The Blessings of a Good Mom

The Blessings of a Good Mom

Twenty years ago, on a record-breaking hot July 3rd, I stood over my mom’s hospital bed and said good-bye to my best friend. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer only three weeks earlier, and complications put her death on the fast-track. I had just turned 20 years old. Each July, the memories of my mom wash over me with the hot Texas breeze. Sometimes the memories introduce the feeling of loss and grief anew. But as I grieve, I’m reminded...

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The Last Straw–Really

The Last Straw–Really

Living in the world of Wild West gunslingers would’ve been my undoing-I can see the scene unfold. “One more step and I’ll shoot.” My adversary chuckles, spits, and takes one more step toward me. “Really-one more step and I’ll shoot.” His eyes never blink as he takes one more step. You get the idea-I’d be a goner. My kids figured this out a long time ago. Make your beds before you leave, take out...

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At Last

At Last

A bit of bippity-boppity-boo dust, the help of two sisters, and a dress with sparkles turned my special needs daughter into Cinderella last night. Prom night. Cameras, strobe lights, hip hop, line dancing, off-key Mamma Mia choruses, a live band, Italian cuisine, friends holding hands, hugs, and laughter. Something every mother wants her child to experience. Ten years ago, I struggled to accept the reality of my daughter’s special needs....

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