Happy new beginning!

A new beginning

A new beginning…

I wish you the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments and enjoy fond memories of 2012, which may be in the form of a quick list, photo collage (Facebook offers this functionality) or conversation with a loved one. What did you learn from challenges and trying times that pushed you forward? What do you want to do better in 2013? Ideas for how to grow in 2013 may bubble-up in the form of a wish list of goals related to anything from family to athletics, friends, professionalism, spirituality and/or finances. I am not a perfect anything, but try to have fun trying to improve.

Nature's simple beauty

Nature’s simple beauty

PREGO PARENTS

As I anticipate the birth of our second son, my initial goal for 2013 was to “survive” as my successful sister-in-law (mother of three) jokes. Having another baby can be daunting so I pray we are all healthy and happy. I hope to sweat the small stuff less to savor the soft sounds of our new baby. Our two-year old grew very fast into a happy, high-energy and outgoing young boy.

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Holiday cheer

FAMILY FUN

I hope your holidays are merry and full of joy. The fun continues as the last or twelfth day of Christmas is January 5th. The song “Twelve Days of Christmas” conjures nostalgic childhood memories for me of my Mom (whose signing voice is almost as bad as mine) joyfully stumbling on the lyrics as she tries to lead our family in our song. We both happily sang loud and proud even though we were off-key this Christmas Eve.

Hope everyone had a Happy Chanukah!

Hope everyone had a Happy Chanukah!

Chicago's Christ Kindl Market

Chicago Daley Center Nativity Scene

Chicago Daley Center Nativity Scene

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Santa Clause is coming to town!

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FAMILY FUN

Kids learn from an early age, “You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout ’cause Santa Claus is coming to town.” It’s no wonder our 12 year old niece explained recently that’s why Santa creeps out her little cousins. Santa is the ever-present and all-knowing force who is tracking every move kids make and if they’re bad or good! That may be why lines to see Santa Clause are full of kids crying and not wanting to sit on a stranger’s lap who says “Ho, ho, ho” with a big red suit and full white beard!

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Baby gender what?

PREGO PARENTS

It seems taboo to “wish” for a baby boy or girl rather than a healthy baby. That may be politically correct speak, but pregnancy is an emotional and sometimes irrational time for moms and dads alike. Reactions are often heightened. Some moms and/or dads always had their heart set on having a boy or girl and that is ok. When those parents find out their baby boy or girl is not what they expected, they may face disappointment or sadness.  If those feelings last more than a few minutes and spill over into days, it is called “gender disappointment.” That reaction may also be the result of outside factors such as grandparents wanting someone to carry on the family name. Read the rest of this entry »


Our prayers

My heart breaks for the victims and their loved ones of the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday.

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Fun holiday dress

Holidays are a special time to celebrate with friends and family. You may have fun with ugly sweaters from your own closet or any vintage store. Some work groups have an “ugly sweater” day to boost morale. Ugly sweaters and holiday flair are also the perfect statement for pub crawls and holiday parties.

Holiday pub crawl

Holiday pub crawl

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Just committ

HAPPINESS

Quality time with family and friends is an intangible gift that directly correlates with happiness. It is easy to say you are too busy to make the time, but schedule something and you won’t regret it! Some weeks you may be able to balance work and play.

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