Were you an orchid child? Are you an orchid parent?
For the first several years of my married life, I tried to grow a few houseplants from time to time, but I forgot to water them and they died. When I got pregnant, my husband joked that if I couldn’t keep a plant alive, I’d never be able to care for a baby. Then I…Continue Reading
The Year We Almost Ruined Christmas
“Did Santa come already?” my five-year-old asked on Christmas Eve, his eyes shining.Continue Reading
Are worry and anxiety the same thing?*
The afternoon my husband carried our newborn upstairs and laid him in his crib, I became a worrier. How much is too much worrying?Continue Reading
Motherhood Lessons from an Empty Nest
I’m a slow learner of life sometimes, so the universe (or God, or a higher power) has no choice but to thwack me on the head with a spiritual 2X4 to make me pay attention. My biggest thwack was my son’s brain tumor.Continue Reading
Post-traumatic growth–the end of the pandemic tunnel?
I’ve been thinking about that phrase, “The light at the end of the tunnel.” At this stage of the pandemic, I can still see the light, but it feels like this damn tunnel keeps getting longer and longer.Continue Reading
Distraction in the time of COVID-19.
Today, I needed a distraction. My emotions are so close to the surface, I can’t even watch or read happy and uplifting stories without crying because they remind me how much is at stakeContinue Reading
Mom would have been proud.
Mom was one of the biggest supporters of my writing journey and my goal of publishing my memoir.Continue Reading
Golden Moments: the silver lining of aging.
Early in the morning before my mom died, my dad coined the phrase “golden moments.’Continue Reading
Thirty-two years ago…reminiscing about motherhood.
I was prepared for a typical child. And I expected to be a perfect mom. Matthew and I were neither.Continue Reading
Reframing my reflection.
When I first heard of the concept of reframing a situation, I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around what it meant. Recently, through the process of writing my memoir, it started to make sense. Telling the story about my son’s brain tumor is the easy part of writing my memoir. I first wrote most of…Continue Reading