Taking the Training Wheels Off

On Mothers Day, I had an epiphany. In five years, my oldest daughter probably won't be sharing this day with me. Because she will be away at college. And it hit me like a thud right where my heart and stomach meet. ...more

Autism is NOT a Punishment

I read a piece on Jezabel today which set my blood to boiling. It was about how Toni Braxton wrote in her memoir that she believed that God gave her son Autism as punishment for having an abortion earlier in life. No, really. Her exact words:...more
LeeLee1210 I'm very glad to hear that she doesn't feel that way anymore. I definitely understand ...more

I Called Dad but Dementia Answered

As has been the case a lot lately, the day just got away from me.  The plan is to visit with dad tomorrow.  But, it’s more on my mind that I didn’t see him yesterday or today.  It’s getting late.  My best guess is he’s likely already had his shower and is tucked in bed for the night.  I feel like I need to hear his voice.  The phone is right there by his bed on the nightstand.  His second roommate in five mont...more
220cortstreet Thank you for the comment.  Yes, I do know what you mean. Being grateful for what ...more

When My Husband Was Hospitalized, I Learned the Truth About 'In Sickness and In Health'

My husband was hospitalized during the last week of April for seven days.  He was dealing with issues concerning his heart, liver and kidneys.  We were married in August 2010.  This was the first time that either of us has been hospitalized since our wedding.  I learned a lot about him during that time.  I also learned a lot about being a caregiver and the issues surrounding that role.  Here are some of the insights that I gained, and continue to gain as I help him as he recuperates:...more
My husband has had three heart attacks this year... the first just a few weeks after our ...more

4 Ways To Save On Summer Camp

When I was growing up, I never got to go to summer camp. Both my parents worked and my oldest brother was in charge during the summer. Sometimes I remember the things we used to do and think it's amazing we all survived! I used to be jealous of the kids that got to go to summer camp....more

Occupy Mother's Day!

Grandparents' Day is September 7 this year. I had to Google it because I knew there was one, I just didn't know when....more

Dementia is Hard ... Especially Now

I invited my friend Joy DeKok to share her experiences with us and to speak about her mom who suffers from Dementia ... in honour of both caregivers and those affected by this terrible disease - especially on Mother's Day....more

An afghan as a symbol of regret...

My husband noticed something was wrong.At first I hesitated. Then I told him, "No, it's stupid.""I can tell something is wrong, what is it?""You're going to think this is stupid. Actually, it is  stupid. Ridiculous... [long pause]"... Last night, I dreamed of an afghan."Lest he think I meant an Afghan rather than the knitted blanket I envisioned, I hurriedly clarified:...more

5 Things I Learned About Myself Through Motherhood

This year marks my 6th year celebrating Mother’s Day as a mother. Reflecting back to my 1st Mother’s Day, Ellie was just a little over 2 months old at the time. Although sleep deprived, I was brimming with excitement over this new andcrazy amazing world I just entered. During these years, I’ve learned a great deal about being the chief caregiver, referee, and boo-boo fixer (just to name a few titles). Aside from learning tasks at hand, I’ve learned immensely about myself. Here are 5 notable things:1. I’m not that laid-back...more

Mother's Day: Somewhere in Between Us

Mother's Day is a bittersweet time for me and a difficult day for my grandmother.  We mourn the woman who connects us, the mother who made me want to be a mother, the daughter who made her a mother....more