Jun 22

Today is the BIG Day!

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Today is the day where it’s offically time to say goodbye to A Mommy in the City and say hello to Sincerely, Lauren.

Six years ago when we moved to Manhattan I started AMITC as a way to keep my friends and family up to date on our new life living in New York City. Rather than writing a mass email, I came up with the name (after very little thought,) bought the domain, and then started writing “letters” to my family about our new life. Little did I know it would become what it is today.

But over those six years, our life has changed. We’ve welcomed two more children, I’ve started a career, and we’ve moved just outside of Manhattan to the suburbs. I’ve slowly felt that I was growing out of the name, A Mommy in the City, and I needed a change.

Last Novemeber I enlisted in the help of Erin from CooperHouse who helped me with branding and the site design. Sincerely, Lauren goes back to the roots of why I started this blog. To write notes about our lives, things that make me happy, and stories about what inspires me.

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So I’m officially welcoming you to Sincerely, Lauren. Over the next couple of days you will see some changes. A Mommy in the City will be automatically redirected to Sincerely, Lauren. My Facebook page will change to reflect the new name, and all of my other social media channels will be changed to my name @LaurenJimeson. So if you see Lauren Jimeson or Sincerely, Lauren pop up in your feed, just know it’s me. 🙂

While I’ll forever be thankful for AMITC and what it’s brought to my life, I cannot wait to see what Sincerely, Lauren brings.

As always, I am forever grateful for your support!

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Jun 20

The Protector

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She’s always been the one that cares so deeply about her family. As the oldest of three, she knows the importance of her role as the big sister. And it’s a role she doesn’t take lightly. She’s the type of girl that puts their needs before her own. At six, she knows what it means to be selfless.

It’s inspiring. And something that I strive to be just as much as she is.

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I know this love that she has for her brother and sister, but today I saw just how deep that love flows. I took all three kids to the lake by house today. It was the first official day of our summer break and I wanted to make it meaningful for all three. The lake was packed, as I figured it would be. It was the first time in nearly seven years that I could sit from the sidelines and watch all three kids play without having to be hands-on all of the time. It was a big parenting milestone that I enjoyed so much. But it wasn’t just the relaxing that made it wonderful, it was what I watched that made it an afternoon to remember.

Macks often thinks that he’s older than he really is. With two older sisters that love to include him in everything, it’s easy to forget that not all big kids want to play with you. This afternoon Macks tried to play with a group of young boys that looked about Harlan’s age. While Macks was trying to play, the boys took it as an opportunity to make fun of someone that was smaller than them. In their defense, they were just having a little fun, but Macks was getting very angry at some of the names that they were calling him and the way that they were treating them. I thought to get involved, but decided against because there was no real threat to Macks. And I’m glad that I didn’t.

Soon after these boys started messing around with him, Harlan ran over and started sticking up for her little brother. You could tell that she wasn’t backing down no matter what they said about him. Eventually their conversation moved from saying things about Macks to saying things about Harlan and for her being a “girl.” And once again, Harlan didn’t back off. She showed confidence in herself and in her relationship with her brother.

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The boys eventually stopped bothering them and soon all seven of them were playing and running around the playground. And it was all because Harlan showed just how much she loved and cared for her brother. She protected him when he needed it. And best of all, I didn’t need to get involved.

It was the first time that I’ve seen her show that much confidence in front of so many people. And I’m certain it won’t be the last.

 

 

 

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Jun 15

Why I’m Happy Wednesday: 40

 

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My heart is heavy this week. That’s why I think that this post is so important. We NEED positivity. We need something to hold onto that gives us a glimmer of hope. We need something that will help wipe away the tears for even just a second and put a smile on our face. I know I need all of that.

This morning as I was getting ready to take the kids to school, I hear all three of them at the kitchen table humming the theme to Star Wars. They are obsessed with any and all things Star Wars. It’s something that all three of them bond over. They pick characters and role play with one another. They ask each other Star Wars trivia questions. It brings them all three of them together.

As I was upstairs listening to them hum the opening music, I couldn’t help but smile and think about this bond that they have with one another. It’s so special and even more amazing to watch from the sidelines.

That’s what makes me happy.

Now tell me something good. Something that’s made you happy. It can be big, it can be small, just something that has put a smile on your face. You can participate by sharing a photo on Wednesday with the hashtag #WhyImHappyWednesday and tagging me @amommyinthecity or feel free to write it in the comments below. I do read them all and am happy to reply back on your good news! You can also join in the conversation on my Facebook page!

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Jun 14

A Gift Beyond the Classroom

I walked into that classroom every single day ready to teach. Despite all of the craziness that was going on in my life that last year of teaching, my classroom was my safe place.

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