5 Poolside Reads - 2020 Great Summer Books for Moms
Mother's Day Gifts Guide 2020 with Shipping Tips
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Coffee in hand, strolling around the stores. Boutique or “gifty” spots preferred. Dreamy right? That is my favorite way to shop for gifts. I pick items up, think about the person I am buying for, put it down, stroll around some more then come back.
Ahhhh the good “old” days.
While I am staying forever hopeful life can and will return to pre-covid “normal-ish” at least for now we must shop and give gifts a different way. Online shopping!
Mother’s Day is May 10th 2020, this post is being posted April 30th which means we need to shop and have our items shipped quickly!
We are a family of 5 - myself, my husband and our three girls. About a year and a half ago my oldest daughter moved 12 hours away to start a life at the age of 18 almost 19. With no interest in college she went to pursue an opportunity that ended up not working out. She is resilient and full of determination and decided to stay and pursue other things but in the same area (did I mention this is 12 hours away from home?).
At first, as a mom, I felt rejected and confused. Why didn't she come home?
This list of books is near and dear to my heart as I have made some huge shifts in life over the last several years. I wish I had these resources much earlier in life but I am a firm believer that things happen at the right times for the right reasons.
I hope these help you as much as they have helped me in forming healthy relationships with not only my children but in life as well.
Well, there I was, having a perfectly normal day and the next thing you know the dog starts to get in poop position in the middle of the kitchen, the girls are screaming with the potential grossness of it all. Suddenly I turned around like a scene from the exorcist and yelled (yes actually yelled - loud) deep throated, angry, harsh words at my child.
It was like an out of body experience. I don’t do that – the angry, harsh loud yelling at the drop of a hat.
In the recent months I attended a “Celebration of Life” for Lydia Dees. I didn’t know Lydia personally. I attended this event because her granddaughter is a friend of mine. Yes, you read that correctly, her granddaughter who is my age or close to it. Lydia lived a long life.
The last years of Lydia’s life were spent in a nursing home specializing in memory care. She suffered from severe memory loss, fear and anxiety. My friend would go to be with her grandmother regularly. The tangible love she showed her grandmother, even in the midst of being a busy mom and wife, overwhelmed me. I knew from her words and actions how much she loved her granny so when the time came for the funeral I went to support my friend.
I didn’t realize what the life of Lydia Dees would suddenly mean to me.
We are a family of 5 - myself, my husband and our three girls. About a year and a half ago my oldest daughter moved 12 hours away to start a life at the age of 18 almost 19. With no interest in college she went to pursue an opportunity that ended up not working out. She is resilient and full of determination and decided to stay and pursue other things but in the same area (did I mention this is 12 hours away from home?). At first, as a mom, I felt rejected and confused. Why didn't she come home? Now, as I see her thriving in new directions, financially independent, starting a career in retail and enjoying life all while maintaining close family ties through phone calls, text messages, social media and visits I realize - we did our job. We raised a loving, kind, responsible person.
Now, on to "Christmas with 4"...
My youngest is off to camp this week. This in itself is a huge change for me as a mom. I was hugely overprotective until recent life experiences brought me to my knees to face myself and reevaluate basically everything in my life.
In years past, as a "rules" based, overprotective mom, I am not proud to admit,