Ode To My Sister

May 4th birthday gratitude entry: “I can be on a plane in two hours, by your side by the end of today!” This was the text I received from her as I awaited results from my husband’s hospitalization. Though we had been distant for many years – I immersed in motherhood and she in marriage…

Yes, a 4th!

May 2nd – birthday gratitude entry: “Really? A fourth one?” The sonogram showed that we were going to be welcoming our fourth son. Of course, I was elated. Another child! That said, in the previous few years, my mom had passed and there was an ache within me that I (mistakenly) believed a daughter would…

Raising Alex

I have five children. They’re mostly grown and gone now, living within a couple hours of home. I am so SO thankful that they’ve established themselves close to me, at least for now. Each has their unique personality. Each makes me CRaZzzzzy and each makes me slap-my-knee laugh out loud. I love this! Same mom,…

My Autistic Son Raised Me

I remember it very well. I fretted aloud that my second-born son must be deaf and/or mute. At 18 months, he had no words, minimal mutual correspondence, and displayed eccentric behaviors. My mother-in-law turned to me and quietly said, “I’ve been wanting to say something. Perhaps you should get him tested.” My heart jumped into…