June 2011

The Timelesness of Tea Parties

My best friend’s little girl had her birthday party this weekend. It was a princess-themed occasion, complete with a Rapunzel character (more on her later) and a tea party, with sparkling pink lemonade (because who actually drinks tea at these things?) served in tiny pink cups. Now, being a mother of two boys, one of [...]

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Shut.Up.

He is wiggling in his seat and not the good kind of wiggle   It’s the kind that let’s me know all hell is about to break loose   “It’s okay baby,” I purr as we pull out of the driveway but his wiggles turn to whines and I turn to the deep breathing I [...]

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From One Special Needs Mom to Another

You don’t know me But I saw your son at school today. He was wearing a red shirt, and I waved as his sweet face gazed up at me from behind the fence. (I remember when my Andrew was that little.)   You must love him so much.   Anyway, I noticed he was alone [...]

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Holly Robinson Peete Among Honorees at Prevention Magazine’s 2nd Annual Hollywood Heroes Awards Ceremony

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to attend Prevention Magazine’s 2nd Annual Hollywood Heroes event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood. The event, which was sponsored by Asics, was dedicated to four fabulous women in the entertainment industry who have contributed their talents and personal passions to worthy causes. This year’s honorees included [...]

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Happy Father’s Day?

I woke up this morning,  made breakfast, washed the dishes, bathed the kids, did a few loads of laundry, and took a shower. My husband woke up this morning, put on his robe, and went to the bathroom. I made some homemade macaroni and cheese, pre-cooked the corn on the cob, packed up the food, [...]

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Motherhood Means Sacrifice

Sometimes,  being a mom means you have to endure the kind of pain that only unconditional love can make bearable   Sometimes, being a mom means you make the ultimate sacrifice and put your children’s needs before your own.   Sometimes, being a mom means you smile and endure when what you really want to [...]

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Weekly Wrap Up

I know you’re busy. I know you’ve got mouths to feed, and jobs to keep. And quite frankly, I don’t care. Your familyl and professional obligations, or what I like to refer to as “extracurricular activities,” are interfering with your ability to stay up to date on all things Jo Ashline. Not cool. But I’m [...]

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5

I am sitting on the couch, curled up next to my husband Can you believe how fast it’s gone by? I ask him. He smiles, nods his head. Do you remember, when we sat here, exactly 5 years ago today? I ask him. His gaze focuses on something across the room. Sadness flickers in his [...]

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My Neighbor Has Cancer

My neighbor has cancer And while I am being awakened to a brand new day by a son that is too loud too dependent too much sometimes she is being awakened by the pain that wracks her body the fears that course through her veins the thought that mornings like these may be numbered and [...]

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The Day I Saw A Boy Almost Drown

I have tried, for several summers now, to teach Andrew how to swim. We have signed up for adaptive lessons. We have attempted to teach him the basics on our own. We’ve prompted him to paddle, coaxed him to kick, yet, despite his love of the water, his body and brain refused to cooperate and [...]

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