Tagged with Courage

Finding Their Voice

Finding Their Voice

It’s been a long break from writing. When my own mother wants to know why I haven’t written, you know it’s been a long time. Frankly, I haven’t quite known where to start and how to begin. Life has been chaotic, tumultuous and riddled with ups and downs since my last post in January. Yet, … Continue reading

Weighted Blanket of Motherhood

Weighted Blanket of Motherhood

In the early hours of the morning, I wake with an overwhelming weight upon me. Aside from the 80 pound lab that snuck into bed and is found sleeping on my legs, it’s the weight of motherhood and parenting that blankets and envelops me. A seasoned veteran by now with three children, I’ve got years of experience … Continue reading

Measure of Marriage

Measure of Marriage

For the joy and for the pain…  For the laughter and the tears… For the celebrations and the disappointments… For the wins and the losses… For the joy and the sorrow… For the fights and the forgiveness… For the challenges and perspective… For the resolve and the respect… For the patience… For the loyalty and … Continue reading

We Forge Ahead

We Forge Ahead

I made it through to the other side of August and we welcome with open arms September.  With a promise of cooler temperatures, college football and baseball for the boys, September could not have arrived sooner.  The emotional roller coaster continues and we continue along for the ride.   Harper is now a “failure to thrive” … Continue reading

August

August

A month of anniversaries, life altering events and haunting memories. While the physical and emotional wounds have long ago healed over, they’ve left behind jagged, deep scars. The increasingly hefty serving of gratitude, humility, perspective and mortality gets harder to swallow each year.    A month where the weight of our reality is simply difficult to … Continue reading

Mad Money

Mad Money

We gather in the heat of the southern Atlanta summer each year to honor those who have supported us, worked with us to raise money for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Race for Research and with hope that we’ll celebrate another year of my continued stability. This year was no exception. In-fact, this year was … Continue reading

Owning It

I figure if I had the audacity back in November to proclaim that I was going to train and actually run a half marathon, I should go ahead and come clean that I’m not. I tried. I really did. I followed a schedule. I was making progress and I was ticking off those miles. I … Continue reading

The Legacy

In a recent on camera interview I was posed a question I never saw coming. As the words came out, one by one, forming the sentence and posing the question, the hair on the back of my neck rose. My pulse quickened and my chest got tight. Shit! I thought. Fight. Fight back the tears.  … Continue reading

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

I saw him sitting on the stairs, messing around with his brother and I grabbed my camera. Moans, groans and “Quit taking pictures MOM!” were audible as I came down the hall. I assured them it was not their faces I was interested in and they lost interest in what I was doing. I took … Continue reading

Waiting Games

We’re all waiting for something. Whether banal or earth shattering, each something we wait for means something meaningful to each of us.   If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing this blog, it’s that while I write for me and my family, I’ve come to appreciate that what I write affects others. If I’m feeling something, … Continue reading

Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

It had been three years. Three years that felt like three minutes once she walked in the door. Our lives have changed dramatically and the challenges we face have grown exponentially in the years since we were last together.  Yet the beauty of our friendship has continued to shine through the years and the distance. … Continue reading

The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift

My father stopped over yesterday for a late afternoon visit. He kept me company on my afternoon carpool run, took in some snuggle time with Harper, stayed for dinner and entertained the boys with brain teaser games. He arrived carrying a frame. Clearly excited to give it to me, he insisted that he share the story about it before letting me … Continue reading

Living My Mantra: Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Generally operating as an attack at 100 miles an hour type, I’d rarely approached anything slow and steady until the early days after my surgery in 2008.  However, there’s nothing like facing recovery after brain surgery, working to clear the cobwebs and getting cognitive functioning back on track, to drive home the reality and importance of slow … Continue reading