Dear Charlie

He stole my heart from the moment I saw him, and he knows it. I love him more than words can say. I once worried that, as a product of a divorce, he would struggle with understanding what love is and what love isn’t. But at two and a half, my son (like all children) […]

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Words carry such power. Such force. So much meaning. Being called “smart” by your college professor does not elicit the same feelings as your mom saying the same. “Be brave” carries a vastly different message when it’s said to a child before open heart surgery than when it’s told to an adult before an interview. The […]

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This whole world is new to me. It’s not so much that the world has changed; it’s me that’s undergoing the transformation. I’m experiencing growing pains as my values, perspective, wants and needs are so unlike what they once were. Much is still the same …I still believe in adventure and going after what I […]

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Let’s Go for a Bike Ride

It’s been a while since I went for a bike ride, but I know I’d have no problem pedaling and steering while enjoying the breeze. It’s like that with riding a bike, right? Just hop on and go. Once you know how, you never forget. Except what happens if you recently fell and you’re riding […]

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Just the Mom

  It’s not enough that I’m left at poverty level to raise a tiny toddler with a severe heart defect, I also have to watch as the man that left us drops in for occasional play dates. Doctors appointments? Not so much. Diaper changes? Nah. The in and outs that concern Charlie’s medical needs? Nope. […]

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November 29th

Certain dates will always stay with me…the day my son was born, my own birthday, the day I was married, and the date of my son’s heart surgeries are all etched into my memory as unforgettable life changers. There are a couple of others that I would rather not be a part of my story, […]

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