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I Need to Tell You Something
I hold the piece of paper in my trembling hands. The wrinkles from how often I crumpled the paper only to straighten it back out again as I changed my mind one more time making the material feel almost soft. I wrote this letter knowing that I would not be able to keep my thoughts straight without it. My mouth is dry, it feels as if I have inhaled sand and I lick my lips to try and get myself ready to speak. I know what I have come here to say today will be difficult. I look at the wrinkled notebook paper with its tattered edges from the spiral and begin to read.
You Left, But I Have Questions
A Letter to My Birth Mom, If you listen to everyone talk about my arrival, I was unexpected but definitely wanted to the point where I was apparently celebrated and spoiled during the course of my formative years. But when I was four, you left my father for a new life that somehow couldn't include me.
Dear Mom, You Forgot Me
Before he died, dad said that I had not yet grieved for your passing. That isn't true, I grieved for the 2 years you both lived with Linda and me -- long before your body died, I mourned your parting when you stopped recognizing me as your son, or even remembering my name.
Thanks for Being There (Even When You Didn’t Have to Be)
A memory showed up from nine years ago. I usually don't bother with photo memories from Shutterfly. I just happened to be feeling romantic today, and wondered if there were any good photos of my husband and me. There were, but they weren't the ones I expected. I didn't realize I would be filled with emotion as I opened it. Tears flooded to my eyes as I remembered. You were the proud parents I always wanted, and thankfully somehow I got them.
About Abby's Crutches ✨
Hi! Welcome back! 🌱 We are always asked about Abby's crutches - "'When were they introduced to her?' 'How did she learn to use them?' 'Where did we purchase them from?'" Today is the day where we share it all!
meet Em + Abby 💕
I feel like an introduction was the only way to start in this new space ... So, hi there! Welcome! 🌱 My name is Emily and that beautiful girl standing next to me is Abby! You may have seen a heartfelt video floating around the internet of a sweet girl, in a Texas shirt, walking across her living room for the very first time at seven years old. That little girl's story begins far before her first steps ...
Your Poor Rick
“We saw your poor Rick,” they say in the grocery store aisle. I smile, unconvincingly, and compare jars of spaghetti sauce that I don’t even want.
What to Expect When She's Expecting
Congratulations! You are going to be parents! Good on you two! Okay mate, I’m going to call you mate because mate, things are never going to be the same ever again… And by never again means before the little one or ones arrive.
Chocolate Applesauce Cupcakes
Today was the ten-year anniversary of my grandmother’s death. I was 14 at the time, and 14-year-old me didn’t really have any understanding of death or grieving a loved one. So for a few years, it was just really sad. And as much as I despise myself for this, with each passing year I started to forget the anniversary altogether.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL PICTURE DAY A SUCCESS!
Hey hey hey! It's SCHOOL PICTURE DAY and when I tell you we were READY this go round... we were READY! I'm not gonna lie... beforehand, I wasn't sure which outfits to select, hairstyles to do, etc... but in the end the photos turned out INCREDIBLE and more importantly, Jaxson and Jayla enjoyed every minute of their photo-taking experience!
Ready to Fly
My son is currently in Montana at my nephew’s house for a couple of weeks. He is running, lifting weights, swimming, boxing, and shoveling snow (hoping to do some snowboarding too). I have spent my days trying to stay busy so I can distract myself from the fact that he is not here. He doesn’t exactly like to hang out with me when he’s at home (he’s 17 years old), but I know he’s here. On the occasions when he wants to talk to me or show me something I enjoy the interaction.
3 Lessons to Be Learnt From the Death of a Loved One
Recently I’ve received the news that my grandma’s Alzheimer’s has worsened— she’s dying. I hadn’t had the chance to see her for a long time because she lives in a different country. Seeing what she looks like now was startling as I’d always remembered her as lively, cheerful and energetic.