Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband after loss & infertility

That you have seen me at my absolute worst, and still loved me, still wanted me. That you proved you were in this through thick and thin, through life and through death.

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When grief doesn’t look like grief

Sometimes sadness looks like anger. Sometimes depression looks like numbness. Sometimes anxiety looks like underwhelm. Sometimes acceptance looks like staying put and not moving on. Sometimes loss looks like love. Sometimes self-preservation looks like fear.

5 Confessions from the Foster & Adoptive Journey

Today, I'm thrilled to be one of Mike Berry's stops on his blog tour featuring his new book, "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent." Y'all . . . As an adoptive parent, the hard truth is there are some

The controversial sleep decision you need to make for your baby

I was not going to be the mom who needed an Owlet, a Snuza or any other fancy-pancy, expensive baby monitoring device for this baby. After all, I'd raised three other babies already without any

  • 6 things you do differently in pregnancy after loss

6 Things You Do Differently in Pregnancy After Loss

Pregnancy comes with a lot of expectations. From home pregnancy tests to routine prenatal care to baby showers, expecting moms often breeze through these milestones with ease. Sure there are the heartburn complaints and the

No room at the inn

I can tell you that for a country full of people dedicated to the idea of Christmas being around a baby born in a barn, few are willing to open their own barns because of the inconvenience, the mess, the uncertainty of it all.

Foster care: How to say goodbye — and then say hello

I wrote the following two years ago, in the middle of Z transitioning to his bio family.  Today, two years later, I am meeting with his bio mom to drop off his photo book of

Dear This Is Us — If you’re going to start the talk, make sure to continue the conversation

THIS IS US -- "Number Two" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) Ron Batzdorff/NBC | 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Dear writers

Having a Baby After Loss: 7 Feelings that Might Catch You by Surprise

After 5 years of trying for a baby -- and 5 losses along the way -- I was ready to call it quits. I asked my husband to get a vasectomy. He said he wasn't

8 ways you can honor your grief while celebrating the holidays

I'll never forget my first Christmas after loss. Less than a week before that Christmas, my fallopian tube ruptured, and we lost the little baby we had already loved so much. In the midst of my loss, I went

Book review & giveaway: Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott

Here's the deal: I don't know how to do a book review without being straight-up honest. So I'm going to tell you that when I saw that the new book by Sarah Philpott (whom I adore)

There’s a trick-or-treater missing this Halloween

There's a a trick-or-treater missing from your doorstep this Halloween. Our family rings your bell, our kids in tow, all cute and adorable, and you say so. And just before you close the door, you

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