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Bad Advice From My Brother

    Brotherly Love

    • Eight


      Oh how things have begun to change for you, my now 8 year old boy.  This past year has been a journey of separation.  Scary at times, I’m certain.  You have become your own person.  No longer choosing to follow … Continue reading →
      - 1 Apr 14, 10:23pm -
    • Smiles
      Sun shining so warm and bright that I can finally turn down the heat in my house and car. Green grass and baby trees revealed in the wake of the melted snow. Hugs and snuggles from my boys. A phone … Continue reading →
      - 27 Mar 14, 11:46pm -
    • 1 in 88

      1 in 88

      Statistics.  Numbers.  Nicely, neatly fit in a box.  1 in 88.  The number of children who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I see this number plastered on billboards and posted on my Facebook news feed.  It screams at … Continu…
      - 26 Mar 14, 11:12pm -
    • The Summer of Constant
      Notice this is titled constant, NOT consistency! This summer has been anything but consistent to date and that looks to remain the same until school starts. We began our summer with our annual week at the cabin with my brother-in-law … Continue rea…
      - 14 Jul 13, 9:28pm -
    • Hiding…


      I’ve been away for far too long.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sure why. Life fell apart.  It does that sometimes. Instead of venturing out for help, I closed the door.  All doors. I forgot that I … Continue reading →
      - 10 Jul 13, 9:56pm -
    • Seven


      My dearest Keegan, Today you turned 7.  It seems like only yesterday that you were being placed on my belly and I was straining to see if you were the little girl everyone thought were going to be.  You had your … Continue reading →
      - 1 Apr 13, 11:00pm -
    • Project 365

      Project 365

      I had lots of fun with photos this week.  The world gave me so much to work with! The tree outside of Eli’s worry doctor’s building.  We noticed last Tuesday that it had buds on it.  It was such a … Continue reading →
      - 25 Mar 13, 11:04pm -
    • Par-tay


      I’m crazy.  I know it.  It’s never been a secret. Saturday I welcomed 8 boys into my home to party with my 2 boys to celebrate Keegan’s almost 7-year-old birthday.  And party we did!!! It started with the cake.  Keegan … Continue reading…
      - 24 Mar 13, 10:58pm -
    • A Heartfelt Story
      I had a completely different post all set for today but this story needed to be told instead. A little over 3 years ago I met an amazing mom and her remarkable daughter.  My very first meeting with them was … Continue reading →
      - 20 Mar 13, 11:05pm -
    • TV Time
      A little over a week ago I got our Direct TV bill in my email inbox.  I negotiated with them about 6 months ago for about the fourth time to get our bill lowered.  Last week it went back up … Continue reading →
      - 19 Mar 13, 10:50pm -

    Monkey Soup

    • Suck Em Ups

      Suck Em Ups

      Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I have not really ever made a big deal over ages or birthdays, but for some reason yesterday I was an emotional mess. I cried over everything. Woke up and watched When a Man Loves a Woman with Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia.…
      - 1 Jun 14, 10:07am -
    • Bloggling Twenty-Three, MIA Version

      Bloggling Twenty-Three, MIA Version

      I have been MIA, for this I am sorry.  I don’t know that I have any really good reason for being missing, but I just haven’t come here.  Or to any of your blogs either, which I am even more sorry. It started out simply enough, in that I was try…
      - 29 Mar 14, 2:48pm -
    • Metro


      The day that our social worker called us and told us that Mea would be coming home to us, I dropped by Mack’s old sitter Lois’ house to see if she would take Mea in her daycare once she was home.  At that time, Lois had quit taking babies.  Two…
      - 17 Dec 13, 5:20pm -
    • Done.


      I am turning into not a very nice person.  The last year, has had an unfortunate effect of making me a bitter, crabby, bitchy person.  This is probably not really all that true, but I just don’t know how much more I can take. Mea has said to me,…
      - 16 Dec 13, 4:53pm -
    • Break In

      Break In

      On Friday morning, Mea and I packed ourselves up, and left for work/school like we do every other work/school day.  Locked the doors, scampered out to the car, running around like usual. Friday night was the Father-Daughter dance at school.  Mea wa…
      - 18 Nov 13, 7:24pm -
    • Untitled

      A few weekends ago, my husband and I went away for the weekend.  It was the first time we have left Mea.  It is also the first time that we had gone anywhere just the two of us, since our honeymoon. We really needed that trip.  It was good for us.…
      - 15 Nov 13, 6:23pm -
    • Bad Movie

      Bad Movie

      I feel like I am a character in a bad Lifetime movie. It seems that each time things are starting to move in the right direction in one part of my life, or the lives of my loved ones, something else falls apart in another area of my life or another l…
      - 14 Nov 13, 6:06pm -
    • Fat Guy, Fatter Suit

      Fat Guy, Fatter Suit

      I have worked with many different people over the years. There are some, that for better or for worse stick with you. “Jeff” is one that will always annoy the hell out of me, even eight years later when I should be over it.  He was supposed to b…
      - 12 Nov 13, 4:59pm -
    • Rattling Around

      Rattling Around

      Believe it or not, I have come to this place many times in the last several weeks.  I just couldn’t make any words come out when I would sit down.    I have a little green notebook in my purse where I have been jotting down ideas of things to bl…
      - 11 Nov 13, 2:49pm -
    • The Bag Lady

      The Bag Lady

      I first noticed her a little over ten years ago.  She would come into my office, dragging two large heavy plastic reusable grocery bags, from a discount grocery store.  They were packed to the limit.  Where I worked, it was common for us to serve…
      - 16 Oct 13, 4:04pm -

    Siblings So Sweet

    • Tate is 14!!!

      Tate is 14!!!

      And just like that, Tate is 14!  He got to pick where he wanted to go for his birthday dinner and Fogo de Chao it was.  He might have eaten like he should grow 2 inches tonight and even had room to polish off dessert!  
      - 12 Nov 17, 8:31pm -
    • Juniors Celebrate Senior Swimmers

      Juniors Celebrate Senior Swimmers

      My heart could explode from all the love and support that these girls and families show each other.  Next year Harper will be a senior and we will be celebrating her! 
      - 14 Oct 17, 11:15am -
    • Sunny Soccer

      Sunny Soccer

      Soccer is wonderful when the day is 75 degrees and sunny!  Boys both had a great game and Fisher had 4 goals and Tate had many great saves.  
      - 8 Oct 17, 3:50pm -
    • Soccer Sunday

      Soccer Sunday

      The boys are now asking for a training piece of equipment that will help with the height of their jumps.
      - 17 Sep 17, 5:12pm -
    • EB Homecoming Sophomore Year

      EB Homecoming Sophomore Year

      EB is off to Sophomore Homecoming and she only posed for pictures with Casey but left him home.  She did a wonderful job with her hair and make up and thanks to Grandma for taking her to find the perfect dress and shoes for a fun night.  
      - 16 Sep 17, 9:13pm -
    • Soccer is back!!!

      Soccer is back!!!

      Labor Day weekend means soccer for the boys!
      - 3 Sep 17, 8:24pm -
    • St. Louis Soccer with Adam

      St. Louis Soccer with Adam

      Summer would not be complete without seeing our favorite soccer player, Adam Grinwis, play.  This year we headed to St. Louis for the night to see him.  We had a great time and great seats, thanks to Adam.  Peter even got asked to join in on singi…
      - 20 Aug 17, 11:06am -
    • G and G and Tate

      G and G and Tate

      We were at G and G house and I had my camera and Tate was quick to pose.  xoxo
      - 23 Jul 17, 6:48pm -
    • Whihala Beach Water Park

      Whihala Beach Water Park

      Sometimes you have to turn over the camera to the kids and let them be themselves.  I did edit out a few videos as apparently they are "freer" when we are not around.  LOVE THESE.And the beach was not complete without the Whiting White Castle and a…
      - 9 Jul 17, 9:51pm -
    • Happy Easter and Happy Birthday EB!

      Happy Easter and Happy Birthday EB!

      What a beautiful day celebrating Easter and EB's 15th birthday.  We did it right with a brunch at Shaw's and so thankful for time together.  
      - 16 Apr 17, 7:48pm -

    Booga Wooga & Little Sister Sophia

    • Thank You For Your Service!

      Thank You For Your Service!

      - 2 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 8:43pm -
    • 2019 School Photos

      2019 School Photos

      The Booga WoogaStay tuned for my little sisters' photos!
      - 2 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 8:11pm -
    • Girls Day Out

      Girls Day Out

      Little Sisters Sophia & Alexis having breakfast withMom @ Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Drexel Hill, PA!
      - 4 days ago, 9 Nov 19, 10:35pm -
    • Time Flies: Looking to the Future

      Time Flies: Looking to the Future

      TBW patiently waiting at the School District of Philadelphia forhis high school interview to begin for the 2020-2021 school year!
      - 11 days ago, 3 Nov 19, 7:50pm -
    • Proud Mom

      Proud Mom

      TBW's drawing skills keep getting better and better!I am truly amazed at how far he has come! What do you think?
      - 17 days ago, 28 Oct 19, 8:24pm -
    • Bubbles Shenanigans

      Bubbles Shenanigans

      Bubbles in a box!Bubbles sleeping on a chair!Bubbles on a lazy rainy day!
      - 24 days ago, 21 Oct 19, 8:53pm -
    • Blue Belt Test w/ Sensei Colin

      Blue Belt Test w/ Sensei Colin

      - 32 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 10:56am -
    • QT w/ Grammy & Pop-Pop 27

      QT w/ Grammy & Pop-Pop 27

      Our grandparents took us to this place many times and they told us it will be closing forever on October 15th. What we will miss the most is the ice cream and water ice from the trolley in the summertime. Click on the collage for a larger view of al…
      - 32 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 12:59am -
    • 1st Karate Class @ New Studio

      1st Karate Class @ New Studio

      - 38 days ago, 6 Oct 19, 10:36pm -
    • AmeriKick is Moving!

      AmeriKick is Moving!

      "A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER QUITS"This is the last day AmeriKick will have classes in this studio. The Andorra Shopping Center is in the process of renovations and several businesses are relocating to other available spaces within the co…
      - 52 days ago, 22 Sep 19, 11:59pm -

    Big Brothers Big Sisters News

    • BBBSA Receives an OJJDP Youth Mentoring grant of $10.75M

      BBBSA Receives an OJJDP Youth Mentoring grant of $10.75M

      More Littles will have a chance to have a Big of their own, thanks to…The post BBBSA Receives an OJJDP Youth Mentoring grant of $10.75M appeared first on Big Brothers Big Sisters of America - Youth Mentoring.
      - 23 days ago, 22 Oct 19, 10:36am -
    • BBBS and Topgolf “break tees” with new events – more cities announced
      A new national initiative pairing Big Brothers Big Sisters with Topgolf just kicked off in Kansas City, resulting in new Big recruitment, as well as $100K in funds raised for the local chapter.The post BBBS and Topgolf “break tees” with new even…
      - 69 days ago, 6 Sep 19, 9:27am -
    • The 2019 Federated Challenge® raises more than $3 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters
      Fifty-nine prominent businesses and more than 500 private citizens gathered at The Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday, July 28, 2019, for the fifteenth annual Federated Challenge supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Awe-inspirin…
      - 86 days ago, 20 Aug 19, 11:58am -
    • Video: “Defender of Potential Award: Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod”
      In June at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference (BBBSA), Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McCleod were recognized as the inaugural Defender of Potential Award Recipients by BBBSA This award honors individuals who…
      - 86 days ago, 20 Aug 19, 11:01am -
    • Video: “Choice of a Lifetime”
      Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recently teamed up with Emmy Award winning producers at Diamond View Studios on a social experiment that surprised four youth with a “Choice of Lifetime”. Big Brothers Big Sisters inherently believes that all…
      - 86 days ago, 20 Aug 19, 9:49am -
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