This moment is not what I pictured. Instead of Thanksgiving Day prep and play time with one of our favorite kids, Charlie and I will stay home while l spend today hugging the toilet. I’m supposed to be making a pumpkin roll and cream cheese grape salad. I am not supposed to be taking little […]Read more "Picture Perfect"
Growing up, were you Ariel? Perhaps Cinderella or Jasmine? My personal favorite was Belle. Who wouldn’t want an endless supply of books and croissants at her fingertips? As I got older, I developed an appreciation for Toy Story. Imagine loving toys as a symbol of childhood, wonder and innocence. Sounds perfect. But it wasn’t until […]Read more "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
I recently read some advice to embrace the chaos in my life, and I smiled a knowing smile. The smile was one that says, “YES. I know that feeling.” Let me explain. Once, after my son’s third heart surgery, it appeared he would not be going home with the achieved goals so carefully set out […]Read more "Staying Alive (One Beat at a Time)"
Mom, It would be nice if I were chatting with you on the phone right now. Is it olive oil or salt that I add to a pot of boiling water prior to dropping in the noodles? Or both? I would tell you how the boys caught a spider on a bug hunt just for […]Read more "Dear Mama"
Though it’s been over two decades, I remember gathering around my grandma’s table for Sunday supper like it was yesterday. Kindness and laughter were on the menu, and love was served right alongside mountains of mashed potatoes and pieces of cherry cheese pie. There’s nothing like a table full of food enjoyed with loved ones, […]Read more "Gather Around"
I’ve arrived at my long awaited destination, a place called happiness. For so long, I’ve been actively choosing happiness one thought, one word, and one action at a time. All in the midst of immense sadness. I’d force a smile backed by a thousand prayers; each laugh was a struggle to maintain as I grappled […]Read more "Arrived"
I want to share some times in my life in which seeing color mattered. The palette for our existence is full of limitless hues, but from the moment my son was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect, the shades of love surrounding me became more vibrant and extensive than any other time in my […]Read more "Color"