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Turning 40

Turning 40

I am turning 40 according to the Gregorian calendar next weekend. Flowers, chocolate and jewellery are all appreciated . It’s always seemed like a watershed moment in my life – a definitive age at which…

Surprising My Brother – We Both Hate Surprises

Surprising My Brother – We Both Hate Surprises

As I wrote recently, I traveled to Israel to see family and to surprise my twin-brother for our 40th birthday. (The Hebrew date – 6 Adar). It was extremely difficult to keep quiet about my…

Bursting with Secrets!!

Bursting with Secrets!!

The big secret I’ve been keeping for months can finally be shared. I am writing this on the plane, on my way to Israel. As you know I have a twin brother. We’re turning 40…

Accepting Help

Accepting Help

I found this ecard online the other day. And I laughed because it was so apt. I posted it to Facebook and several of my friends also commented that it was so totally them.   I…

Keeping Our Kids Safe

Keeping Our Kids Safe

Last week during the brief snowstorm we had, my youngest son, Chatterbox, arrived home very late from school. On a day with blowing snow and icy winds, he and some friends were left alone after…

My Son is Making Aliyah

My Son is Making Aliyah

If you have been around my facebook page or twitter you’ll know by now that Aryeh, my oldest, has made it known that he is making Aliyah in August 2013. He spent some time on…

Today Is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today Is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I have written previously [Miscarriage (Tough Read)] about the miscarriages that I suffered between the births of my 3rd and 4th sons. I don’t often think about the two babies that I lost, but sometimes…

Letting Go

Letting Go

When you first hold your baby there’s a multitude of feelings that flow through you – exhaustion, love, awe, a tremendous sense of responsibility, even fear. What no one can prepare you for is when…

Playing Favourites

Playing Favourites

I love all my kids. To distraction. I am frequently asked which of them is my favourite. I always answer that I have four favourites. They each have their own unique character, strengths and weaknesses….

Yom Kippur Memory

Yom Kippur Memory

I bless my kids every Friday night before kiddush. It moves me every single time. Sometimes to the point of tears. It’s my reconnection with the boys after busy weeks of to-ing and fro-ing. No…

Genetics Win Every Time

I pride myself on being one of a kind, of being myself – not modeled after anyone, just me. It first happened four years ago when I was looking for a wedding dress. I was…

Footie PJs

We did the back to school / empty Ima’s bank account shopping today. The boys pictured above begged me for footie PJs. They beg me this time of the year every year for the PJs….