Author: Jessica Hendrickson

…and just like that, it was over.

…and it begins.     In the first post I ever wrote, I told you how a stranger warned me not to blink or it would be over.  At the time, I was struggling through the “Terrible Threes” with my Jacky.  I told you that I wasn’t going to wish the time away because I knew it he wouldn’t stay little for long.  I promised myself I wouldn’t blink.   But I did.   I blinked.   And it’s over.   My baby boy, the one who first gave me the title of “Mommy,” started Kindergarten today.  He is officially in...

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Is This a Dream?

My boys and I have been going through some pretty major changes recently with their dad moving out of the house.  I’ve been trying my best to keep things as “normal” as possible for them, whatever that means.  I’m starting to question what “normal” is for me so I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for their little brains to comprehend.  My two-year old doesn’t seem to be too affected by it so far; he’s always been pretty laid back.  My five-year old, however, is more sensitive and it takes him a while to adjust to change...

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A Baby Comes Out of a Woman’s Vagina

Recently my 5-year old has enjoyed hearing stories about when I was pregnant with him.  He knows that he “grew in my belly” and he thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that he used to kick and punch me from the inside.  He is fascinated when I tell him that I used to see his little fists and elbows poking through my tummy.  So yesterday afternoon, driving home from Pre-K, the inevitable question arose.   “Mommy, how did I get out of your tummy?”   Dude.  I got this.   “Well, honey, Daddy and I went to the hospital and the doctor took...

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Fixing What’s Broken

I looked down at my right hand and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  My pointer finger was broken.  I mean, totally broken in half.  So weird, I didn’t feel any pain.  But it was clearly broken.  It had to be fixed.  I had to get myself to a hospital.  But there was no time!  I had to study for a test.  There was no way I was going to be able to pass this test; I wasn’t prepared.  God, why didn’t I study more?  Not to mention, I couldn’t drive with a broken finger.  Who could I ask...

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My Scary Places

I’m reading a book called “The Places That Scare You.”   A friend gave it to me, knowing I was going through some changes in my life. In it, Pema Chondron teaches:  We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder.  I’ve recently had some “circumstances” in my own life that have threatened to harden me and certainly scare me.   Scary Place #1 Life as a Single Mom I got divorced last week.  It was the right decision.  But I’m scared.  Not of...

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