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Last month, my baby girl turned 4.  Yes, its taken me a while to post this and part of the reason is maybe I'm coming to terms with the fact that my baby is no longer a baby anymore!  It's rough to accept how fast time flies and how quickly your kids grow up.  This is the exact reason that most of us really try to enjoy the simple little things in life; the sweet little kisses and hugs, the snuggles, and the "I love you" moments that we get from our children. In fact, last night I cuddled up with my kids while they slept, I snuggled with them, kissed them and told them I loved them all while they were sleeping.  I don't do that all the time, but sometimes, when the house is sleeping, I have a moment of gratitude and thankfulness for the little people in my...

Sometimes things happen in life which make you stop, look around, and realize that life is really just a magical journey oftentimes filled with sweet memories of good times with family and friends. Life is not perfect, it’s not even easy, but it is sweet and if you think really hard…you’ll come up with many examples that make it so. I had a moment recently that reminded me that life is short, and as much as I realize that life is magical, there is always this subtle reminder of its transience. Years pass in the blink of an eye and before you know it you’re reminiscing about something that happened 10 years ago…though it may seem like only a few months ago. Everyone has a sweet memory of a celebration they were a part of, it could be from last week, last month, or last year. Celebrations are some of...

In life some things happen suddenly and without warning.  Life can change in a matter of seconds; it's important to never take things for granted.  In life's challenging moments, we all have the ability to help; to lend and hand and go out of our way to show compassion for others without the expectation of getting something in return.  So many things happen in our lives that are outside of our control; what we do control is what we do and how we act. The unexpected events and situations that arise in our own lives, sometimes offer us no choice but to keep moving along, getting up, getting dressed and preparing ourselves for the rest of the day.  But when something happens to someone else, we can choose to keep going about our day but we would be missing the opportunity to help. I recently came across a terrible accident involving a...

It's amazing that we live in a world that seems to be so much more tolerant of differences than before.  We support causes, lend our time, and sometimes money to bring awareness to a whole slew of causes and colored flags.  We've become seemingly accepting of religious and sexual orientation differences for the most part. But have we really? Over the last few months, there have been numerous, heartbreaking, horrific and senseless events that have been spilled-out through the international media of events that have taken place in the United States.  I can't tell you how disturbed, terrified and truly heartbroken I am when I think of those heartless acts. Although, there have been many cases of these heinous and unjustified acts, the one that hit me in the pit of my stomach and shook me to my core, was the shooting of innocent people in Charleston, South Carolina this past...

My baby boy is 6 months old now and I am overwhelmed with emotion.  I have flashbacks to the day of his birth, the warm fuzzy feelings I felt that day when I held my baby for the first time.  When his slimy body slithered on my bare chest before his cord, connecting us as one for the better part of year was not yet cut.  When I saw his sweet face and we finally made eye contact. What surprises me most is I don’t think at all about the painful “coupling” contractions that crippled me.  I can’t even really remember what they felt like.  16 hours of labour, no epidural, I wear that badge with pride. Birth is hard, even women that have to have c-sections, should be proud.  I find it amazing that I can vaguely remember the moments where I thought to myself, “I can’t do this” or...