A FOURTH TO REMEMBER

“A FOURTH TO REMEMBER” By Jennifer Rawlings   I LOVE the 4th of July. Just like Thanksgiving everyone is invited to the party regardless of religion. 1976 Bicentennial year- that was the grand poo- bah of all 4th of July’s . I was in elementary school. Busy learning fractions and state capitols. After school I Read More …

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS Like 20 million others I got up early to watch the Comey testimony on Thursday. I was glued to every single world. Two things stood out to me – as a mother of five and a wife. When I ask everyone else to leave the 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 …

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 …

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EMBARASSING MOMENT AS A MOTHER

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS            It’s a good thing that motherhood isn’t boiled down to one day but stretches over decades. I need a couple decades of full time parenting just   to get it “almost right”.           I make tons of mistakes as a mom and my kids are quick to point out every last Read More …

Hope in Haiti….while sleeping in a tent

By Jennifer Rawlings ( originally published in CHANGE.ORG)            My left arm still hurts from the typhoid shot I got yesterday at the immunization clinic on the Air Force base near LAX. I milked my sore arm most of the day asking my husband to carry the laundry and make coffee. I am dreading taking Read More …

I’M A GUILTY MOM….

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in hybridmom)            I am a guilty mother. I have to confess that sometimes I choose convenience over nutrition when it comes to feeding my kids. This happened a lot when they were young. The kids would badger me for chicken nuggets, french fries, and slushees from the 7/11 Read More …