Living a One-Armed Life

I did not lose an arm. I kinda lost an arm. It's holding a baby and has left me with one arm available to complete every task, alone. I joked with my husband when I had my son about my one armed life. Oh, the things I could with just one arm. My son liked me, no, loved the bejeezus out of me. I was his pacifier. He wanted to be held and rocked and bounced until I couldn't do it anymore, but I still continued to do it because he needed it. ...more
I am almost ashamed to admit how often I wear my little girl (even at 6 months) so that I can ...more

Why I Blog, To Celebrate the Simple Every Day, One Story At A Time

After my daughter Zoe was diagnosed, I would find myself in the middle of the night at my bookcase searching for the right book. I had filled more than two shelves, overflowing with books about understanding the special needs child. Books about epilepsy, sensory disorders, inclusive education, cognitive issues, and in a way.. all of these books were helpful. Reading all of these books taught me to parent with more confidence....more

The Mothering Job - Yes, the Mom Holiday is Over but Shouldn't Everyday be our Day?

...When rooms are trashed and eyes are rolled, love is there. MORE...more

Mom Torture: Surviving the Dark Spots of Mothering

Mom torture n. 1 emotional pain experienced by a woman when her child is in distress 2 a strategy used to weaken a mother's resolve in regard to her own beliefs and practices 3 a primary cause of sleepless nights See also tough love....more
Thank you for this post. That list of examples left me in tears; 7 of them are relevant or have ...more

Hopes for Myself as a Mother

It’s an odd place to get parenting advice, but the best story regarding mothering I ever heard was from Penn Jillette on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF. Penn talked about how his mother’s philosophy was that she loved and cherished her children for who they were, from the moment of birth, and never for what they did. She delighted in their joys, but it was never about accomplishments....more

Don't mess with Mama (Blogging my book idea)

I've had a book idea rummaging around in my head for about a year now. I even went so far as to create a book proposal (grueling work!) and send it to four Christian literary agents. The two agents that responded to me said, Important topic, excellent writing, tight market, please don't give up. Translation: no. Yet, God didn't remove the thoughts from my head. No, She (God, that is) moved things around a bit and kept the call to write the book on my heart....more

What Would Betty Friedan Say about the "Lean In" Debate?

The contractions started at 7,000 feet. I was on a plane from San Francisco to Chicago to pitch a new client for our advertising agency. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with my second child, I had just been promoted to vice president and was eager to prove my worth. My career was on fire. So was my belly. ...more
LisenStromberg you're welcome. Been on a blogging hiatus myself. Picked quite a week to not be ...more

*Forever Changed"

On the steering wheel, my husband’s knuckles shown white. I leaned forward to watch the pink dawn illuminate the Cincinnati skyline.            He glanced over. “May I speed?”            I winced and nodded. “I reckon this is the only time you can.”            He snickered as he ran a red light. I stared out the window and murmured....more

Redefining the "Stay-at-Home-Mom"

Alright ladies, here are your choices:HousewifeHomemakerStay-at-home-momOr the ever ambitious sounding-Unemployed.Awesome…  ...more