Don’t Let Go

Most of 2020, Aiden stayed in his underwear in the house. He would be very quick to get completely and appropriately dressed at the hint of going outside. But as soon as he comes home and barely a few steps from the door, he starts leaving a trail of clothes. Shoes, socks, shirts, shorts/pants. Thank... Continue Reading →

Don’t Minimize Me

Don’t minimize me.Don’t minimize my grief.Don’t minimize my loss.Do not underestimate my pain.Do not belittle my cause.Don’t minimize me.You don’t go through what I do.You don’t cry my tears or live my fears.Unless these feet becomes yours to walk,Don’t minimize my efforts.I do not doubt your pain.I cannot imagine your burden.But my goodness, you have... Continue Reading →

Simple Birthdays

What is your best birthday memory growing up? What do you remember most on your birthdays? Mine would have to be my birthday cakes. When I was growing up, there were times when we hardly had anything and then there were times when we had almost everything. Across all those varying times and family financial... Continue Reading →

Love Language

I didn't grow up with my parents beside me all the time. My Mom and (step)Dad lived in Japan. My Papa (bio dad) lived in the North end of the province and we didn't maintain regular communication until I became a teenager. My mom called regularly and asked how things were, how school was, etc.... Continue Reading →

At What Cost?

In business, people always talk about the "cost of doing business". The value associated to the cost of doing business is mostly regarded as necessary. You cannot run a business, expect profit, and not incur cost. You just can't. Recent circumstances got me thinking that life is much like a business. We incur costs on... Continue Reading →

DIY Stress Balls

Hubby plays PS4 quite a bit and then around this time of the year, my carpal tunnel also tends to hurt more so he bought stress balls. Well, as soon as the kids saw them, they immediately decided, it was theirs! 🤦‍♀️ They were squishy and colorful so of course, they loved it. Over the... Continue Reading →

Flashback

One of the recurring reminder that Oliver gets from us is not to watch so close to the TV. We have tried many different approaches - rewards and threats - and nothing sticks. He would often explain that he's just really forgetful. And so we go into this serious conversation of how it is his... Continue Reading →

Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Yesterday, as I walked into the living room after work, Oliver greeted me with a question. I did something I typically don't like others doing to me. I answered his question with a question. Oliver: "Mommy, can I have permission to watch FGTeeV?"Me: "Are you done with school?"Oliver: "Yes, I am!"Me: "Ok, so tell me... Continue Reading →

Sibling Bond

I have one sibling, a sister. We are 15 years apart. Because of the age gap, I have referred to her as my eldest child. We have always lived in different countries and in so many ways are very different. I want to say we are close because there's love between us. But we aren't... Continue Reading →

Middle Ground

Do you find yourself hovering over your child? Have you ever thought of yourself or been called a "helicopter parent"? Between Hubby and I, it's actually Hubby who was more of the helicopter and overly safety-conscious parent. That's not to say that I didn't care whether my children got hurt or not. It just means,... Continue Reading →

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