhood: Listen to Your Mother

Listen to your mother, LTYM, Listen to your mother San FranciscoWe each woke up that crisp, sunny morning, quite likely with our first thoughts of our Listen to Your Mother audition that day.

We each carefully chose our clothes, applied our makeup, and mentally ran through our chosen piece time and again.

We drove to the Fort Mason Center to share our words with two women who were truly eager to hear them.

Words of motherhood.

We waited for our turn and we worried.

All of us.

And, one after another, we read.

Each story beautiful in its own unique way, but also much the same.

Words of motherhood.

We all went home and waited.

Many of us spoke with one another about the amazing experience.

We took turns expressing how grateful we were to have had the opportunity to read our words.

We spoke of being honored to attend the LTYM show in May, whether in the audience or as a part of the cast.

And we truly meant it.

I am elated to be one of the lucky ones who were cast for the show.

I am so incredibly honored to be one of those who will stand and read her story.

I will stand and read my words and share my story and I will never forget this feeling of overwhelming joy.

I am so incredibly grateful and excited for this experience and I am sending so much love to those who weren’t cast this time.

I am confident that each of us, those who were cast and those who were not, are grateful for the experience.

For having a welcoming environment in which to share our words.

Words of motherhood.

Sharing Childhood

Cars wrapping paper

My childhood was filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They were a huge part of my world and I am ever grateful for that.

But, our children are having an entirely different experience, as my whole family lives in Maine and Craig’s is spread over the West Coast, with his nearest relative nearly three hours away.

Their grandparents and other relatives see only the photos that we email, put on Facebook, or print and mail.

And, well, I’m not so great at printing and sending photos and Facebook is so busy that pictures and videos seem to get lost in the shuffle.

So, our family hasn’t had the opportunity to watch our children grow up.

This is why I’m so grateful for LiveOn.

Now, I can share life events with my family.

I have so many photos that I wasn’t even sure where to start. I began with Katie’s birth, then did Matthew’s, and then I did Matthew’s 2nd birthday. I’m planning to back way up and tackle our wedding and honeymoon next.

What I love is that LiveOn not only stores and helps me to share important memories with those closest to me, but they are committed to preserving my photos and memories long after I’m living. How do I know that? This is their promise…

We promise to keep your memories forever. Not 100 years, not 500 years, but forever. We have an intricate backup system of servers that will act as your personal vault, ensuring your stories are here for all future generations to enjoy. This promise of memory preservation is the number one focus of our company and we will do everything in our power to keep this promise to you.

There are so many other features that I love about LiveOn. I’ll be back in the coming months to tell you more about them! In the meantime, please go poke around. I think you’ll love it.

While I will always wish that we lived closer to family, I’m grateful to LiveOn for offering me a meaningful way to share our memories across the miles.

I’m so excited to share a code with you for LiveOn Rewind, a service that safely converts your VHS tapes to DVDs and digitizes your printed photos. Here’s your code: cgc06

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


What if someone suggested this idea to you…

It is time to carry the weight of empowerment instead of the weight of our flaws on our shoulders.

Think about that for a minute.

What a freeing thought.

Could you do it?

Could I?


And I’m sharing my thoughts about it over on Just. Be. Enough.

Please follow me over there today where I’m sharing memories of my beautiful mother and a moment in my life when I had to set aside my unrealistic expectations and just breathe.





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