*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

Staring Back...When Your Daughter Looks Different

My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.  Besides the fact that she's still in treatment she's just a normal 7 year old girl... It's human nature to look at something you don't understand.To look longer to try to get an idea of what it is you are seeing.An extended gaze that often turns into a stare....more

La Leche League Rejects Transgendered Man, So I Resigned

When I began my journey to becoming a La Leche League Leader, if someone had told me I would send my resignation a few short years later, with a flourish over a transgendered man, I would have raised my eyebrows, and laughed.Yet, here I am. ...more
Thank you for speaking out and sharing.  Hopefully as suggested in the comment thread, this will ...more

When The Chicks Come Home To Roost

Coming home after years of being away ... the title a tad deceiving because in this case, my son coming home is NOT a bad thing. Having my oldest come back home to regroup is a smart move right now, and I applaud it. He is 19. He is my adventurous one. My one that was never settled. Never easy to comfort. Never could sit still. Was often sickly and allergic and slightly ADD. He is returning from Seattle where he lived with my boys' dad. I know it is just until he gets a better employment opportunity. Hopefully he will enroll in school....more

Missing my mom

Dear Mom,I can’t believe that tomorrow you will be gone 2 years.  Just for the record I miss you more every day.  I don’t think I took our relationship for granted but I didn’t realize how integral you were in my life.  As time goes on that is more prevalent to me.  I think it’s that Mother to Mother connection.  Even though, so much of me want to be different than you – I do quote you....more

Growing up...

TIME JUST AMAZES me. I feel like I watch my children each day and before my eyes they grow up and I don't always appreciate until moments like today. My peanut boy joined Cub Scouts today. It was a little like deja vu watching him with all his new scout mates. It seem like just yesterday I was taking my oldest to Scouts and my peanut wasn't even born yet. For so long is was just the robot boy and me. Now I'm on to a new stage of the these little guys growing up and...Continue reading......more

Joyful Chaos

 The Joy of Mothering ...more
 @motherofnine9 That makes me so happy I could cry. Thank you, Amiga, for your kind words.more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
My little boy says the same thing!  But when he's left alone to work and concentrate he is ...more