Ever had that look in your eye? Not the look of that dapper man staring straight into your soul, but the look of that girl on his left staring right into his heart. It's a look made not of love alone. It's the reflection of a bond strengthened by truths confessed, "I-love-you-even-thoughs", and the comfort... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post in honor of Food Allergy Awareness week (May 12-18, 2019), and it was featured on the TODAY Parents and the TODAY Show Facebook pages, generating over 2000 shares between the two platforms. I'm incredibly grateful to the TODAY Community for helping to spread awareness for this important topic.
Something changes when you become a writer. Time slows. You begin to savor the tiniest experiences. You breathe in the details and your mind races for the perfect descriptions to relive them through written word. Simplicities become complexities, yet somehow, everything seems simpler. Spring is breaking, and it’s a perfect day for a run on the... Continue Reading →
She was born during a snow storm in the middle of December in upstate New York, where the winters are long and grey. Returning home with her from a week-long NICU stay was the start of one of the most trying times in my life. I was relieved to have her home. Relieved that she was... Continue Reading →
Urban Dictionary defines a "troll" as someone who deliberately pisses people off in an online newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption, argument, or to get a reaction. Seasoned writers know to avoid interaction with these people at all costs. However, I'm fairly new at this. I recently had a personal essay published... Continue Reading →
My dear baby girl, I see it starting. When I put your jacket on and your sleeve bunches up and you scream and shake your head. When I walk away from you for a brief moment and your bottom lip curls under and tears well up in your eyes. When the laughter of others around... Continue Reading →
Welcome! My name is Vanessa. Thank you for visiting Saturday Morning Coffee. If you’re a creative soul, an overtired mom, someone who feels things deeply or overthinks pretty much everything, I hope you may find value in, or least relate to, some of the content you’ll find here.
How was I the last to know? I must have been so engulfed in the sleepless nights of a two month old that I missed the memorial Facebook posts and mournful tributes to your life. There were thousands of miles and year's worth of living between us, but after hearing of your passing almost a... Continue Reading →
🎶"It's Christmas time."🎵 The first line of a Christmas classic by charity music group 'Band Aid 30' rings through the car speakers. I fight the urge to change the station even though I know that dreaded verse is coming... "And the Christmas bells that ring there, are the clanging chimes of doom. Well tonight thank... Continue Reading →
I didn't write the book on "the new mom feeling of failure". It's not a new concept by any means, but the past few months I've been extremely hard on myself. Like, way worse than normal and should be acceptable. I basically feel like an epic mess in every aspect of life and motherhood. Dog... Continue Reading →
"You shouldn't live your life for the weekends", they say. But right now, I do. When I arrive at my office on Monday mornings, a giant void fills me and I'm already counting the hours to 4pm. It's not because I hate my job. It's not because my nights and weekends are filled with spontaneity... Continue Reading →