“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 GENERAL, THE PRIVATE, AND THE FAST-FOOD

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Change.org) THE GENERAL, THE PRIVATES AND THE FAST FOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I love American soldiers. I hate war, but I love the men and woman in uniform. American soldiers come from all walks of life and many of them dedicate their lives to the service of others. 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 …

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 …

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 …