The Journey of Acceptance: A Parent’s Perspective

Today is International Day of Acceptance. A day when people all over the world vow publicly to accept and embrace their challenges and support others no matter their abilities.  As parents, when we think of this day and what that actually means, most of us probably think about asking others to accept our children the way they were born, […]

Finding Purpose In Every Season

This was a huge year for us. If I had to pick one word to summarize, it would be CHANGE.  We saw a new diagnosis, the start of preschool, and a change of home (or at least, living in a transitional home).  It was my first year not having my career. We had Ashlynn’s first […]

Celebrating World CP Day!

World Cerebral Palsy Day!  This day is not just to raise awareness, but also to celebrate the lives and achievements of both those living with CP and the amazing people/ organizations that support and love them. The goal of the day is to create a powerful voice for the CP community in order to enhance […]

One Year & Counting

Last week, our beautiful Ashlynn turned one year old. I’d ask myself, “where has the time gone?”  But, I know that from the nonstop chaos of this year, it’s just literally flown right by us. We’ve had a wonderful year with Ashlynn and our family. When she was born, we had so many uncertainties. We […]

Speak Your Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes

First and foremost, I have to apologize for my recent blogging absence! I have not forgotten about you all!! From now on, I will be back on schedule with some great posts that are all ready to go!! To say I got a little overwhelmed with all the recent events going on all at once […]

The Great Balancing Act act – an action or activity that requires a delicate balance between different situations or requirements. When it comes to having time to do things, I always feel like the grass is greener. Sometimes, I’ll see other moms and for example, I’ll think to myself: “Wow! She has three kids, two dogs, looks great, they […]

Pain For Progress

Pain and Fear.  Two distinctly separate things.  Yet, in my current season, I’ve become more aware of how they go hand –in- hand.  I am afraid of pain, both physical and emotional. It’s uncomfortable. It makes me not think clearly. It makes me act in a way I don’t like. I can’t function when I am in pain. So, I […]

“I’m Sorry”

It’s ok. I know the news can be shocking. I know you might not know what to say. I know what you must be thinking… only because we thought it too. What started out as a letter telling you what NOT to say, turned into a letter about why it’s ok to say exactly how […]

I Loved You First

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Osho      In my younger years, I was never really the type of woman that wanted to have children. I was never good with babies […]

Acknowledge the Storm, but Celebrate the Rainbow

“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm; when a rainbow appears, it does not mean that the storm did not happen or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst […]

God Lives In The NICU

I don’t think anything can prepare you for seeing your tiny angel laying in a plastic bassinet connected to an unlimited amount of wires and cords…I hated those cords. I hated the noises the machines made. I hated all the sounds of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I hated the fact that I had to ask a stranger for […]

Dancing In The Rain

It’s easy to be a happy person and give praise to God when things are going great in your life. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Nordstrom is having 40% off of EVERYTHING!! Things fall perfectly into place for you- “Thank you God for such a beautiful, easy time. Whoo hoo! My. Life. […]

The Arrival of Our “Wait-and-See” Day

After receiving the results of Ashlynn’s head ultrasound at 2 weeks old, Chris and I knew there was a possibility of a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis.  Of course we did what any parent does when we want more info… headed straight to Google to research “PVL”, which was the only diagnosis we were given at that time. […]

A New Beginning

It’s been quite a journey these past couple of years- one that I would like to share…not because I have it all figured out – not even close, but more so, if me talking about our journey helps just one person- even if it’s myself, then it’s all worth it! I guess I will start […]