Allergy Mom

Name: Amy Schwabe
Kids: Two girls, Alex (10) and Wendy (6)
Works: stay-at-home mom, blogger, freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: watching my girls develop personalities and habits that are a lot like those of my husband's and mine, but also uniquely their own
Least favorite part about being a mom: trying to find balance -- in everything -- the line between being too overprotective vs. too free-range; the line between overscheduling so we don't miss anything we want to do and being more spontaneous so we can enjoy just a few of the things we want to do; the line between sheltering the kids so they don't make any mistakes and being so hands-off that they make too many mistakes
Famous for: having so many books that guests are free to use my home as a lending library (although my younger daughter says I'm famous for cleaning the house)

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What I'm Thankful For -- My Daughters

 As we go into the actual Thanksgiving holiday, I just want to take a minute to express how thankful I am for my daughters.

I know it's cliched to talk about how much your kids light up your life, how their smiles and laughter make your heart melt, and how being their parent is the most fulfilling job in the world.  But, you know what?  Cliches are cliched for a reason.  It's all true.

Alex is like a mini-me.  I see myself so strongly in her, and because of that, I understand her well -- all her strengths and weaknesses, all her joys and sadnesses.  I love doing things with her because we share the same interests, the same sense of humor, and much of the same outlook on life.

While Alex feels like my familiar home, Wendy is my breath of fresh air.  She's a social butterfly who people flock to just to make her laugh, to absorb her energy, to hear her wonderfully off-the-wall and strangely pragmatic opinion of things.  I never know what's going to come out of her mouth, and she makes my life exciting and brighter because of it.

I'm glad we have a holiday like Thanksgiving -- which forces me to slow down from the everyday craziness of life, and reflect upon the things in my life that I'm thankful for -- and what makes them so wonderful.

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