When Evan was born and in the hospital, I had a timeline planned out in my head that we would be home by May. On April 20th, when Evan was in the operating room and the doctor came to tell us they stopped the surgery because he wasn’t strong enough yet, I knew that timeline just went straight out the window. As we asked his doctors when they would be able to try the surgery again, their … [Read more...] about 4 Powerful Lessons I’ve Learned About Waiting
In the times when Evan is in the hospital, I get a lot of texts asking how we’re doing that end with a “let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” Particularly in the beginning, I had a quick reflex to reply with a, “We’re getting by. Thanks!” As I’ve grown over the past couple of years, I’ve been much more willing to ask for what I need, but I think we all tend … [Read more...] about When You Feel the Need to Be Everything to Everyone
Remember those survey emails you used to get back in the day where you answered a bunch of questions about yourself and then had to send to 20-or-whatever people? I loved a good survey in those days, and, for some reason, I clearly remember that every time the “What are you afraid of?” question popped up, my answer was always “the unknown.” What makes the unknown scary … [Read more...] about A Place to Feel a Little Less Out-of-Control
Few things frustrate me as much as telling myself I’ll do something and then not doing it. It’s probably silly to be frustrated by myself, but I think we all do it. February is Heart Month, and, as you probably know, heart health matters quite a bit to my family. Last year, I participated in an Instagram challenge led by the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association of … [Read more...] about Is It Really All or Nothing?
Getting better, or even just being good, is often uncomfortable. Think of it like working out. Your muscles don’t just get stronger because you wish they would get stronger. Your muscles get stronger because you work them hard, you literally break them down, you’re sore afterward, and then they have to rebuild. To keep your muscles when you already have them, you have to do much the same … [Read more...] about Every challenge presents a lesson to be learned
I am a creature of routine. Sometimes to a fault, but I try to use it for good. So, I thought I would capitalize on my routine-mindset to start a little one on this blog, which I’m calling the Wednesday Words of Encouragement. Each Wednesday, I’ll share a little mantra and pep talk for the moms out there who are facing challenges, no matter what they are. I hope this brings some brightness … [Read more...] about I Can Be the Mom I Want to Be