To the mama who is waiting

I have spent a fair amount of time waiting over the last several years. Waiting for a foster license. For a foster baby. For a court date. For an adoption. For the time to say

There’s just something about a mother’s eyes

"The chicken needs a bit more salt," I advised as I handed over the brown paper sack stuffed with the makings of a taco dinner. She took the bag, this perfect stranger, and looked back

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Wonderful You: Giveaway + Book Review

"This one, mommy."   "OK," I say in a voice much more cheerful than I feel.   My daughter plucks a book out of the basket in which we keep our weekly plunder from the

Born Broken: A must read for all moms who sometimes fear they aren’t enough

My friends Mike and Kristin Berry at Confessions of an Adoptive Parent  recently gave me the opportunity to read Kristin's new book that just released this week:     Born Broken by Kristin Berry

How I really feel about the Duggars — and why

Writer's note: I thought long and hard about whether to post the following blog. Have I met my purpose in writing by my first post about the Duggars? Will this be construed as getting on

A letter to my postpartum self

Dear postpartum body of mine, Most of the time, I start letters with something like, "You know, it's been awhile since we talked ..." Except that would be a lie. I talk to you all

The Domino

 Some people have said that we are resilient. That we have persisted, and held on to hope. The truth is ... Last year at this time I was ready to call it quits. I asked

I don’t do mom’s groups

This morning was mom's group.  It's my mid-week sanctuary. A little splice of time I which I need to contribute nothing to anyone --- just soak in sweet  coversation with my friends, escape from parenting

If this is what it means to be great — you can have it back

Dear baby,  You are sleeping here, peacefully in my arms.  I look at you, and I know how precious you are. That's what we mamas do best right? We see the value in our children,

5 things you should never to say to a woman whose baby has died

Tonight, I went to our local chapter of M.E.N.D -- a pregnancy loss support meeting. And you know what? People are saying the same old ignorant, hurtful things to women having a pregnancy loss as

What love does when you’re afraid

This post was written back in May ... But as I was sorting through my draft file, I found this little gem, and realized I'm working through all of this love/fear/faith stuff now more than

Giving birth to Eleanor Grace

Ok friends ... A few things to note before you dive in: - Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, whatever's your thing), and get cozy. I plan to be verbose in this post, and

Living Through Loss: 7 ways to survive & thrive

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