Save the Date

Save the Date
July 11, 2022
Third Annual Golf Outing
Woodcrest Country Club

Parental Pride

Last year, Kelsey watched her brother play a sport she had never tried. A kind friend gave her a lacrosse stick to start her off to see if she wanted to play. Occasionally this summer, Kelsey and her brother would have a catch. He showed her the basics though the sport is much different for girls and boys in most ways.

Tryouts came around this Spring for a very talented and skilled team. With little practice under her belt, she gave it her all. She left and entered the car feeling proud of herself for trying something new but felt that she “lacked the skills” needed to make the team. She was happy to play on any team and felt that she would really enjoy the sport after just the tryout.

To her delight, she learned that she was selected for the team and she was beaming with pride. Win or lose, making the team or not, we are so proud of our kids for trying new things and helping each other grow into the best versions of themselves possible.

Kelsey often doubts herself and her talents. When the email invitation came, it was a moment to shine.

May you shine brightly today. Our parental pride is shining tonight.

Crying to Sleep

As Kelsey begins her eleventh year, emotions and feelings are often a point of discussion. Regulation and coping strategies are important to learn and develop early, and Kelsey does a great job.

We speak often about feelings and try to reflect often together.

Last night, Kelsey did ask if it was normal to cry when she was comfortable in her bed to wet her eyes and ease into sleep. She thanked us for talking through her emotions and giving her new tools to use to handle her feelings. This came up because she continued to tell us that when she was younger, in horrible pain, and taking so much medication, it was easier for her to quietly cry in her bed than it was to talk about how she was feeling.

Though she does not do this anymore, it was certainly hard to hear that it was once a regular evening ritual. The more we listen, the more we learn.

We are grateful to have conversations with our children, but we know that sometimes the feelings below the surface can vary from the way they appear.

Be brave. Be strong. Be honest 🙂

Groundhog Day

January felt like a year within itself. Illness, celebration, isolation, and snow. The dark mornings made it hard to work through at times. Together, we worked through it all.

We continue to hope for a healthy and safe 2022.

February started yesterday with 2.2.22 upon us today and 2-22-22 to follow soon. Milltown Mel passed away hours before Groundhog Day in New Jersey, and we await the outcome of Groundhog Day without him.

If the pandemic has taught us anything as a family, it is resilience. We hope that February 2022 is a great one for you and yours!