“Making Sandwiches…a remembrance of September 11th”

“MAKING SANDWICHES” By Jennifer Rawlings Sherman Oaks , California September 2001 5:45 am- Drats- I hate getting up this early. Can I push the snooze button for another three hours? Maybe the kids don’t need to go to the second day of school…..maybe…..oh whatever…I’ll get up and make the kids lunches. The house is quiet. Read More …

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET By Jennifer Rawlings When my son Noah was little he loved to play bumper cars in his Little Tikes cozy coupe with the bright yellow roof and red doors. He would head down the driveway full blast into his brother Joshua who was busy tilling the cul-de-sac in his Little Tikes Read More …

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( plus three days)

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( PLUS THREE DAYS) BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I have given birth to four fabulous children, and I often joke about that the fact that the experience I had while  giving birth to them is permanently reflected in their personalities. Courtney was so big when she was born that she broke my tailbone. Read More …

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS     Soldiers in Iraq are packing up their rucksacks, turning in their Kevlar and helmets, cleaning their guns, and piling into C-130 aircrafts to fly home. On the long flight home many of the soldiers will pass the time on the flight talking about all the things Read More …

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD

THE HIGH AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Hybridmom.com) A few years ago, we started a dinnertime tradition at our house called “Highs and Lows”. I stole this ritual from my friends Alex and Jennifer who live in Northern California. “Highs and Lows” involves going around the table one at Read More …

HAITI DAY THREE…….THE ORPHANAGE

DAY THREE HAITI….THE ORPAHNGE BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS      ( originally published in Change.org) ( photos courtesy John Fugelsang) I woke up at 6:00 A.M to make my way to the porta-potty. The sun was already blazing hot. It was my third and final day on one of the most meaningful trips of my life. Read More …

MY TRIP TO HAITI……DAY TW0

By JENNIFER RAWLINGS MY TRIP TO HAITI……DAY TWO   ( originally published in Change.org) Captain Perry was very prompt and picked up John Fugelsang and I at exactly 8:15 am. We loading into the white vans and drove onto the crowded streets of Port-Au-Prince.  From the moment we pulled away from the base and onto Read More …

MY TRIP TO HAITI- DAY ONE MEETING THE SOLDIERS

MY TRIP TO HAITI- DAY ONE MEETING THE SOLDIERS BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in CHANGE.ORG) I went to Haiti a couple weeks ago to entertain the US troops that have been deployed there on a Humanitarian Mission. Normally I go to war zones to entertain the troops, so I didn’t know what to Read More …