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Archive for February, 2012

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

Oprah Winfrey

“The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.”

Stanley Kubrick

Last week Philippe and his Mom took Sagey (age 7), Phoenix (age 5 ), Dakota (age 21 months), and Montana (age 21 months) on a Disney Cruise because A.  I needed to finish my book rewrite after all the amazing change and transformation we’ve experienced in the last six months and with the day-to-day of five kiddos and five yoga studios and two blogs it just wasn’t a-happenin, and B.  I ain’t a fan of cruises or Disney, so everyone won!  Plus my four youngest got to spend precious time with their grama.  Madison (age 14) stayed home with me because she didn’t wanna miss school.


While they were at sea our means of communication was email. Here’s one of my favorites:


“Cruise is awesome.  It was pirate day today, and we had a pirate party tonight.


Montana loves the light fixtures on the boat.  Every time he sees a new one (every 5 feet), he points up at the ceiling and smiles.


Sagey almost went on aquaduck slide twice today.  Both times she changed her mind and walked back down.  I said she could trust me, but she said she had to trust her own feelings.”




“By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power of the universe and allow it to become our guiding force.”

Shakti Gawain

“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

“There’s nothing like a mama-hug.”

Terri Guillemets

“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”

Erich Fromm

“Mother’s love grows by giving.”

Charles Lamb

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”

Abraham Lincoln

“To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.”

Arlene Benedict

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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.