Be The Soft Place For Them To Fall

We do a lot of things for our children.

We drive them to sports and activities.

We sign them up for dance classes and music lessons.

We coordinate play dates with their friends.

We practice sight words and math problems, and make science fair displays with them.

We plan walks and bike rides and arts and crafts projects.

But sometimes, at the end of a long day, the best thing we can do is to be the soft place for them to fall.

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