March 2018

pouring hot tear or coffee

I don’t know if I was always bad at taking care of myself, however since I have become a mom and now that my kiddos are no longer taking naps, I am sooooo bad at it! I love to read those articles online – you know the ones – with the fresh-faced young woman on a mountain side or a cliff overlooking a beautiful ocean. Those images along just pull me in. And, then the topic seemingly always goes to...

siesta walkers

Florida: The place for temporarily transplanted Delawareans As a southern Californian born in Los Angeles, I never understood the interest in the winter migration to Florida, until I lived in Delaware. I am not saying that the winters are severe in Delaware compared to North Dakota, Massachusetts or Maine, but they can be quite cold (30 degrees in the daytime, and even colder at night. Several...

caregiver image

Last month my family made the decision to place my grandmother, who is 90 years old, in a nursing facility. It was such as tough decision for my father and my aunt to make. She had been receiving 24-hour care from home aids for more than a year. Her health continued to deteriorate, along with her mind. She had good days and bad days. More recently the “bad days” out-numbered the good. She was...

Amanda blog couple on beach

Love in Longsuffering I see you. I know you. I am you. I know that you are in agony, you’re overwhelmed. You feel out of control, yet you feel like you don’t have a right to own this pain. You don’t have cancer, right? No, but you do have to watch someone you love suffer. It’s not your story, but it is…it may be a little different; but your feelings, your pain, and your part in this are valid and...

Woman writing journal series 3

Make Journaling Your New Habit Happy International Women's Day and Welcome to Month Three of the Journey to Journaling series! I hope the first two months have yielded some positive effects from your journaling practice, however if you find yourself struggling this may help: You may have heard that if you dedicate yourself to making a change last for at least 30 days then it is more likely to...

blog photo just make your bed

I am one of those people who cannot leave in the morning without making my bed. I hate getting into an unmade bed. I don’t remember if I’ve always been like that or is that one of those quirky things I adopted as an adult. Whatever the explanation, I do know that it gives me joy and a sense of order. There is something calming and peaceful about coming home in the evening and seeing my bed made...