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The Howard meltdown

You know what’s super loud at 6:50 a.m. in the morning? A six-year-old screaming at the top of his lungs. And just when I thought he couldn’t possibly get any louder, we walked outside the house onto our super quiet street to catch the kindergarten bus. I’m not sure if the actual decibels associated with … Continue reading

Back when

My sister and I were talking yesterday about how weird it is to send your kids on the bus and have them find their way to class all on their own. I know this has been going on for a long time, but it’s kind of nerve-wracking as a parent. In Rowan’s case, he has … Continue reading


Some days I feel like I’m absolutely rocking this parenting gig, and this morning was one of those moments. I woke Rowan up at 6:20, and I asked him, “What would you like for breakfast?” “Surprise me,” he said. “But I don’t want regular milk or cereal or strawberries. And I don’t want a muffin.” … Continue reading

Leap of faith

There’s this giant leap of faith involved in placing your kindergartener on an empty school bus at 6:52 a.m. in the pouring rain while it’s still dark outside with a driver only known as Mr. Jack. Can we talk about that pickup time for just a minute? 6:52 a.m. Ugh. I needed a nap by … Continue reading

This guy…

…is 12 years old today. Smack dab in the middle, he’s a great little brother and a fantastic older brother. I always tell him he has the best of both worlds. It seems impossible that this day 12 years ago, we weren’t sure if he’d make it. I think at this point, I’d already seen … Continue reading

If heart mamas ruled the world…

…I think this would be an excellent start. Although there’s no way this is an exhaustive list by any means. 1. There would be no 4 a.m. x-rays followed by 6 a.m. weight checks. 2. Every child would be required to have all vaccinations unless an actual medical doctor has given a reason that a particular vaccination … Continue reading

A Sweet Forever

I know it’s been a sweet forever since I’ve updated you guys on Colman, but on the upside, there really isn’t much going on. And that’s a good thing! Colman had a clinic appointment at TCH towards the end of September and there wasn’t much to report. Everything looks about the same. His heart really … Continue reading

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I know I usually blog on congenital heart defects awareness and issues related to having a child with a major heart defect. However, I am and have been involved in children’s healthcare issues for a long time in our community by serving on a couple of different boards at … Continue reading

…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We survived the first week of school. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little rough. Junior high is hard, y’all. And I have two in junior high now. Liam is in the eighth grade and Colman just started sixth grade. Sixth! Ugh. The first day was bad. Colman came home in tears … Continue reading