All Gain, All Pain

…”Here’s the thing. This is going to sound like I’m whining and complaining about my son making progress. This is not the case. This is me, being terrified, worried, and anxious about what my family’s future is going to look like. This is real. And, as you’ve seen in my writing before, there is a constant mix of emotions when you’re in a situation like mine…”

Greetings From Washington, DC!

“Have you heard?! We’ve moved yet again, and are just finishing up our first month here in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. To be clear, we don’t move annually for then fun of it — I hope our move back to New Orleans next fall will be the last for a long time…”

It's (actually very) Complicated

“The truth is, life is always complicated. Sometimes more so, sometimes less so. We can not control the fact that there are so many layers to life. That joy coexists with grief, loss, and suffering. That three steps forward can also mean ten steps back. That you won’t always get help when you need it, that you won’t always feel strong, and that you will inevitably feel exhausted. I think, if we can accept these facts, and learn how we cope with these moments — then we can make our lives less messy, less complicated than before…”

Parenting v. Caregiving

“Until recently, I’ve been hesitant to refer to myself as a “caregiver” — I mean, aren’t all parents “caregivers”? The short, more obvious answer is — yes, of course, we all care for our children. But, in all honestly, I’m more and more aware of the difference between “parent” and “caregiver” as each day passes…”

Ethics 101

“Remember that class you had in college, where there were no right or wrong answers, only "best" answers? Scenario after infuriating scenario was presented, and you had to make your case for how you would get the best possible outcome, only to never actually get validation that your answer was "correct." Ethics. My entire life is now an ethics course…”

To SAHM or Not to SAHM

“…Two years into being a stay at home mom, it's dawned on me that I don't think I am stay at home mom material. I love my son more than anything in the world, and his appointments used to keep us extremely busy. But now, things are slowing down (knock on wood), he spends two full days at school every week, and - don't get me wrong, I love all the snuggles, but he needs more and so do I…”

Medically Complex Marriage

"I don’t think it’s nice to talk badly about people behind their backs. Which is why I’ve asked my husband for his blessing to publish this article.  Here’s the thing, I’ve gotten so many comments and messages about how strong we are as a family, and I can only imagine it looks that way in the one or two pictures we have on social media together as a couple..."