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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. They say that seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is the best way to experience it. I wholeheartedly agree. My daughter has yet to care one single bit about getting within two feet of Santa, let alone sit on his lap. What she does like to talk about is Hanukkah and the birth of Jesus. We celebrate both. I often joke that she would rather sit on Jesus’ lap than Santa’s. That would be just fine with me. She keeps the light of Christmas bright with her giving spirit and sweet love.

Here are some things we’ve enjoyed so far as we anticipate the glorious day!

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Celebrating Hanukkah on day one.
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Bought this for our front porch in honor of my Grampa.
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We enjoy the Jackie Lawson Advent Calendar every year.
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Getting a few items from the Angel Tree at Emma’s school.
We enjoyed Nocatee-a-Glow Friday night. Our community goes all out.
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Our house.
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Come and sit a spell.
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Celebrating the 3rd Sunday of Advent with our make-shift Advent candles.

 

 

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Writing From the Heart

One of my favorite things to do is writing. I consider it such an honor to write for other people, purposes, and outlets. It’s even more gratifying when someone actually pays me to write. Never thought that would happen.

I’ve been writing for Between the Bridges for about nine months now. I write a column called Mom2Mom as well as the occasional review, family feature, or sponsor spotlight. When I write my Mom2Mom column almost every month, I really do write from the heart. I stand behind every word I say and I truly want the readers to gain something from it. I feel proud when I see my work within the finished product and I hope my community sees the value in this resident friendly publication.

My subject this month was about that ever famous question, “Are you ready for the holidays?” My answer is always a resounding YES, but not for the reasons that most people think. In this column, I share some of the ways I have found to fully enjoy the holiday season without wasting all of my time getting ready for it.

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Be Yoga

Be Yoga

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What a perfect name for a yoga studio. After all, yoga expands way beyond the mat. It is a philosophy, a way of life, a behavior, and in my opinion, something that can completely change your life. It is a way to BE.

I enjoyed challenging myself and sweating through an intricate Anusara practice this morning. We worked on keeping our natural lumbar curve. We used our abdominals to bring our tailbone toward the floor. I did some things I wouldn’t normally do. Those muscles will definitely be speaking to me tomorrow, but I’m glad I did it.

The instructor began the class by speaking of community. I knew I would like it right from there. It is the community of yoga that hooked me nine years ago. People I met in yoga class in September of 2006 remain close friends and an important part of my life. And now, the goal of our lives is to BE YOGA.

It kind of covers it all.

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Mom to Mom

As kids go back to school in our neck of the woods, my thoughts are with my fellow moms. This week I will feature my first six ‘Mom to Mom’ articles written for our community magazine, Between the Bridges. It has been such a pleasure sharing my thoughts with these women. I hope my words have helped them feel as wonderful as they are!

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Trust Me

By Libby Blumberg

March 2015

Motherhood. A word not easily defined. A responsibility with a distinct beginning, but no end. One of the most difficult jobs imaginable, yet desired in the hearts of millions of women everywhere.

My research found several definitions of mother and motherhood, often using these three words: authority, source, and origin. It was clear to me that the meaning of the word would be important to this column, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover how fitting it really is.

Discussions among mothers often include a barrage of questions. What is the best bottle or pacifier? How do I transition my child from a crib to a bed? Why is my child having tantrums? When and how should I potty train? How do I deal with the isolation that comes with being a stay-at-home-mom? What is the best way to prepare child #1 for child #2? The list is infinite.

One can search the internet to find a slew of answers to all of these questions and much more. Finding the problem in the index of a baby book will sometimes offer the solution. How about asking a relative who has been through motherhood before? Or post your question on social media and get a whole slew of answers! If you are lucky, as we are in Nocatee, you can occasionally gather with a group of other mom friends to share tips, tricks, and ideas.

Take a deep breath and hear this. Upon becoming a mother, you were given a precious gift. Think of it as your reward for taking on an extremely difficult job. Consider it your superpower. Call it your secret potion. It is what makes you ‘able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.’

Your gift: a mother’s instinct.

It is stronger than everything. It is smarter than the thickest book. It is more effective than an internet full of doctor recommendations. It trumps advice from your well-meaning relatives. It even surpasses the suggestions you get from other mothers going through (seemingly) the exact same thing. It is your authority, source, and origin. Nice, huh?

You must, however, listen in order to hear what it says. Stop for a moment and notice what your answer is before even asking the question. It is probably right there between you and your child, waiting to be heard. Your instinct makes you the authority on your child’s needs. It aligns you with the source of your solution. A mother’s instinct takes you back to your origin and gives you the wisdom you need.

Listen. It is saying…

Trust me.

 

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Community

 

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This morning, my three year old daughter said, “We are a community and we communicate.” After being blown away by her intelligence and introspection, I realized how right she was.

We are a community of moms, dads, kids, grandparents, friends, co-workers, supporters, leaders, professionals, drinking buddies, and party throwers!

We most certainly communicate quite a lot about everything from toddler tantrums to school supplies to the best place to get sushi. And more than anything, we’ve got each others’ backs.

That was very clear yesterday when I asked for prayers on our community Facebook page and received close to 50 responses right away. Some were from people I don’t even know. And many asked me how I was doing today. The prayers worked.

There’s nothing like having a large group of people in your corner. You may not know all of them well, but if you need them, there is no question. The circle will close around you.

When the circles closes around me, I know I am home.