Me & My Thoughts

On Clouds and Sunshine

July 10, 2014

It probably comes as no great shock to hear that I have struggled with the blog this summer. What you may not know is why. It’s not a lack of time or a shortage of topics that plagues me, but a fear of ripping off my emotional Band-Aids and letting the wounds ooze out onto […]

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Time to Bleed

June 26, 2014

Six years. Over half of Sarah Kate’s life … All of Nathan’s (plus two years) … All of the time that we’ve lived in Mayberry  … One-third of the length of our marriage … That’s how long I served on the national council of Sigma Kappa sorority, and on Saturday night, that era came to […]

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How Momma Got Her Groove Back

May 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie invited me to join her at a scrapbooking retreat. I’ve always believed in the value of photo albums, not just as a lasting record of our lives, but as a way to reinforce to kids that they are treasured family members. All of our family photos were destroyed when our […]

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6 Signs My Stress Level Has Reached Its Peak

May 13, 2014

1. I desperately need to exercise, but I don’t want to do it. It’s probably more accurate to say that I want to exercise to let off some steam, but I dread it and have to force myself to go because I know that my body is so tightly wound that every running step will […]

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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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Frozen

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 Patheos.com 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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