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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: It was a Very Happy Easter

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Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) "In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade..."   We aren't into Easter bonnets, but we have our own set of Easter traditions...

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Counting My Blessings

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There are days when I think even atheists praise God. Today is one of those days. Yesterday I heard some very disturbing news about a young woman that reminded me of how blessed I am and have been. It’s not that I haven’t had challenges, but knowing about the challenged faced by others has a way of giving me perspective. Counting my blessings Today, I got up and went for a run. The sun is shining, which is always a major event in Pittsburgh . As I ran along the river I really experienced the splendor of it. I noticed the geese, the smells and enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine on my face. With each step my faith was renewed. I don’t know why I am so enormously blessed, but I believe that right thing to do, the only thing I can do is to be grateful. Once my toddler wakes up I am going to hug her hard and enjoy every moment with her—even the crying, whining and potty accidents! (We’ll see if that’s a reality. I am grateful, but I am not perfect.)

Celebrating Mother's Day: A Hat Luncheon

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" Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. " - Erich Fromm   Today, I attended the Central Baptist Church Hat Luncheon. It's an annual event and a splendid affair. My grandmother, as a Deaconess at the church, is a hostess. I love to attend to support her. I also like to people watch. No knock on those ladies who attend the Kentucky Derby , but nobody  knows how to wear a hat better than a Baptist church lady. Besides the hats there is the message. You cannot attend an event sponsored by a church without getting a healthy dose of scripture.   Every day is a blessing. The message today was simple. Being alive is a blessing. Knowing who you are is the secret to experiencing a fulfilled life. And, if you have overcome adversity you should be grateful. And, that gratitude should give you confidence and provide you with the strength you need to endure other hardships. The speaker made another point that resonated wi

Living by faith...

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Some people in my life have been going through rough times. I have realized the importance of having  faith . It is something that you can rely upon when you have run out of other options. Faith makes you get up in the morning with the expectation that things will get better, even in the midst of your pain and disappointment. Faith makes you believe that the best is yet to come even when you cannot see the possibility of things getting any better. I know these things intuitively, but I must admit that at times, my faith is still tested. Sometimes, I am distracted by what I see. At those times, the faith of those that I love has strengthened me. And for that, I am grateful.  I am especially grateful this holiest of all weekends. It is a Good Friday !

Friday Tip: Book suggestion: “What your pediatrician wants you to know”

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Visit the link below for information about a book that tells you all of the things that your pediatrician wants you to know, but doesn't have time to tell you. I know a lot of doctors and have the good fortune of being able to ask them questions all of the time.  I can tell you that those private conversations fill in the gaps that I may have from my office visits and endless Internet research . I realize that not all of my followers have the same good fortune. For that reason, I am sharing this link with you.  Thanks to Joyce from @ MommyTalkShow   who introduced me to this great resource so that I can share it with you. Happy Friday!!! http://mommytalkshow.com/news-information/booksuggestionwhatyourdoctorwantsyoutoknowbutdoesnthavetimetotellyou/

Working Mom Mix Up

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I don’t often crave a do over. But this morning, I want to start the day again. Instead of venturing out into the cold rainy day mistakenly believing that I had a 7:30 AM meeting, I want to be right. I want to be careful. And I want to be in bed. Had I not been confused about my calendar, I would have pressed snooze and cuddled with Andre for another thirty minutes. I would have pretended that it was the weekend, if just for a little while, when I could choose to remain in the house all day and be focused on taking care of and playing with my baby.    Instead, I braved the elements only to arrive in an empty conference room , wet and wondering if I had the wrong meeting location.  I had a moment of panic.  Then, I checked my Blackberry once again and realized that I had misread it. The 7:30 AM meeting is actually tomorrow.  Oh, well. I guess today was a dry run, well not really… 

Life Lessons: Be Resilient and Live in The Moment

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My baby girl turns one in a week and a half and I can barely stand it.  I am so happy that she is happy and well.  Yes, bloggers she had an encounter with her friend's teeth and has lived to tell about it.  Actually, she hasn't just lived, she's thrived.  (I know that you all knew that would be the outcome, but despite my faith, I needed some reassurance! :-)) Also, she appears to have no recollection of the ordeal and is back to crawling, cruising and exploring.  It appears that babies are resilient and live in the moment.  They are really unhappy when the crisis is upon them.  However, after that moment passes they move on to bigger and brighter things--a different toy, something new to learn, or they find some way to amuse themselves. Perhaps we should all try to adopt that approach.  Maybe all of that stuff that we let get on our nerves and the bitterness that we allow to fester ain't that serious.  Perhaps we should adopt the new age approach and "

Why I am glad I knew nothing about the supposed end of the world...

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I’m an intensely curious person. It’s how I chose my career. It’s why friends come to me for advice. It’s a huge part of who I am and influences my personality. That being said, I realized a while ago that there are some things that I will never understand and there are some things I am better off not knowing--like being aware that the world was predicted to end last weekend. After giving birth I spent a great deal of time thinking about my mortality, the fate of mankind, and we go when we die. I have attended my church my entire life and I attended religious school for six years. I have the whole heaven/ hell thing down. Still, if I think about it too hard, my head hurts. Oh me of little faith? Nah! These thoughts are completely natural. At least they are in my circles. When I am at my best, I cope by accepting that some things are too much for the natural mind. I accept that all will be revealed at the end. Since I have no desire to expedite my death, I am entirely comfortable

The Brutal Truth About Natural Childbirth (Part II)

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Natural childbirth is a journey in humility and in life. As a lawyer, I control a lot in my life. However, how the baby was born, when the baby was born, and whether the baby was healthy were outside of my control. I wish that I could say that knowledge made me serene. That knowing that childbirth was something that I could not change filled me with the peace described in the “ Serenity Prayer ”. I wish that I could say that I had a Zen -like experience where understanding my lack of control made me calm, self assured and patient. In truth, that knowledge brought me to the brink of insanity. Natural childbirth is an exercise in patience.

I long for it to be Christmas again…

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I know that it seems a little soon, but I long for it to be Christmas again. I don’t long to spend money, for the unlimited Christmas carols, or the endless parties that come with the season. Actually, I really do miss the parties. The Christmas Season is Special and I Miss It Greatly Seriously, the holiday season is punctuated by the actual holidays, but it is defined by the spirit of the season. And, Christmas is a time of renewal and reconciliation. It is as if the world is healed and washed in the blood of forgiveness. Everybody is nicer. People on the street greet you a smile. Sales people are more helpful. Television program are less...seedy.   It is OK to wear sequins to work. And we all are united in our anticipation of the day. The anticipation makes it sweeter. Even though the season almost begins in July now, seeing the decorations, hearing the music, and seeing the countdown on the calendar fills me with more excitement. People complain about the hustle an

The Best Things in Life are Free...

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I have discovered that I can still experience great pleasure in these recessionary times… Lately, I have realized that the best things in life are free. Below is a list of some of my favorite things… 1. Basking in the sun. It is one of life’s greatest gifts. The sunshine has the power to heal, energize, and seduce. 2. Gazing at the sky. Even the most skilled artist has yet to capture what I feel when I gaze at an intense blue sky full of fluffy white clouds. 3. The smell of summer. That indescribably sweet smell— has a way of filling my soul with hope and wonder. 4. The surprise of the wind. A powerful gust has thrilled me as it threatened to blow my skirt up. 5. The majesty of Pittsburgh ’s rivers. They captivate me every morning as I drive to work. 6. The luxury of sleep. Napping on a weekend afternoon is a sheer indulgence. 7. A long walk. I have found that it has the power to answer most of my questions. 8. A heartfelt hug. There have been

the beginning...

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When I started this blog, I had no idea that it would lead me to a college boyfriend, the confession of the unrequited love of a former colleague, or to the personal revelations that I have experienced. My parents are devout Baptists and their church touts the mantra that " God is good all of the time, and all of the time, God is good." Given my penchant for cocktails, many readers may think that my Biblical reference is misplaced. All I can say is that you can't fight nature and you can't fight rearing. This blog, Chaton's World, has been an experiment in self exploration. I welcome my continued journey and your comments. Because at the end of the day, "The Blog is Good!" :-)

Smiles instead of regrets...

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Can it really be that Monday is just on the horizon again? It seems as though Friday was just moments ago, but instead, it's late Sunday night and my mind races about all of the tasks that are left undone. Although there was no time for mopping, there was plenty of time for dancing and dinners. Although there was no time for cleaning the bathrooms, there was surprisingly plenty of time for romance and kissing in the rain. Although there was no time for laundry, there was just enough time to share a brownie sundae while the sun set. Although there was no time for calling out of state friends to catch up, I managed to fit in one cocktail on the patio at a neighborhood restaurant. I even fit in a gala, for the Pittsburgh DiverseCity festival. Time is an amazingly fluid concept. Although we deny it, we always make time to do what you want to do. The Bible says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". People often deny this. They often talk a