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Archive for December, 2009

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.”
 

Ray LeBlond

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.”?
 

Jacqueline Winspear??

“True friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient; it’s about being there when it’s not..”
 

William S. Burroughs
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1.   To slow down.

2.   To slow down, even more.

3.   To enjoy slowing down.

4.   To say “Thank you!” and allow others to do for my children and me when they offer.

5.   Who my true friends are.  (“A true friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”)

6.   Just how loving my children are (“Let’s sing to the babies!”  “Can I watch the babies move?”  “I can’t wait to hold the babies!” “Phoenix, be gentle with Mommy’s belly…the babies are in there!”).

7.   What real, complete, and utter exhaustion feels like.

8.   How to distract myself from intense nausea and exhaustion, and find gratitude.

9.   How difficult it is to be ridiculously hungry but not be able to find one single thing that is appetizing.

10.    How patient my husband is when I absolutely positively must have watermelon and it’s 9:50pm on Sunday night.

11.     How to consume small amounts of food every 10-20 minutes from the second I open my eyes to the moment I fall asleep—and chew well.   ;)

12.    How much love there is in the world.

13.    How much love I have to give.

14.    How little fear I have left after A LOT of yoga (“OMG TAYLOR!  You’re having TWINS?!  Are you scared?!”   “No.”).

15.    To truly appreciate the miracle of creating life and be present with it.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
 
Jim Goodwin?
“It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.”
 

Mother Teresa

“Where there is great love there are always miracles.”
 

Willa Cather

“The greatest thing she’d learned over the years is that there’s no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.”
“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”
 

Michael Jordan

“I thought my mom’s whole purpose was to be my mom. That’s how she made me feel.”?
 

Natasha Gregson Wagne?

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.