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Anything You Say or Do

My mom lifted the lid to my old childhood sandbox, revealing a large, ugly toad, sitting right in the middle of it. My children looked on with fascination at the creature while my mom, my sister, and I screamed, jumping up and down to no end. My son, unfazed by our reaction, went to climb… Continue reading Anything You Say or Do

Childbirth · My Heart

Child Birth: the Ache of Love

Welcome to the Share Your Story event: Childbirth – Your Stories This post was written as part of the Share Your Story event hosted by Kids in the House. Our contributors have shared their stories, struggles, and wisdom about the unforgettable yet unpredictable event that is childbirth. I remember thinking there could be nothing as… Continue reading Child Birth: the Ache of Love

Childbirth · My Heart

800 Moms Died Today

My labor pains were excruciating, the groans severe, and yet not one time did I fear for my life. I was recently made aware of an ugly statistic: 800 moms died today either before, during, or shortly after childbirth. 800 more moms will die tomorrow. The number 800 continues on. The majority of these 800 deaths were preventable,… Continue reading 800 Moms Died Today

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Forever My Passion

I did not truly know what love was before you entered my world; how much passion could be wrapped in one tiny being. I had you early in life, only 18 months after graduating college. I barely stepped foot into the “real world” before stepping right back out to spend my days with you. I am… Continue reading Forever My Passion

Daughters · My Heart · Readers' Favorites

Fighting the Beauty Epidemic for Our Daughters

She showed up at our place around Christmas. A gift from a relative for my two year old daughter, who at the time gave her little interest. This past month she was rediscovered in a pile of toys and suddenly became the “mommy” to go along with our “dad.” I was recruited to play along, and… Continue reading Fighting the Beauty Epidemic for Our Daughters

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Dads: the Unsung Heros

Katie’s dad was a tough man, never showing affection, never saying “I love you.” Katie tried hard to win his favor but to no avail. In middle school, she was given her first make up kit. Beyond excited, she dabbed a little here and a little there. She was now beautiful, she just knew it.… Continue reading Dads: the Unsung Heros

My Heart · Readers' Favorites · Real and Raw

To the Unloved Child

I was in an awful dream involving some pungent oder I could not leave. I woke to discover my daughter laying next to me, bits of the brown stuff laying beside her. I quickly stumbled out of bed to grab wipes and discovered a trail of it, beginning at my sheets and traveling down the… Continue reading To the Unloved Child