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The first time I found out I was pregnant was September 10, 2011.  I was on a business trip to Toronto for work and I bought a charming digital French pregnancy test that pronounced me both pregnant and "enceinte."...
This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  The familiar wave of nausea had hit me hard. I crawled back in bed only to find myself huddled in the bathroom once again five minutes later. I had one...
“Is Josh still a baby or is he grown up?” asks my sweet rainbow girl from the backseat. I look at her dad, our eyes share the same sadness. “I’m not sure baby girl. I kind of hope he’s still...
Please don’t ask me when I’m having another baby.  I know I’m having fun with my friend’s chunky little infant. You know why? Because I love babies. They’re adorable and just begging to be cuddled and kissed. While I know...
Hello darling son, I’ve often wondered how I would share about the brother and sister that came before you. I’ve wondered how I would explain that although you are the first one to come home with us there were two...
I was a mother for almost two years before I held my daughter. Though she was the first baby I held in my arms, she was not the one who made me a mother.  The one who made me...
  It all started as a normal day. While my daughters were preoccupied with princesses and ponies, I had this small voice telling me to take a pregnancy test. My husband and I had been hoping and praying for our...
One in four pregnancies end in loss. That is one of the statistics that if I heard it before February 22, 2013 I must have not listened. I mean those kinds of things only happen to other people. Not to...
I wrote this blog a few months ago. But I had to put it down for awhile. Revisiting my ectopic pregnancy in too much detail still makes me tear up. I’m literally crying right now. Geez. But no one warned...

Finding Our Song

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I became a mother on April 14, 2016. In truth I had been one through the whole pregnancy, in all its brevity. But on that day, I held the tiny bodies of my first son and my daughter. And...
As I was wrapping up this blog submission, the news flashed across my screen: another school shooting. Admittedly I was taken aback, again. I was shocked, heartbroken, furious, and instantly devastated for the families involved. No matter how many...
Missing a loved one at the “most wonderful time of year” is always hard. Grief loves to squeeze into the happy moments and remind us that they could be a little happier, “if only…” When you’ve had years of holidays...
The past 365+ days have tested me. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death due to Alzheimer’s. I hate the word Alzheimer’s with a passion. It robbed me of the patriarch of my family. In January, my brother -...
I could only see the ceiling tiles as they rolled me down the hallway, the lights passing in fluorescent blobs. As we turned the corners, I worked to steady my hips on the wedge holding them at an angle...
"I don't want to watch this anymore." I said it horsely as tears welled up in my eyes. My husband quickly turned off the Netflix show that we were watching--GLOW. We were only a few episodes in and while the...

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The Mom’s Guide to the Kansas City Museum

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This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Museum. After seven years of being closed for renovations, the Kansas City Museum reopened in 2021 after...
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