Loving

From One Child to Another

I’ve heard my friends talk a lot about how different it is to go from having only one child to having two or more.  While that’s very true, it’s even more true when your first child has special needs.  To add another child into the mix can be terrifying, exhilarating, and overwhelming.  It also adds…

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Hold On, Pain Ends

Today is Wishful Wednesday and that means that I’ve been sitting here thinking of wishes, listening to my heart.  What’s on my heart today is the struggle we all face as Modified Mamas.  The struggle to be the same people we were before our kids were diagnosed.  That struggle, that pulling at your very being,…

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Enough is Enough for Me

Thankfulness.  It’s something we should all strive for.  If we think we have nothing for which to be thankful, we have a sad life, indeed.  Whenever I start to feel down about something, I try to remind myself of the things I have that are amazing.  For instance, when I feel down about my weight,…

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Potty Talk (Not the toilet kind)

Confession: I have a potty mouth.  I say bad words.  I tell dirty jokes.  I laugh at double entendres, and bad puns.  I am sometimes sarcastic, and always dry.  I think it’s funny when someone lands a good, “That’s what she said” joke.  And, I’m always up for a funny meme. Here’s the thing, though.…

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Things I’ve Learned As a Mother – Updated

Oatmeal and peanut butter are hard to clean up. They both stick to everything they touch. “No” doesn’t always mean “no” to the child who hears it. Selective hearing is a real thing. Kids say exactly what they are thinking, especially when you don’t want them to. Potty training happens when your child is ready;…

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Wishing for Talking

There are days when I wish more than anything that my son could talk.  He is 10 years old and is non-verbal.  I know I’m not alone in wishing this.  A lot of Mamas and Papas out there have never heard their child utter a single syllable.  Some of us have heard our children speak…

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The Happiest Place on Earth

Joel and I took the kids to Disney over the Christmas break.  This doesn’t sound like a major undertaking, but it wasn’t easy, either.  With Jamie’s disabilities, we had to make sure he would be comfortable, warm (even though it’s Florida, it DOES get cold), and wearing dry pants (we’re still in the midst of…

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Wishing for Peace

Some days, I wish for lots of things.  Today, I’m finding that I only have one wish.  My wish for Wishful Wednesday is to have a peaceful life.  I went to church on Sunday, after having been away from the fellowship for a couple of years.  Truthfully, I haven’t been an active church member since…

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Thankful for Positive.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about resolutions, learning from my mistakes, and trying to learn to love myself.  It’s a hard thing to do; love oneself.  Most days, I’m fueled by coffee, toast, and adrenaline.  Today, is no different, but also there is a sort of acceptance of myself thrown in.…

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Elf on the Shelf

There are a lot of folks out there who are against the whole Elf on the Shelf idea.  I’m not sure why.  Some say it’s because he’s creepy, or that he is used to bribe kids to behave (don’t we already do that with Santa?).  For our family, it’s just another fun tradition we do.…

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Mrs. Responsible

There are times, like today, when I’d love to be irresponsible.  I’d love to be the one who doesn’t remember what time the kids have to be at school or therapy.  Or the one who never remembers where I put my cell phone, keys, wallet, belt, and shoes.  But I’m not.  I’m a Mama.  Mamas…

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I’m sorry. I love you.

Last night, I was lying in bed watching “Four Christmases”.  Now, this movie did not win any Oscars for best picture, but it was an enjoyable movie for lulling me to sleep.  I was lying there, thinking about the weekend and how Joel and I had a few moments this weekend where we just weren’t…

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My 30 days of thankfulness

Every year, I do a 30 days of Thanksgiving on my facebook status.  Now, some of you have read them since we are personal friends; but I’m guessing most of you haven’t.  I’m going to share my favorites with you below.  Some are silly, some are serious.  But they are ALL heart-felt.  I love to…

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Two hours in the life of this Mama

Sunday night I am lying in bed and thinking to myself, “I need to go to Kroger tomorrow and to the bank.  Then I need to go get my nails done again because they look like shinola.  Somewhere in there, I need to get gas for the van, take Abby to the groomer’s, and then…

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How to Piss Off a Mama

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re just so unbelievably pissed off that you can’t see straight?  I have!  Usually, it’s when someone has said something completely hurtful or ignorant regarding one of my kids or my mothering.  The following is a list I’ve compiled, with the help of Nicole, to tell…

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