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Hard As A Mother: Part 8

Hard As A Mother: Part 8

  Sunshine: Mothering a Sick Child I knew it was going to be bad when she woke up. 5:30 am phone call from her room, in tears, and in serious pain. Start the medicine… ibuprofen and hydrocodone. Switch every 3 hours. Still pain despite medicine that […]

Hard As A Mother: Part 7

Hard As A Mother: Part 7

  Parenting: Expectations Vs. Reality   BED REST! Hearing those words from my doctor released an overwhelming fear flooding down to the very core of my being. The struggle begins! That sense to protect, to sacrifice, to love, quickly shifted into overdrive. In the fifth […]

Hard As A Mother: Part 6

Hard As A Mother: Part 6

  Babies: Expectation Vs. Reality   I just put down my 21-month-old daughter in her little pack-n-play next to our bed for the night. She sleeps there about 12-13 hours a day. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night. Most of the […]

Hard As A Mother: Part 5

Hard As A Mother: Part 5

Working Moms   I used to think that growing up and becoming an adult was going mean ultimate freedom and lots of money! Well, that fairy tale ended pretty quickly after college when I started working the Monday after I graduated on Friday in 2012. […]

Hard as a Mother: Part 4

Hard as a Mother: Part 4

Community   I freaked when I found out I was pregnant with my first child two months after I got married. From tears of fear to wanting to trust God had a plan, I poured it all out on my poor husband. That was not […]

Acceptance: The Bitter Truth

Acceptance: The Bitter Truth

A couple hours after my mother had passed away, I remember sitting at the dining room table. I was completely numb and staring blankly out the window. I was home alone, and my friend was on her way to come pick me up, because she […]

Bargaining: Stage Three Time Loop

Bargaining: Stage Three Time Loop

Deal (noun): an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context. Before writing this article I never believed in bargaining. I’ve always been a “make it or break it deal” kind of woman. So […]

Anger: Bitterly Broken

Anger: Bitterly Broken

May 6, 2016 I received the message that my dad had died. It came as such a surprise, not because he was super healthy (he wasn’t), but simply because the little girl in me still sort of thought he was invincible. My relationship with my […]

Black Girls Speak: The Prayers No One Prays

Black Girls Speak: The Prayers No One Prays

When my sister announced her pregnancy to me, I instantly prayed for what would never make sense to a Sunday Morning congregation. “God, make her a girl because black boys are so vulnerable.” I prayed you were a girl I because knew, should you be […]

Holiday Grief and the Gospel of Being There

Holiday Grief and the Gospel of Being There

“If you need anything let me know.”  I’ve heard this sentiment from countless people, more times than I can remember. In the time frame I heard it the most, I was also walking around in a twilight zone (or so I felt), life seemed unreal, and […]