Parenting Style?

Sometimes I think it’s easy to get caught up in parenting books, articles and/or groups on social media. Don’t get me started on “mom” groups on Facebook. Simply put, they’re the worst. I can’t AND won’t ever subject myself to such negativity and judgement. Anyway, a common question that seems to come up in these … Continue reading Parenting Style?

The “Coddling” Parent

Recently, I had a peculiar conversation with a woman waiting to pick up her grandchild while I waited for my daughter at her school. I usually get to avoid the awkward parent pick-up small talk because I have my glorious buffer in the form of my son with me. He runs around like a mad … Continue reading The “Coddling” Parent

A Tale of a Special Needs Parent

Take one Kids can be embarrassing, am I right?! Nothing gets you over embarrassment than being a parent, especially of a special needs child. Let me explain. Yesterday began just fine. Nothing out of the norm. We did have a blissful weekend of lazy mornings, so maybe being back in the swing of things made … Continue reading A Tale of a Special Needs Parent

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