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I am so thrilled to have T.A. Woods guest posting on my site today. T.A. is amazing, she published a book of poetry called The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman and I am proud to know her.  She makes me want to write….But enough about that… When I write poetry, it helps me to […]

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  • And isn’t the world a better place with your book in it? So glad you found “your voice” and that you write these words and share them.

    Even if you weren’t my bbf- I’d still love your writing. Unless I hated your face, but I could never hate your face. I love you!

    Can’t wait to do this open mic night :)ReplyCancel

  • T.A. Woods

    Thank you so much Jen for having me on here today!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara, the Speakeasy thing is brilliant! Can’t wait. Haven’t finished your book yet, but I love what I’ve read so far. Love.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I want to hear it!!!ReplyCancel

I don’t have to miss mix tapes, because mix tapes are constantly playing in my head. Not a day goes by that I don’t think, “If I were making a mix tape about ……. this song would be on it.” So that’s how this happened. There’s a movement that’s been going around the web called […]

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  • Janine Huldie

    I love that you resurrected Mixtape for this and just seeing this now with Easter and all, but love it Jen and truly perfect!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine Lebsack

    I loved the music you chose and I have a couple of those on my play list already and I’m going to add your selections to it as well. Excellent post.ReplyCancel

  • I smiled when I saw Grace Kelly. I had never heard that song until two weeks ago and have been pretty much singing it ever since discovering it. Such a great song – and great message.

    Love your mix – and will check out the link for #mommitment.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I know, it is such a catchy tune! Everytime someone mentions it it’s stuck in my ear all day!ReplyCancel

He brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh for $5000, and that was only the beginning. I had the pleasure of reading a book for review this week that I definitely would have read anyway! Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones… Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter Hard Days […]

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  • I am so excited to read this book! Sounds like so much insight into the business many only know from the “entertainment” side. Thanks for sharing, Jen!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I hope you get a chance to read it Stephanie! IT was so worth it!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know how I missed your stop on Pat’s tour, Jen! This is a great review and the book is exactly like that – you want to tell everybody what you just read. It’s quite a tale and I also love the success story, maybe more than anything else.
    Thanks for sharing your review!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      LOL Lisa. Somehow I misseed your comment! Thank you for stopping by, it is an amazing story!ReplyCancel

Cabin fever was definitely taking its toll on us. Every conversation was somehow escalating into an argument. Every interaction with Isaiah seemed more like a list of what he was doing wrong, not what he was doing right. School work was a struggle, bedtime was a struggle, forget picking up his toys. I watched it […]

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  • I think this, in one way or another, happens to us all. I know there are times where frustration has gotten the best of me with my kids and like you, something reminds me of what I have. Thank you for sharing this, Jen.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      It’s true, and isn’t it amazing how something always does happen? The mother in us wakes up and sees our children brand new!ReplyCancel

  • I think this happens far FAR more often than not only people don’t talk about it because you’re right – you feel ashamed about it. Moms shouldn’t think that way, act that way, be that way *insert every other way that we are not supposed to be according to the bible written by people who know what’s best for YOU* A parent child relationship will go through many changes but the love never subsides.
    I don’t think it’s wrong of you to feel that your moment came when he was ill (poor thing those pictures broke my heart in a bazillion pieces)…sometimes that is what it takes. No, relationships won’t be perfect, but you work on it and as long as you love, you can always work on it. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kathy Radigan

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I think each time we moms let each other know what it is really like we shine a little more light for others. I have had similar experiences and am always so grateful for the “do-over” that life can throw me. Thanks again for your beautiful post!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie

    I am so glad you did share Jen and seriously trust me been there myself at times and just so thankful that I have gotten do-overs when I have, too.ReplyCancel

  • My dearest friend, I needed to read this. This was beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I think that this was one of the most touching things I’ve ever read by you, but also it resonated with me personally. I’m feeling like I’m falling into that dark place with my child. At almost 6 and in comparison to his 2-year-old brother he often feels like a big, defiant boy. Him and Isaiah had always reminded me of each other with their endless intelligence and energy. And their strong will. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m at the stage where I need some targeted parenting book reading. I’m sorry that your game changer came in the form of hospitalization. I love you and so glad you wrote this!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Smith Sprenger

    Thank you for sharing so honestly, Jen. You’re definitely not alone either, and although few of us have experienced those exact circumstances, I bet your words struck a chord with so many, because a lot of us can relate to the emotions behind them, the complicated feelings and guilt. I’m so glad you got a do-over; it’s not strange at all to say it that way. Life works in mysterious ways…ReplyCancel

  • So sweet, Jen. The cabin fever thing is getting the best of most of us this winter. There isn’t a house big enough in all the world to keep a three-year-old happy. But I love that you reconnected and looked at baby pictures (such a cute one up there!!! how sweet is his little face?!). Shit, when you realize that they know how much you love them (or think they know?), that’s a special moment. Glad to have you back writing. xoReplyCancel

  • First, holy crap I get the hospital and all that entails. Know I am thinking of how difficult that was for your heart.

    I adore your honesty. We ALL feel that way, when we are in the battle and sometimes sadly it takes the hospital to hit the reset button.


  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    This is so so beautiful and honest and real. I feel honored to have read it tonight and I feel like a better parent because of reading it.ReplyCancel

I am pretty sure if Isaiah and Bridget ever met, they would be amazing friends. I’ve been watching Bridget grow up for a while now. I met her mom, Kerri, through my good friend, Kristi, because we were all moms of kids with Special Needs, and we all had the same sense of humor. That […]

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  • This is awesome. I absolutely support and love this mama and her precious girl as much as you do!!! I shared and will join you in this mission to help Kerri and Bridget as best I can!!

    Those links seemed to not work for me, when I clicked on them! They say “Server not found”… maybe it’s my laptop? Just wanted you to know… :)

    I love the sisterhood of the motherhood. THIS is how it should be.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Ames

    Thank you So very much!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    LOVE this, Jen. Love Kerri Ames. Love Bridget.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Uzelac De Luca

    What a blessing to help others in need, Jen. What a blessing to raise voices in unison. What a blessing to be a friend.

    Thank you for this post.

    With thanksgiving,

  • Mo Nika

    I’m the grandma from the only german boy with PACS1. Your lines make me cry! Thank you so much! MonikaReplyCancel

  Last night I came into my bedroom and was immediately informed that “it” was none of my beeswax. I did not know what “it” was, but was pretty sure that “it” wasn’t good. However I am a huge fan of natural consequences and so I walked away. 15 minutes later the boy was screaming […]

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  • hysterical. I would have been tempted to reply I’m minding my own beeswax see you in the morningReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Dude. I so should have done that. I am a sucker for crocodile tears!ReplyCancel

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