Throwback: Seeing Beyond the Dot

The black dot analogy connects to many of my life experiences.  Specifically, the reality that parents and kids often remember experiences differently.  It seems that moms are often harder on ourselves than our kids are on us.  It makes me wonder, are kids somehow able to keep their focus on the whole page while parents struggle to see beyond the dot?

Cheers to Reflections & Hope

Happy New Year and cheers to our first Unexpected Ever Afters blog post of 2022! To close out the past year and start anew, we thought we’d do something a little different: a joint post sharing gratitude for 2021, excitement for 2022, and a toast to the New Year. We are excited to share our memories, stories, and hopes with you. We hope you join with your own toast to 2022!

Blogiversary Week 6: Breathe, Truth, and Hope

I originally wrote this piece only a few weeks into our spring school COVID-19 closure. And, it is safe to say that our stress levels continue to remain high. However, the suggestions in this post continue to be applicable. First, breathe, take the time to slow down, focus on your breath, and actively calm down your brain. Second, find the truth. As I wrote in this post, “I have found that focusing on truth and being aware of the impact of my thoughts on my feelings and actions makes a difference. Fear should not get to control this (or any) situation.” And last, “look for the helpers.”