As I sit here today, I can’t help looking around and wondering how I got here. That’s the crazy thing about life. You don’t know where it’s going.  You can’t see the twists and turns that will come into your path. What...
Have you ever seen a boulder opal? They are found only in Australia, and form in the cracks, hollows and fissures of ironstone. The brownish, dark color of the ironstone contrasts the full opalescence blues and greens of the...
It’s funny how one thing can come to represent something completely unrelated. How something very simple can come to be symbolic of something very complex. For me it’s flowers. Simple. Beautiful. For me they’ve come to represent independence, truth,...
I lead two different lives. So does my son.  I have a life with my son and a life without my son. And my son has a life at my house and a life at his dad’s house. His dad...
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Can You Prepare for Grief?

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One of my favorite lines from fiction is “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Like Anne of Green Gables, I love Octobers. I love the soft light filtering through colorful leaves. The crisp...
“Mama, that guy has a robot leg!” my five-year-old son exclaims as we pass a man with a prosthetic leg.  He is simply noticing differences, but he's certainly not the most politically correct child.  We also have had a child...
Two months ago, I got hearing aids and I mostly LOVE them. I've wanted hearing assistance since I was 5 years old and first learned that my hearing was pretty bad. I was never a good candidate for standard...
When I dreamed of being a mom, living with autoimmune disease never appeared in that vision. When I thought about all the lessons I would teach my children, managing a chronic illness never made the list. Now I can't help...
May 10, 2017. It's a day that will be forever engrained into my life as a major turning point. In the months leading up to that day, I had been sick with four separate severe upper respiratory infections. The...
I recently came across an Instagram account of a woman close to my age who has a form of muscular dystrophy. While our disabilities are different (I have spinal muscular atrophy), many of the struggles she expresses are similar...

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90s Throwback Bash: Join us November 2nd

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Join Co Springs Mom Collective on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 7 PM for this fun adults-only night out event! Grab your favorite date night partner or...