Choose Life, Choose Adoption, Choose Love

The anticipation of the coming of a new baby into this world is almost too much to bear. Often eagerness and anxiety overwhelm the thoughts of the parents-to-be. Then, something remarkable happens. When they hold their baby for the first time, the fear fades. Instead, they are overcome with adoration and love for their tiny … Continue reading Choose Life, Choose Adoption, Choose Love

The Face We Call Pace

Our first child, Brynn, is adopted. Going through the adoption process is one of the most beautiful, memorable of experiences of my life. I will share more about it another day, but today I write about our boy. After years of Mark trying to impregnate me, we presumed we would never ride the pregnancy wave. … Continue reading The Face We Call Pace

No Such Thing (as a supermom)

My son quickly corrects me when I call him by his name, reminding me he is NOT Pace, he is Spiderman. In fact, he corrects just about everyone who calls him Pace. He’s so lucky he’s cute. He, then, follows up by calling me Super Mommy. Sure, in his eyes, I am a superhero. It’s … Continue reading No Such Thing (as a supermom)

The Woes of a Stay at Home Mom

I heard a comedian joke about stay at home moms once. “Oh, yah, that’s tough staying in your pajamas and watching T.V. all day.,” he said snarkily. Alright, I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. A skewed view, no doubt, but it was part of his bit. I can take a joke. Then … Continue reading The Woes of a Stay at Home Mom

Autism, Fear, & Elopement

Today, I arrived at my daughter’s school earlier than usual. I decided to surpass our normal routine of waiting in the pick up zone and parked my car in the lot. It was one of those days in the Pacific Northwest when the sun was out and temperatures mild. It’s basically mandatory to be outside … Continue reading Autism, Fear, & Elopement

Embracing & Celebrating Autism

Anyone who truly knows me, recognizes I’m not one to repress my feelings about anything. I’m especially candid about the difficulties of parenthood. Then, in our case, the addition of having a special needs child has caused me to become incredibly transparent. At times, I’ve fallen victim to pitying myself and our life. Every outing … Continue reading Embracing & Celebrating Autism

Autism Awareness

Hey guess what? April is World Autism Awareness Month AND today is World Autism Awareness Day! DUH! Okay. Okay. Maybe not everyone knows, but if you have a loved one or friend with Autism, you know all about it. In honor of this month, we celebrate our girl, Brynn. We celebrate her challenges, strengths, gifts … Continue reading Autism Awareness

How I Met Your Brother

For Boo. There’s a fertility doctor in Detroit, Michigan who owes me college tuition for my second born. You see, if you tell me “less than a 5% chance” of anything, I’m going to let my guard down. Like way down. Like I may never put my guard up again. I may never buy another … Continue reading How I Met Your Brother

Feeling Inadequate in Motherhood

Imagine a dream job you wanted, yearned, even ached for. You’ve tried to get this job for quite some time, but begin to lose hope you’ll ever get it. Then, one day, you get a call. A glorious, out-of-the-blue call. That’s right, you got the job! You are shocked, but overjoyed with the news. You’re … Continue reading Feeling Inadequate in Motherhood