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  • Mother’s Day 2021

    Someone recently said to me…’your hands are sure full.’ And when I responded with an ‘um yep.’ She said…’better full then empty I always say.’ And I’ve thought about her words many times since. My hands are very full and soon, when baby is born, filled to capacity. Full is good. Full is amazing. But it’s also chaotic and loud…

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  • We Can’t Be Scared Anymore

    I remember years ago, when my son was first diagnosed with autism, a mother of a child with needs saying to me… ‘I have five children in total, one with… Read More

  • You are My Best Teacher

    Cooper, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Our tenth one together. And while traditionally the child would be saying nice things about the mom, I’m switching it around this… Read More

  • A Trip to the Zoo

    Today we visited the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. It’s a smallish, local zoo that is perfect for our boys. And with covid state restrictions, the capacity is limited and… Read More

  • I’m Lucky Enough to be Your Mom

    My Dearest Nicholas, You made me a mother six years ago. My first Mother’s Day was spent in the NICU. You came into this world with a number of challenges.… Read More

  • Don’t Mistake My Kindness for Weakness

    I’ve thought and thought on this subject.  I’ve taken every inflection and word to heart. And, I simply don’t agree.   I’ve been told on more than one occasion, “Why… Read More

  • Hope is Just a Dream

    I spent the first four years of my son’s life in a frantic state of hope. A hope that he would be “healed” like so many of the stories I… Read More

  • Big Things in Our World

    So today, we did something really brave. Something that’s been on our goal list for years. We took our son Cooper to a restaurant. Now I know to most folks… Read More

  • Facing My Fears

    Yesterday I visited my dad in a nursing home. It’s funny how our mind and our heart can play tricks on us. Meaning, I understood he was in there, but… Read More

  • A Lesson We All Need to Learn

    I’m at this point in my life, silly as it may sound, where I try to figure out the lesson when things happen. What did I learn from this? How… Read More

  • Complicated Beauty

    One of the things I’ve learned as I’ve aged is that there is more than one way to look at something. Most things are complicated. Intricate I guess. They aren’t… Read More

  • To the Mom of a Child with a Disability this Mother’s Day

    I am thinking about you today. I want you to know that everything you do matters. When you crawl into bed at night, aching from your temples to your toes,… Read More

  • The Special Mother

    Did you ever wonder how mothers of disabled children were chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over the earth selecting his instruments of propagation with great care and deliberation. As… Read More

  • An Amazing Gift

    See that man on the left there? He stopped by our home today to do business with Cooper’s dad. When he walked in…Cooper gasped. And pointed. And waved. Now knowing… Read More

  • I See You Mama, But Do You See Me?

    Dear mama with normal children, “Normal? What is normal?” you might be asking. “Is that even politically correct?” Honestly, I’m not sure because I’m tired. And I don’t spend my… Read More

  • This Time Was Different, But Not Really

    I have a terrible memory, but I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was a 23-year-old single mom. I was recently divorced, working 3 jobs, and had absolutely… Read More

  • Thriving Instead of Surviving

    I came across an old post on my personal Facebook page that I wrote two years ago, on April 5th, 2019. That was a pivotal day for me, one that… Read More

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