Don’t Spare Self-Care

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Now more than ever, the need to take care of YOU exists! For almost a year, we’ve been navigating a sea of stress that’s separate from even our regular pressures and pains of daily life. We’ve been forced to...
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation...” -Audre Lorde Painting our nails. Fresh-Cup Fridays. Bubble Baths. Wine! As great as these acts of self-care are, the impact of them lasts only slightly longer than the actual act of...
It’s early on a Tuesday morning. My children are awake which means it’s time for me to clock in. But today, I’m trying something new. I set my children up at the table with a box of cereal, a peeled...
I'm not saying that moms are basically computers, but I'm also not NOT saying that. If you catch my drift. We organize, plan, calculate, and we do the same amount of work whether our battery is full or in the...
During the current climate of this global pandemic, many of us find ourselves anxious, scared, angry or sad. And that's okay. Here at TCMC we want to walk along beside you as we traverse these uncertain waters together. In...
My 4 year old son is my Sunshine Baby. For those of you who don’t know what a “sunshine baby” is, it’s a baby you have before experiencing the loss of a child. My pregnancy with him was absolutely...
  Since becoming a mother, I’ve shelved a lot of hobbies that used to consume vast stretches of my pre-kid time: dabbling in oil painting, hitting the tennis courts after work, playing in a community orchestra, to name a few....
One thing I'll never forget is the sound of my father-in-law's deep voice. There are very few people I let call me "Chels," and the way he said it is something I truly miss hearing. It's been almost six years since...

When Life Gets Dark

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I'm not going to sugar coat it. This year, it was a dark summer. Sure, the days themselves were bright... full of sunshine and plenty of opportunities to count our blessings, soak in the little moments and sit in...

Love Thyself

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The other night after our bedtime thanksgiving my oldest son asked, “Mom, do you love me?” My response was exactly as he expected and had heard a million times before, “of course!” He went on to ask if I...
Moms teach us all sorts of things... I’m not the first person to share that I remember my mom teaching me some of life’s most basic lessons and skills... I remember in pre-school when she taught me to tie my...
Deep inside the heart of every mother lies a powerful and courageous instinct to protect their young, no matter the cost, even if it means their life. It’s in our nature to shield them from all harm and to...
My sons will ask a wide variety of questions in a day. Some make me laugh, others make me cringe. My two-year-old packs as many questions in a minute as he can. The questions my five-year-old raises usually require...
If you had turned 5, I would have greeted you with a pile of pancakes, with sprinkles and chocolate chips. We would have lit a candle and sung happy birthday. Your face would have lit up in joy over...

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The 7 Stages of Driving to the Cabin

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I had packed in record time while my two three-year-old boys—Cooper & Quincy—and my four-year-old daughter—Miloh—buzzed around me with excitement. Long ago, I had...
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