Saying Yes to the Unexpected

Moments after giving birth to my first child, still in the delivery room, I forgot my exhaustion and pain the moment I held my newborn. A surge of motherly love rose up in my heart combined with a sense of awe at the miracle of creation as I examined tiny, perfectly formed fingers and toes....more

5 Things My Mother Told Me

My mother is a person who doesn't say much. In fact, she’s quite introverted – like me. She’s also not very expressive. At least she never used to be, but that was before she had grandchildren. Now it’s hugs and kisses all around....more

Don't move. I'll be right back.

A tragedy happened last night. I'm sure that the twitter and Facebook users in my neck of the woods have been all over it, but since I don't do either, I'll have to blog about it.A child was knocked down by a moving vehicle when he ran into the road. He initially suffered a broken arm, but later succumbed to his injuries, so his family is now in mourning.His mother said that she went to the corner shop and told the child not to move. The yard where she lives is unfenced and is on a main road. The child was two years old....more

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