By Colleen LaPlante For the first time in I don’t know how many years, I unexpectedly found myself playing baseball in the yard with my Mom, brother, and sister last week. It began as an endeavor to get my two-year-old some fresh air and turned into a home run derby within minutes. Our foam bat … Continue reading Seeking Out Pockets of Joy in Uncertain Times
I saw you today. A smile in the sunshine that reached your eyesBlack puffer jacket like a New YorkerIn the reflection of a window on 41st Street I almost didn’t recognize you Plié au Chocolat tucked neatly in a pastry bagSipping hot chocolate in the frigid Manhattan airWhile you expertly maneuvered your baby pram amongst … Continue reading A Window in New York
I used to think I had life figured out. You check off the little boxes. In order. Semi on time. College. Travel. Good job. Marriage. Babies. Then I married a soldier. Suddenly everything seemed like chaos. Beautiful, frightening, chaos. While I sometimes say getting married caused me to forgo my ambitions for a corporate … Continue reading Finding My Happiness: Coming to Terms With My Entrepreneurial Self
Our house is currently on #teamnosleep. That’s because a little over two months ago, my six month old decided he would really just like to spend the nights cuddling with Mom. Sometimes I’d get three hours before the sobs would come. My whole body would jolt and I’d hold so still. Poised to get up … Continue reading Team #NoSleep
This was written late in the evening, six months into a nine month deployment. We hadn't been able to communicate for about ten days. It’s late at night. Your infant son sleeps in his crib and makes soft sighs. He’s perfect. Beautiful. Sweet. Untouched by the unforgiving world. His life, our lives as Americans, are … Continue reading The Quiet Moments That Support Freedom
It is the traditions, the decorating, the time spent together, and the reminiscing that do it for me. So despite being close to 3,000 miles from our childhood homes, we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit.
Rediscovering Myself Again After College By Colleen LaPlante Moving recently has prompted me to go through a lot of childhood and college belongings. Growing up I was someone who liked to be continuously inspired. Because of this, I would keep goal lists, notes, pictures, and articles. I liked to have things around me each day … Continue reading What Spark Do You Need To Rekindle?
Where does "The Art of Wood Stacking" come from? It comes from the teachings of my parents. From an early age, my parents taught us the importance of a positive attitude, good work ethic, and commitment to helping others. From church functions to community events, they provided an example of what it meant to share your … Continue reading Where Does “The Art of Wood Stacking” Come From?