The birds and the bees talk continues

I did blush, well internally for sure.  You see there was never any talk about our bodies and what they do when I was growing up.  My mother signed the permission slip for first, the film strip in 4th grade, and then the movie in 5th grade about puberty and all that goes along with that.  When I got home after each event, she asked if I had any questions.  Yep that was the extent of my learning about my body and what it could do as a girl and woman....more

The cat's among the pixies now

Hallie's pen and ink tribute to Padfoot as drawn through her tears while listening to The Order of the Phoenix...more

PHOTOS: Why We Walked the Walk and Marched for Justice

The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I call St. Louis home, and the events ...more

Be Still: Part One


Parenting Another Woman's Child

One of the things that haunts me most as an adoptive mother is the knowledge that these children I am blessed with were first loved by someone else. They were originally someone else's child. Someone out there shares my same love.

A surprise on my doorstep

Yesterday was my birthday and you knew that right? It’s not like I’ve been keeping it a secret LOL! The day was spent in my favorite way with my family doing family stuff and sneaking in some house stuff.  Curtains hung as we continue to settle into our home after more than a year....more

A Letter to My Kids on National Adoption Day

This morning started off like most others. You two were up at the crack of dawn. You charmed Daddy into giving you each a brownie for breakfast while I was in the shower.  Kaden, you had us all laughing until our sides hurt when you pulled open you pajama shirt to reveal the "tattoo" of your own name you'd given yourself with a contraband pen across your chest. We knew you'd done it while looking in the mirror, painstakingly forming each letter, because they were all backwards....more

Homeward Bound!

The Legacy of "A Better Mother"

"I Get To Be The One"

Today the focus of Monday's Many Thanksgivings is the humble gratitude I feel in that "I Get To Be the One"! What a privilege it is to get to be Turkey-Man's everyday mama!