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Finding Joy in "Whoville" after Loss

In the holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” a curmudgeon green Grinch learns that Christmas really resides in the heart. But what if said heart is broken?

Navigating the holidays after the loss of a loved one is stepping carefully through a minefield of emotions. Navigating the holidays after the loss of a loved one while parenting young children—well, that’s nearly indescribable.

It’s a delicate balance of sobbing in showers after lovingly baking cookies. It’s…


Added by Gabriella Heizler on December 30, 2016 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Turning Mother’s Day Into Me Day

One need only walk into a local drug store this week to see the proliferation of Mother’s Day cards and assorted accoutrements (Chocolate! Roses! Chocolate Roses!).

Mother’s Day has always been a group experience shared by myself, my mom, assorted aunts and other family members. In fact, since becoming a mom nearly five years ago, I can’t recall one Mother’s Day actually being about…


Added by Gabriella Heizler on May 5, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

I Redshirted My Son and I’m Okay With It (Now)

I’ve always been a planner. In my well organized and categorized mind, it only made sense that my son upon completion of pre-kindergarten this year would naturally transition into kindergarten in September. After all, he was a super smart four-year-old who could rattle off dinosaur names and facts like his ABCs, and who was reading multiple books every day.

So when my husband and I attended our annual parent/teacher meeting I…


Added by Gabriella Heizler on April 29, 2015 at 9:15am — 4 Comments


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