A Mother’s Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day I may have lunches to pack instead of chocolate to eat,

I may be gifted messes instead of flowers,

I may be wiping away boogies instead of putting on makeup,

I may be dining on boxed mac and cheese instead of a restaurant meal,

I may have bedtime duty instead of a date night,

But my heart is full of gratitude because I am a mom to some special little valentines. 

To The Parents Who Just Found Out Their Baby Has A Congenital Heart Defect

To The Parents Who Just Found Out Their Baby Has A Congenital Heart Defect:

I know you are scared, friend. I know all too well.

My first baby was diagnosed prenatally at 21 weeks with a CHD. We were devastated and scared. Following the announcement of “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” was the almost immediate declaration that something was seriously wrong with the structure of her heart. With our second child, our son, it wasn’t until he was 2 months old that we learned of his CHD diagnosis. Continue reading

Finding Kindness While Holiday Shopping

I haven’t been writing much lately as all things Holidays have been consuming most of my brain-space most of the time. However, today I had an experience that I felt warranted being shared with the world.

I was out running some errands and doing some holiday shopping for some odds and ends that I needed to pick up. I had my 3-year-old in tow as I made my way into a Michael’s craft store. I had a coupon, and I swear I was only going to get ONE thing. But, we all know how that goes. Continue reading

My Children Don’t Have A Clue

“Into the great wide open; Under them skies of blue; Out in the great wide open; A rebel without a clue.”
-Tom Petty

As I snapped this picture a week or so ago, I was thinking of these song lyrics. Just this verse played on repeat in my head.

The beautiful blue sky above and my two beautiful kiddos running with abandon through a field at their favorite park. Yes, my two little rebels without a clue.
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