The Lowest Point of my Divorce 2

The Lowest Point of my Divorce

My daughter was about three months old, I’d left my ex when I was six months pregnant, nine months prior.  He was at the hospital when she was born and I’d done my best to keep him involved with her, although I was breastfeeding at the time, so it was difficult.  But even with the Read More

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Business Attire for the Working Mom 1

Business Attire for the Working Mom

The one thing about being a working mother is—no matter how hard you try to leave the house without some bit of something on your clothing, you can’t. It must be some weird physics thing—there’s like a vortex or something from the moment you put on new clean clothes. Oh, you can think you’ve left Read More

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I Am NOT a Survivor 2

I Am NOT a Survivor

I am not a survivor. Not in the sense that I’m not still among the living.  I just hate that word. Survivor.   Sounds like I was up against something completely insurmountable that most people never make it through. That I’ve been victimized. I am not a victim. The word “survivor” also comes with an implication Read More

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My To-Do List

My To-Do List

The prompt for this week on haikuhorizons is “remember”. As a mom, I’m always finding that there are long lists of things I need to remember to do. I’d like to think I can recall them all, but sometimes I need a little help. Things to remember Milk, butter, eggs – pick up kids. To-do Read More

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What Happens When A Writer's Son Can't Read?

What Happens When A Writer’s Son Can’t Read?

As they pulled my son from the fresh slice in my abdomen, he had a bluish tinge.  He was not crying.  Up to that point, I hadn’t spoken his name aloud: it was a secret that only he and I knew. “Why isn’t Puck crying?” I croaked, touching the nurse’s hand to get her attention Read More

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How to Raise a Confident Daughter 1

How to Raise a Confident Daughter

Not so long ago, during the summer when Flower was two, she wanted to wear her bathing suit every day. Not just to go outside in the sprinkler or the little paddle pool in the back. Every day. All day. She would happily wear the suit even if it was covered in her lunch – Read More

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The Shopping Trip

The Shopping Trip

I pull the car into the spot, and adjust the mirror so I can see him in the back seat. Ugghhh…I’m so tired. I glance at the clock and turn around in the seat. ”OK baby – we’ve got to go into the store. What’s the rule?” “No asking!” “That’s right.” I get out and Read More

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Priorities - A Sunday Haiku

Priorities – A Sunday Haiku

Balance is easy Children go first to third Dad fourth and Mom last. Image credit: holohololand / freedigitalphotos.net Follow Live by Surprise on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin Live by SurpriseWant Live By Surprise in your inbox?  Click here to join our mailing list or follow Live by Surprise on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin for the latest updates! http://livebysurprise.com

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The Diaper Continuum - From Clean to Why Did I Reproduce? 3

The Diaper Continuum – From Clean to Why Did I Reproduce?

If you’ve been a parent for any length of time, you’ll realize that the types of diapers you come across are colorful and varied – and generally fall across a continuum of types: 1.  Clean Baby might have just farted.  Nothing to see here. 2.  Just wet This one is a small pee.  Not too smelly, Read More

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