mom stuff

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 I Learned to Love … Okay, Not Hate … the School Field Trip

October 17, 2013

If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you know I hate field trips. I’m a natural introvert (though I can fake extroversion pretty easily after years of practice), so being in a group with strangers and casual acquaintances is draining, not energizing. For years, field trips were also a punch in the gut. There’s nothing […]

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It’s Thursday, Which Makes It Day Four of the New Paradigm

October 10, 2013

Not to overdramatize a situation that, while disturbing, is admittedly not a major crisis – Sarah Kate’s leg will heal, the scar will not be enormous, and we count ourselves lucky that it wasn’t much, much worse – but I still feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under me. When she […]

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The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat … and Something New to Trouble Me

October 8, 2013

I am defeated. After several weeks of watching Sarah Kate struggle with one of the worst growth spurts she’s faced, I began to wonder if the orthopedist was wrong and we couldn’t afford to wait two more years to consider surgery. She couldn’t stand for softball practice, and her “crouch” was highly pronounced. It was […]

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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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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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5 Things I’ve Learned in My 10 Years as a Special Needs Mom

July 2, 2013

1. Doctors don’t know as much as you think they do. Jokes about Dr. Google abound, and rightfully so. The ease of internet searching weighed against the expense and hassle of going to the doctor sends many people to the (always accurate and dependable!) World Wide Web in search of answers to their health questions, […]

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