For us, it wasn’t just a matter of wanting to be parents. We were meant to be parents, which made our years of infertility difficult to endure. We went to doctors, weighed our options, and seemed to always conclude we’d rather adopt than go through IVF. Adoption has touched our families on mine and Mark’s … Continue reading Easy-Shmeezy
Okay, it’s time to be real. I was handling this whole COVID thing pretty well up until about a week and a half ago. It slowly crept in. I pushed it aside at first, as I usually do, until I felt as if I was drowning. Drowning in the demands, needs, and whines of my … Continue reading Drowning
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?
I love seeing all the darling family pictures from Christmas Sunday services. It's embarrassing to say I even envy them a bit. Our Sunday service today in retrospect was, well, comical. We usually try our darnedest to arrive to church at least 10 minutes early, allowing us to get the spot we want. We prefer … Continue reading Holiday Time and Autism
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
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
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
This is just a regular old day for most of you. For us, it’s our wedding anniversary AND our amazing friend, Tricia’s birthday AND the former Mr. and Mrs. Federline’s anniversary. That’s right, we got married on the same day as Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. I’m happy to proclaim our marriage has surpassed the … Continue reading Our Magic Formula
There are few places on this Earth where the separation of before, now and after is as thin and obvious as what you may find in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of your local hospital. Call it what you will – religious, spiritual or even scientific – but there is something unexplainable and beyond … Continue reading I need you to fight.
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