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What’s Your RESPONSEability? [#TheFlyingMom]

“It sounds like you have a lot going on as a single parent, why would you want to do this?” I leaned in towards the foster care caseworker and three simple words came out of my mouth “because I can”. This road to becoming a licensed foster care mama (to adopt) has been a very […]

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You Have What You Need [#TheFlyingMom]

Have you ever traveled with only the clothes on your back? This past holiday season I was given the gift to actually live with a belief I’ve embraced but never lived by truly traveling with what you have & are wearing right now. From a very young age I have gravitated towards inspirational/motivational books, self […]

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Find Your Story [#The Flying Mom]

“Maris, the only difference between you and your captain will be your stories. The airlines will always be there. Go find your stories.” he said as we stood around the hangar on the north shore. I had come to know Bruce through his love for Stearmans and my gravitation towards hearing that melody of the […]

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You Don’t ‘Find’ Time, You ‘Make’ Time [#TheFlyingMom]

There are many reasons why this girl takes to the sky. One reason is that I’m an introvert and I love being alone with my thoughts. My mind can think, dream, dance as far as my eyes can see and beyond the horizon. Ideas are welcome. One of these has been the ever pressing realization […]

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The Unbridled Spirit In Me [#TheFlyingMom]

I took my first drink at age 15. It was three years after my dad had died, I was heartbroken at what I perceived my family had become. It was a delay in grief for me. I can remember taking a bottle of wine from our refrigerator and proceeding to drink from the bottle and […]

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Let Your Dreams Take Flight [#TheFlyingMom no. 16]

As the number of days grew fewer and drew us to the end of 2017, I did what most people do at this time of year, I reflected on the passing year. I looked back at how I have survived, lived, danced and twirled my way into the future with my children. As I’ve mentioned […]

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We’re Building A Plane [#TheFlyingMom no. 15]

Flying was a very tangible freedom. In those days, it was beauty, adventure, discovery — the epitome of breaking into new worlds. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, introduction to ‘Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead,’ 1929 There is a place that exists beyond my line of sight and over the horizon. A place that has spoken […]

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Dating By Airspace [#TheFlyingMom no.14]

A few weeks ago I posted something to my Instagram story about “Dating by Airspace”. From that post, I received close to 30 questions about it. That may not seem like a lot, but it made me wonder if the story should come forward. As many of you know, I am a CFI, which for those that […]

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A Lesson From The Grinch [#TheFlyingMom no. 13]

I can still remember vividly the last Christmas I had with my dad. The year was 1991. I did not know it would be our last until he died suddenly in 1992 in a plane crash when I was only 12 years old. That first Christmas without him was the first time that something wrapped […]