Today you are ten weeks and two days old, and today is the last day of my maternity leave. As I mentally prepare to head back to work – taking care of other people’s sick children – I feel...
Have you ever been in a club? Usually you know something about the club…what it’s all about, its goals, the activities, the responsibilities, maybe even some members or officers. You would never join a club on the spur of...
Some of you may recognize the title from Game of Thrones: "Mother of Dragons." Unfortunately, it is not original to me. However, there are days that I feel like it is the perfect description of my role. My oldest daughter...
July of 2015 was the first time in my life that I got a positive pregnancy test. My husband and I were so excited – we cried, we laughed, and we told our close friends and family the weekend...
There I was, sitting alone on the toilet in our master bathroom, trying to avoid glancing over at the thin little stick sitting on the counter.  One minute passed, then two.  After three full minutes I dared to pick...
We felt like we had been waiting for an eternity for the day to arrive. It wasn’t an eternity, really, but it felt like it. He had been in foster care--our care--for 574 days. My husband and I had no idea...
November: the beautiful month full of life’s little pleasures. You can watch squirrels so diligently gather and hide acorns for the winter, see wild turkeys majestically strut across the empty fields, and see children’s sweet breath as they run...

When Miracles Happen

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It should have been my baby’s 1st birthday. But it wasn’t. There was no birthday cake, no balloons, no party. Just me, feeling sad about what could have been, what should have been. I’d lost that baby more than...

Lost

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Until recently I’ve been telling people that I lost a son. I don’t say it much, mind you, because it is not something that easily comes up in conversation. However, when the...
I’m in total denial. There is no way my baby is turning one year old this month. It’s just not possible! It seems like yesterday that I was big and pregnant with our first baby but somehow a whole...

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Crash Course in Engineering: The Latest Iowa Children’s Museum Play Pack

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...