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Finding Unexpected Moments of Grace in Infertility

Yesterday I had the honor of being featured on Liz Shaw’s website, Bumps to Baby. I talk a lot on here about life AFTER babies. About Charlie and special needs and twins and grace and prayer and stress and tears and laughs and all the other things that go along with motherhood. I think I have a touch of PTSD from our infertility struggles. It was SO hard for SO long and there were so

Remembering That Your Husband is Sexy as Swayze

Things have been heavier over here on the blog, so how about a little fun? I miss the 80s. The scrunchies. The off-the shoulder sweatshirts. The cartoons that weren’t in 3D and didn’t stop to talk to you. And I miss Patrick Swayze…the Swayze of Dirty Dancing in his tight black t-shirts and jeans. It only took ten minutes of a re-run on cable last week to get me completely dissatisfied with life. It also

6 Science-Backed Reasons to Expose Your Kids to Diversity

We all know diversity is a good thing. We all know it’s a fight worth the undertaking to expose our children to different religions, races, disabilities, thinkers. What would the world be if Pollock tried to paint like Renoir? Or if school only taught science? Or every kid spoke the same language? Unfortunately, it’s getting harder to fight the good fight. So if you’re a parent out there in the midst of it, here’s a

Three Embryos Remain: Why I Will Never Have a Last Child

I haven’t talked much about the “how” part of how we got Charlie and the twins. Most people don’t quite understand all that goes in to IVF…the science or the physical, emotional and spiritual tolls. I know I didn’t. We were knee deep in it before we realized the kind of decisions we’d be called to make. For most people, “when to have the last baby” is relatively straightforward. You waver, for sure, and you

The Competitive Sport of Mothering (Sunday Thoughts #11)

GENESIS 29:16-18 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” GENESIS 29:22-25 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.

When the Parent is the Bully

This happened. It shouldn’t have. But it did. As the parent of a special needs child, you brace yourself for the bullying. Difference draws attention and not all of that attention is positive. But I did not expect it at the grocery store with my son and from another mother. I did not handle it well. I did not advocate as I should have. Shock can throw you off your game. But I’m sharing now

Tricks of the (Special Needs) Trade

Last week I collectively spent three hours on the phone with the office of Charlie’s geneticist. It was over the space of four phone calls with an average hold time of twenty minutes each. This gave me plenty of time to think. It was a snafu on their part that caused the time suckage. Someone on their end forgot to schedule the quarterly ultrasounds. Therefore, we had an appointment with the doctor…and nothing to talk

The Writing Life

The Writing Life If Week in Review is a list of accomplishments, all mine go in the writing category. Here’s a list of the articles that came out last week from yours truly!   5 Ways to Date Your Spouse Without Leaving the House in Her View From Home.  (Let us all think back eons ago to Valentine’s Day for this one.)                   To the Man Who

The Cushion (Sunday Thoughts #10)

MATTHEW 19:16-22, 26 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”  18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false

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