Writing another article for The Decent Mom has been on my mind for weeks now. Inspiration finally struck me as I listened to Oprah interview Sarah Ban Breathnach. The interview is great. Love or hate Oprah, her interviewing skills are beyond reproach and her Super Soul Conversations never fail to impress. Ban Breathnach's genius book, Simple Abundance, … Continue reading Writing The Decent Mom: What I Share with Sarah Ban Breathnach
On December 5th of 2017, I received a phone call that would change my family's life forever. My sister-in-law had unexpectantly passed away sometime during the night. She was only 39 years old and had 3 kids without fathers. The kids needed someone to step into parental roles immediately. Meet the kids Dawn, age 18 Dawn … Continue reading Unplanned Adoption: A Course in Advanced Parenting Skills
I've been missing The Decent Mom, have you? If you've been wondering where I fell off too...life happened, as it always does. Things got intensely busy in the fall when I started taking college classes. Then my sister-in-law passed away suddenly, which led to our adopting our beautiful niece. It's just been insane! Things are … Continue reading The Decent Mom Returns!
I read an article on Scary Mommy today that really hit a nerve with me. The author details how she would want her husband to raise their three daughters if she were to die first. Since my anxiety has often focused on "if I die first", of course I read it...ready to nod my head … Continue reading Dear Husband: If I Die First
Everyone has at least one regret in their life that they wish, more than anything, that they could undo. Perhaps you wish that you could un-say some harsh words to a loved one. Maybe you broke something out of anger that can't be fixed. What if you cheated on your spouse and threw away your marriage … Continue reading Living Your Fullest Life With A Regret You Can’t Forget
Ten years ago this summer, my daughter Lahna died due to complications from Trisomy 18. This article describes the immediate grief aftermath of her death. Mississippi Man and I grew stronger as individuals and as a couple, but it hasn't been easy. The day after Lahna died, I woke up with a few seconds of peace. … Continue reading When My Sweet Baby Died: The Hard Grief Aftermath
I had the perfect first pregnancy. All the tests during the pregnancy came back normal and I was so thrilled to become a Mommy after so many years of wishing for a baby. When Lahna came into the world she weighed 3 lbs 4 oz and was very sick. She was rushed to the NICU … Continue reading Lahna, and Trisomy 18: When My Baby Died
Sisters understand one another like no one else ever can. Mississippi Man and I have been married 14 years and he is, without a doubt, my best friend. There are limitations to what he is able to understand about my upbringing. My sister, Amanda, has been with me through the most formative periods of my life … Continue reading Sisters Bond Beyond A Lifetime
Whether it's depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, bipolar, OCD or a plethora of other disorders...we just keep things quiet and swept under the rug. The conversation about mental health has started to happen but normal people, like you and I, need to be honest and open about our own issues. There's no shame in admitting that … Continue reading Mom’s On Prozac and Goes To Therapy
People want change. They want to make the world a better place, but don't know where to start. The best way to make that change is easy and immediate: volunteer. Finding the time to volunteer can be hard, especially for a Mom who works full time. When you find something that you are passionate about, … Continue reading Mama, Volunteer!