Lose It

Looking glam over my children’s chalk drawings and swimming pool.

I know a lot of my lady friends can relate to this … I was 26 years old when I first noticed the symptoms. I was told it was a hormone issue & the recommendation was for me to lose some weight. Fresh off my deployment to the Middle East, I weighed about 120 lbs at the time.

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Shape Shifting

So, take a deep breath … our family is changing shape again.

Martin and I are currently separated.

We’ve been living apart for awhile, we’ve been open about it with our tighter circle of friends and family, but we wanted to give the kids some time to adjust, and for the dust to settle, before we made this change widely known.

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I Bring Them to Tears

In tears with our friend Janah

Question 1066: Have you ever made someone cry?

I am a mother. I make people cry frequently, if not daily. It comes with the job. It’s the nature of the business.

Do I make people cry to be manipulative with their emotions? Yes. After all, I’m a writer, too.

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This is a part of my Writing Prompt series. Learn more HERE.

Smile

Question 1052: What is the first thing people usually notice about you?

I can’t speak for other people, so I posted this question on social media. I’m glad I did.

Had I answered this question without the feedback of others, I would have surmised that the first thing people notice about me is my height. Or lack of it. Or perhaps the heels I wear to compensate for my short stature.

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Answers and Direction

We saw a neurologist and speech pathologist today. After a review of all his records, my milestone timeline built off all our videos, and careful evaluations of our boy, the experts believe it was the unfortunate timing of his illness and temporary deafness, and our unique family circumstances, and perhaps some rapid development in other parts of his brain, that caused his language and speech delays.

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Ripped

Showing off some skin and side boob in Delaware in 2014.

Question #1076: Have you ever had anything waxed, if so, what?

Yes.

I had a rose dipped in wax at a Renaissance festival in Ohio my senior year in high school. I remember it started flaking on the bus ride home. I’ve also had paraffin wax poured over my hands and feet as part of various spa treatments over the years.

And I’ve been known to nonchalantly play with melted candle wax — usually while waiting for my food or drinking wine — sloshing it around the burning candle wick, dipping or shaping the wax with my fingers, scraping it off the sides of the container.

But that’s not what this question is really about, is it?

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Head Space

Question #850: What do you do when you want to get out of your own head?

My head space is so cluttered. And I am the first to admit, most of the things that take up space in my head probably aren’t necessary. If expert organizer Marie Kondo could take a peek inside of it, she would probably gracefully shake her head, and politely ask, “What of this sparks joy for you?”

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