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Family Issues

The Misalignment of Love

by Carolyn on October 6, 2010

  This past weekend, I had a poetic family moment. You know, one of those greeting card moments where you visualize a leather bound book opening to a picture of the exact scene you’re sitting in. It was Saturday morning and my husband and I were lounging in bed while our son, who as usual […]



What I Cannot Change…..

by Carolyn on September 29, 2010

The serenity prayer reads: God, grant us the… Serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.       ~Reinhold Niebuhr Such simple words that have transcended time and space because they describe at their very core what we all crave. Serenity, courage and wisdom. My […]



Happy Mother’s Day 2010!

by Carolyn on May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day!  Here’s to all the mom’s.  Moms who are here and moms who smile from above.  Biological moms and stepmoms.  Foster moms and adopted moms.  Moms with angels in heaven and moms at heart, trying to conceive. To all the women who give of themselves in the name of a child, we honor you today. […]



Have you ever been on an extended vacation to a faraway place?  It’s so exciting.  You anticipate it for weeks.  You think about it all the time in the days leading up to the trip.  And then when you get there, you feel in awestruck by everything!  Everything that’s new.  Everything that’s different.  You enjoy […]



A Reconciliation

by Carolyn on February 15, 2010

It feels eerily the same as when I was ten. Waiting for a phone call that’s not coming.  Wondering what I did wrong.  Thinking that maybe the last time we talked I wasn’t nice enough, didn’t seem interested enough in his life, or that maybe somehow I upset him.  That internal dialogue is whispering through […]



The Dawn of a Decade

by Carolyn on January 11, 2010

I find myself dreading and avoiding that age old, over asked question this January. “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” I usually have one. In years past, I’ve answered with one of the typical and over used options like working out, losing weight, eating right and being organized. But this year I can’t even keep up […]



The ties that bind

by Carolyn on October 18, 2009

I always wanted a full blooded sibling. For a couple of reasons. First, I always wished for someone to share the burden of being the last remaining relic of my parent’s marriage.  It’s hard feeling like an anchor around your parent’s ankles; tethering them to one another when they so very much wanted to be […]



The Stepfamily Letter Project

by Carolyn on October 12, 2009

Have you ever wished you could write an utterly honest letter to your father?  Stepmother?  Stepsibling?  Daughter?  Your ex husband’s wife?  Your husband?  Well, now you can do just that and post it anonymously on what I think is one of the best websites for divorced and blended families. While doing an interview a while back […]