Getting married after a decade of single motherhood

October 4, 2012

Getting married after you’ve been a single mom for 10 years is a big deal. I know. Because that describes me. Now, it’s Desiree’s turn. I met Desiree six years ago when she walked into Bananas to join the single parents’ support group I was leading. She has the loveliest smile. She has been a […]

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Snapshot: First Comes Motherhood Then Comes Marriage

September 17, 2012

I’ve missed writing my Snapshot posts about single moms who are getting remarried, dating, or blending their families. If this describes you and you’d like to be featured, please contact me! It makes me very happy to be featuring amazing parents again! ~~~ I first crossed paths with single mom and writer Michelle Fiordaliso in […]

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What if you couldn’t have a baby? And your mother offered to have one for you

September 6, 2012

Mother-daughter relationships are so delicate. Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story — a new memoir by Sara Connell, a life coach with a private practice in Chicago — gives me hope that my mother and I might turn a corner and find a place of trust and love. This is the story about a couple who […]

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A first: family of four vacation

August 17, 2012

“I’m going to set my intention like the yoga teacher tells us at the beginning of yoga class” Chris said, as he set his alarm for 4 a.m. the next morning. “Wanna know what it is?” “Sure.” I struggled to zip up my suitcase, which I’d packed to the max with onesies. “To relax,” Chris […]

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You can’t blog about it

July 22, 2012

I first started blogging about my dating life as the single mom of a toddler for Literary Mama. Way back in 2003. I knew someday  my daughter — who spun around me in her tutu as I typed — would become a teenager. But that day seemed so far away. Which explains why I wrote […]

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Everyone keeps asking

June 23, 2012

If we’re sleeping. whether the baby is nursing well. How the big sister in the family is doing. If it’s time to change the name of my blog. (“C’mon Rachel!”) Here’s a glimpse: Close friends who’ve known me for years pull me aside ask me what it’s really like. This time. With a man who […]

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Back in the saddle

June 15, 2012

One year ago, I was cycling three nights a week after work, climbing some of steepest hills in the San Francisco Bay Area to train for our cycling honeymoon. I was approaching 40 and probably in the best shape in my life. Whew, last year feels like another lifetime, pre-pregnancy, as I rode the Grizzly […]

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