Me & My Thoughts

In the Balance

April 1, 2014

I stand frozen, struggling to decide whether to continue moving forward along my metaphorical balance beam or to choose to jump off to the right or to the left. To my right, there is laughter; to my left there are tears. I have felt this way at other times in my life – most, but […]

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February 6, 2014

Please tell me I’m not the only one. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or worrying about Sarah Kate (or Nathan), or just some kind of pre-menopausal (I am now 44!) brain fog, but I’ve been frozen inside for the past several weeks. I sit down to write – something, anything! – and no […]

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Assuming the Scenario That Makes Me Smile

November 12, 2013

I have a confession to make. Some people may have suspected it for awhile, and even though I’d like to deny it, it’s time that I came clean. Maybe if I take the first step, another special needs mother (or two or three or four…) will do the same. Or maybe not … maybe I’m […]

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A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 2

October 31, 2013

Did you miss part 1 on Tuesday? Go here to get caught up. Do you know what’s on the other side of that concrete rail? That’s right. NOTHING. I’m not going to sugarcoat things and claim that once we got to our seats I wasn’t nervous anymore. I was scared witless. Mr. Andi tried very […]

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A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 1

October 29, 2013

Mr. Andi and I are both graduates of Auburn University, and back in the day when we didn’t have kids and lived two hours away (instead of three and a half) we had season football tickets. But a little over a decade ago we had Sarah Kate and moved and gave up those tickets. We’ve […]

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How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

September 18, 2013

Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny graciously invited me to contribute to her “Perfectly Human” series on her blog over at this week. The post begins: I was raised to achieve things. I was a third-generation valedictorian of my high school class, like […]

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It Ain’t All Sunshine and Rainbows: Two Things I Hate About Being a Special Needs Mom

September 10, 2013

My kids are awesome. I love them more than anything in the world, and I love being their mom. Are they perfect? No. Are they wonderful? Absolutely. By the same token, being a special needs mom is awesome, but it’s far from a perfect life. Here are two things about the special needs life that […]

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Think I’ve Got It All Together? Not Even Close.

February 26, 2013

Even though I bill this blog as a series of “warts and all” snapshots of our life, I often wonder if that is how you perceive it. Sometimes I think the answer is yes – many of you have expressed appreciation for my honesty and laughed with (at?) me over poo stories. But on the […]

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How Sick Days Are a Microcosm of Parenthood

February 21, 2013

As a mom, I use all of my senses to alert me to potential danger brewing with my kids. But the one that I depend on most is my ears. When Nathan awoke on Tuesday morning, he was running a fever. He’d acted puny the day before, so after we made it through car line, […]

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It’s a Rainy Day in the Neighborhood

January 10, 2013

I’m in a funk. I’ve been training for the Walt Disney World marathon for months. It’s not my first go ’round running a marathon. In fact, it’s not even the first (or the second) attempt at the Disney marathon in particular. But I did plan for it to be my best. In 2009, I was […]

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