Author: Melissa Pelletier

A Wedding Story

If you didn’t have a major life event in October 2005, you may not remember but that September leading into October, there were three straight weeks of rain.  Crazy rain.  Flooding rain. Hurricane-like rain. (Katrina had hit NOLA just a few weeks earlier.) And if you weren’t doing anything particular on the third consecutive Friday of that marathon rain session, you may not remember that particular day but it wasn’t just rain – it was monsoon rain.  It was crazy-high-winds-pouring-down-buckets rain.  It was knock-over-light-poles-on-91-in-Windsor kinda rain. It was also my wedding day. All good. My girls were with me.  Husband-to-be was...

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Confessions of a Special Needs Mom

When I can’t come up with anything good to write about, I go back and look at the things I wrote to myself in the height of the hardest period of my life – the first year after my first-born was first born and diagnosed with Down syndrome.  It was a pretty dark time for what should’ve been the happiest time.  I hope this shines a little light into what it’s like to get the kind of surprise.  The best worst surprise I’ve ever had the privilege of receiving. * * * Today Abby is 6 weeks old and while...

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Puke bug, I hate you.

You guys.  That puke bug that’s been going around hit us last week.  If you’re reading this, it’s likely you have kids and can relate… because as far as I can tell from Facebook, everyone’s welcomed this evil beast into their home whether they wanted to or not. Thursday morning, we beat the winter storm all the way up to Portland, Maine.  Have some beers with my sister-in-law and her fam.  Go back to our hotel.  Go swimming.  Open some presents.  A nice enough night for all involved. Husband wakes up at 6 a.m. Coughing.  Wait, no…. Puking. SONOFA…  Let...

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Changing my Mindset

Despite everything going on in the world, this has been a pretty decent year for me.  And if it hasn’t for you, let me share with you the difference and we’ll see if helps you make 2017 a pretty decent one for you. It started with something I’ve been working on professionally.  The point is to get people to approach work (and, well, life) with a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed one.  The first time I heard the terms, I rolled my eyes at my theory-loving friends.  But now a year and a half later… friends, I’m not gonna...

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Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

Dear Self at… Age 2: You’re so proud that mommy hung that ornament you made.  It’ll be a few more years before you realize she hung it on the back of the tree.  Don’t judge – 30 years from now, you’ll be throwing away your kids’ artwork when they aren’t looking. Age 5: Your kindergarten teacher IS scary but you’ll be with these kids for the next 13 years so no worries. The good ones will stay in touch much longer. Age 10: He’s your little brother and you’re stuck with him for life.  The stupid fights you guys have now...

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