1. Christina

    Beautiful friend. And so very true- those long nights when everyone has climbed into our bed at some point I just think, one night, not too long from now they will be on their own. I won’t know what they are doing every moment, if they are home safely, if they are asleep- and I cherish their little feet kicking me in my own bed, as my head rests on the last sliver of pillow;)

    • Cece

      Such truth! I know our worries will just shift as they get older, and I just hope we have the mental reserve to tackle it after the sleep deprivation 🙂

  2. Molly McSweeney


    After recently watching an old family video of me, my siblings, and my mom, from when we were not much older than your girls are now, Annie said to my mom, “Mom, you seemed so calm!” I’m sure Mom didn’t feel that way then 😉 And although teenage years are “special” for other reasons, so I hear, I know she misses all of those good old days that weren’t so peaceful then.

    Life is short and precious, and it sure does fly by, even if it doesn’t seem that way some days. So glad that you’ve found such a fulfilling way to embrace your “beautiful mess”! I am a firm believer that we all have our own beautiful messes in one way or another, but that just makes it all the more beautiful to witness the compassion and love that we strive to instill in others (as we save some for ourselves, too!).

    Congrats, my dear, and I look forward to reading more.


  3. Kim

    Beautiful writing from a beautiful lady. You are going to be such a blessing to so many people! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. Love you!

  4. Shirley Jean

    So well articulated. It brings back memories of my younger days. Life with our children is a journey with lots of twists and turns and before you know it the journey involves grandchildren, each chapter building on the last.

  5. Bebe

    “Four Girls, Eight Names, Sixteen Times”

    When I was starting a family many years ago, my boss at the time shared an interesting perspective. He was about 15 years my senior, and similarly had majored in that Finance/Accounting/Mathematics realm where numbers reign. He and his wife had three children.

    “You know,” he said, “As the number of children in a household increases, parents anticipate that the activities will increase at a similar rate. This is not true. As the number of children increases arithmetically, the associated activities increase geometrically. Therefore, one is one; two are four; three are nine; four are sixteen.”

    Boundless love, skill, and patience are required for Sixteen Times…..Truly Amazing to me!

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