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Archive for October, 2012

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future. ”

Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.”

“Ask the young, they know everything!”


Funniest Quotes so far from The 5 Wells Kids:

March 23 2011:

Phoenix said, “Mama, there are two people in this house right now. You and me.”

Super-mom said, “No, there are four.  You and me and Dakota and Montana.” Phoenix replied, “I said people, Mama, not babies.”


March 22 2011:  Phoenix said, “Mama one day I gonna walk on the moon.  All da moons, except the full moon.”


March 22 2011:  Phoenix said, “Mama, the sun is nice but it don’t talk b/c it don’t have a mouth or a face.”


March 21, 2011:  Phoenix asked Philippe, “Is my tongue red or pink?  His answer:  My tongue is red because I eating a red watermelon.”


March 21, 2011:  Sage said, “I’m kinda plainish with salad.  I kinda grew up that way except for when I was (eating) cooked.


March 19 2011:

Phoenix: “Is dem babies doing good or bad?”

Emily:  “Good buddy, thanks for checking in!”

Phoenix:  “You bettah make sure dem babies don’t have a scratch!”

March 17, 2011:

Sagey at the Y:  ”When we were in the sauna, I said I wanted to get out and then Mama did and then Phoenix.  So it was girl, girl, boy.”

Phoenix:  ”No, it was girl, Mommy, boy.”


March 11, 2011:  Sage was playing with Dakota and Madison was playing with Montana.  Phoenix said, “Sagey, I have none baby.  I really want a baby.”


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John De Paola

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Harry Emerson Fosdick

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”

Lily Tomlin

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”


“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

Sylvia Plath

“Rest and be thankful.”

William Wordsworth

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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.