What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Life Can Come At You Hard, So Remember The Good

Dearest Sweet E, This life is full of wonder and awe – it contains the best of what we experience – but this life can also come at you hard, stealing joy and hope, if you let it. Don’t let it, baby. So many in this world think they’re the only one with a suffering […]

More Peekaboo Pals Board Books: Sweet E Approved!

Remember the Peekaboo Pals A to Z book that Sweet E was/is crazy about? Turns out there are two more in the series. SQUEEE! If you’ve jumped ahead and are thinking Sweet E now has them in his collection, you’d be right. As soon as I realized he had the one, but not the others, […]

A Candy-Free Lego Advent Calendar That Kids Love!

Our Advent calendar was a big tradition when Boy was younger (sweets, Hot Wheels, Legos and coins found their way into the pockets of the calendar) and I love the idea of passing along the fun to Sweet E. ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the […]

Peekaboo Pals A to Z Board book: Sweet E Approved!

I’m definitely the “book” grandmama: it’s in my reader/writer DNA! Everywhere I go, I’m on the lookout for a new book for Sweet E and when I find one he loves, I can’t wait to come here and share with you! ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping […]

What Do We Tell Our Children? The Truth of Love.

Three years ago there was a bombing on U.S soil at the Boston Marathon. It was senseless (aren’t they all?), outrageous and scary as hell. Suddenly bombings were happening to us, to the collective us, and our children saw and heard about it, which meant we had to talk about what they saw and heard. […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Step Up When Someone Falls, Even If They Don’t or Won’t

Dear Sweet E, so many of my words to you deal with the hard edges of life: overcoming rejection, accepting that we are all needy and broken, understanding that you are not your failures, losses or tragedies. These words will be no different. It’s not that I want us to sit with what makes us […]

Food For The Soul

Mondays I traditionally post a new recipe, but today it’s a recipe for joy; today I offer food for the soul. In the midst of chemo treatments, on a day I was paying and organizing medical bills (yikes!), a note from my dearly departed grandmother literally fell into my lap. It was the calming balm […]

What I’ve Learned: Two Years Later

Those of you who joined this site in the beginning days will recall that I had my worries about being a Grandmama, Nana, Nonnie, Mimi…Choochie!  Just over two years have passed since those pre-Sweet E butterflies and, baby, I’m all in. You can read about all that I’ve learned HERE, HERE and HERE. I’ve taken […]

Ask OMT! #3: Do Grandparents Get Jealous of the Other Grandparents?

Do Grandparents Get Jealous of the Other Grandparents? Well, that’s some question, isn’t it.  To tell you the truth, it makes me a little uncomfortable, simply because the short answer is yes.  YES!  YES, WE DO! Let’s delve deeper, shall we? The question, from a loving grandmama, who is happy to share, yet found herself […]

Ask OMT! #2 Should Grandparents Speak Up?

You liked it, you really liked it…the inaugural ASK OMT!, that is! Onward to the second in the series. Here’s what I promise: * I’ll answer as honestly as I can. * I won’t sugarcoat or bs my way through the answers. * I’ll offer this caveat: Once some things are seen, they can’t be […]