Dear Jack,

I clearly remember the morning I went into labor with Amelia. I got up, took a shower shaved my legs, and changed my voice mail telling the world that I was going to be a mom. Dad and I were in the garage and just before we got in the car to go to the hospital, I turned to him and said, “Chip, this is the last time we will be alone as a couple for a long time.” A…

It’s corn season: Corn Salsa and Mexican Street Corn  

Years ago, I worked for a wonderful company, based Springfield, IL. I remember the first time I flew into the home office and all I saw were corn fields. Spectacular color from above and tall and majestic from the road. (...and yes guys, I remembered never to cut through a corn field. I did not want to suffocate!) Living in Upstate New York, we have our share of corn too, albeit smaller in field size, but still fresh corn. What…

Countdown to Bama- 14 days

As mothers, we view and live life in phases. Hindsight is indeed 20/20 but foresight does not exactly exist. You must be in the moment and live it so here is where I have been and where I am going: Conception- when you and your significant other decide it is time to have a family. Control, fear, and anxiety are front and center. When you go through fertility treatment, it is all consuming. You work through all the shots, pills,…

On the eve of Amelia’s 21st birthday

I used an app to countdown to Amelia’s birthday this year. In less than 24 hours my daughter will be 21 years old. Truly legal and grown up in the eyes of the laws of the state of New York....but not in mine. She will forever be a kid, toting a binky, hair in pigtails and being Amelia. This birthday is significant in that it is the gateway to adult life…and adult life is moving ahead at 100 mph. Today…

It’s always a good time for homemade cookies!        

I am aware that it is 83 degrees with 85% humidity today in upstate New York. The skies are stormy, and my hair has absorbed about 3 pounds of water. So, what would any sane person do? Turn that oven on to 325 degrees and let’s make some oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies! Jack is home and Amelia is on the way here for the weekend so I’m ready to bake. Now remember, I am NOT a baker but my…