Meet Linda and Jocelyn

Jocelyn and Linda

Meet Linda, Jocelyn’s mom.

My mother is an eternal optimist. She is always bright, always welcoming, and always wears a smile and her heart on her sleeve. She is honest and kind, and she goes out of her way to let you know that she loves you and cares.

What I admire most about her is…

Her unending wonder for the world and love of people and spending quality time with the ones she loves.

My favorite thing to do with her is…

Just hanging out – talking walks, lounging by the pool, playing scrabble. She is fun no matter where we are or what we are doing.

Ways we are most similar…

We both enjoy getting to know people and being social.

Ways we are most different…

I am much more opinionated and vocal. She is more laid back and pleasing.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

We respect each other’s differences and appreciate each others strengths. We aren’t afraid to challenge each other and we always try to understand each other. Above all, we always come to each other with love and support.

Meet Jocelyn, Linda’s daughter.

My daughter, Jocelyn is a beautiful lady that is passionate about helping less fortunate people to better their lives. She has worked very hard to be in her profession and those whose lives she touches will definitely benefit by her knowledge and education. Jocelyn also is enjoying being a mother of her soon to be 2 yr. old daughter, Iyla. I was so happy that she had a little girl so that she would understand my love for her. I am so proud of all her accomplishments, so far. I know that she will keep growing and learning and being the best person she can be. I love my little girl and I love the woman she is.

What I admire most about her is…

I admire most about Jocelyn the drive she has to achieve her goals. She never gives up or settles for anything less than her original goal. I know what an effort that takes.

My favorite thing to do with her is…

I think what I enjoy most is just getting to be together whether it being a trip, shopping or just a cup of coffee. I like having meaningful conversations about feelings, relationships, her work, and of course Iyla’s milestones.

Ways we are most similar…

We both have the same taste in clothes and love our daughters to the max.

Ways we are most different…

We have many differences. One is how we raise our children. I was a stay at home mom and she is a working mom which definitely makes a difference. Not better or worse, just completely different. I believe in smacking hands over yelling, or repeatedly moving the hands telling the child no. I do not believe in punishing out of anger though. However, I am open minded to watch her do it her way and see how it works out. I believe the a quick smack on a diapered or even a non-diapered rear end is an effective form of punishment. I raised 4 children and they were always welcome anywhere because they were so well behaved.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

I think our relationship is special because we make such an effort to try and understand what the other one feels. If we disagree, we talk about it and learn and grow closer because we are still learning about each other now that we are both women.



Mother-Daughter Memories from Bali


Jenna... While this post is LONG overdue, I still believe it is so important for me to write. As many of you know, I spent a month in Bali to get my yoga teacher certification. It was a deeply personal experience and I left with not only a new sense of self, but also 40 new amazing friends from all over the world who taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. Our … [Continue reading...]

Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Have a nice guilt trip

A humorous book titled "Have a Nice Guilt Trip" has just appeared on the bookshelves and eReader lists.  This fourth book of an essay series written by best-selling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella shares funny and warm stories about their family and how guilt is just a side effect of having and being a mother.  The publisher has given us the right to feature an excerpt … [Continue reading...]

Hugs, Kisses and…Hurt Feelings?

Ellen and Jenna3.FL.April 2014

Mothers fondly remember the days when they could cuddle and embrace their baby daughters openly with unconditional love. However, there comes a time when welcomed hugs and kisses can become embarrassing and annoying to their daughters. This week we reflect back on affection throughout our relationship and discuss what it means to us today: Ellen… About a week before Jenna comes home for a visit, … [Continue reading...]

Coming Home


In three short months, a lot has changed. Ellen has learned to let go and Jenna has come home with greater clarity about herself, her life’s mission and her relationships. Here are our thoughts about re-connecting after Jen's trip: Ellen… WOW, I can’t believe Jenna is coming home! (WOW, I will never say or write that word again without envisioning Jenna’s Bali sand art.) In some ways, it … [Continue reading...]

Guest Post by Kimberly McCoy: Connecting when Ocean’s Apart


Inspired by the MDF posts Letting Go and Relationship Reminders, friend and follower Kim McCoy writes from Sweden about how she and her mom created a  beautiful and lasting memory that connects them even though they're oceans apart: The oak chest stands in our bedroom. Like any other bureau, it contains the miscellaneous receipts, loose keys, scribbled-in notepads and screws that always seem to … [Continue reading...]

Between the Pages

Book lover

While we prefer different clothes, movies and music, we do have one thing in common - our taste in books! Find out how we use our love of reading as a way to bond and communicate: Ellen   "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  If Dr. Seuss was right, than I've traveled halfway around the world.  I've always loved reading … [Continue reading...]

Letting Go – Part 2

Woman reading book

We wrote in early April, right before Jenna left on her trip, about the process of letting go and our hopes that technology would help us stay connected despite being on opposite sides of the globe. We thought we let go then, but later realized there was more letting go to do! Here we share our feelings since we've been apart. Jenna... I haven't talked to my mom for the past week or so and … [Continue reading...]

Relationship Reminders


While photos are great reminders of happy times together, some mother-daughter pairs cherish other things that remind them of their special relationship.  These little reminders become especially important when we are separated by distance or struggling to find quality time together. Here are some ways that we honor our mother-daughter connection: Ellen... When my mother passed away, I … [Continue reading...]

Jenna Blogs from Thailand!

Jenna in Thailand

Jenna... As we've mentioned in some previous blog posts, I am currently on a three-month trip traveling in Bali, Thailand and Israel before I begin graduate school in August. While I knew it would be a transformative experience, I could have never imagined how much I would change and grow in such a short time - and I'm only halfway through my journey! While I've learned many things, especially … [Continue reading...]