Shaky Knees and a Strong Foundation

Counting down the minutes, I triple-checked my WiFi connection, credit card out and ready to go. The tickets were about to go on sale. My hands were shaking and heart pumping with extreme excitement. I refreshed my browser, and the adrenaline rushed through my hands....

What I Learned Having a Stroke

A few weeks ago I had a mild stroke. I was putting on my makeup, and when I looked into the mirror and smiled to add my blush, I noticed that the left side of my face didn’t go up. I tried “readjusting my lips” and smiled again. Still a broken smile. I quick put on...

Good vs. Perfect

I saw one of those cute motivational quotes on Pinterest recently that read – “Saying, ‘Oh, I’ve already ruined my good eating today: I’ll just eat crap,’ is like saying, ‘Oh, I dropped my phone on the floor; I’ll just smash it ‘til it breaks.’” Ouch. I do this...

When Did Vacation Get So Hard?

This last spring I went on a vacation to South Beach, Miami. I stayed at a place right on the beach near the pier, the most affluent and expensive part of town. I was able to do so because of a deal I found online and a free flight voucher, not because I’m wealthy. I...

Gluten FREEdom

Contrary to popular belief, the gluten-free lifestyle isn’t just a trend. Trust me, I want that donut and those pancakes and that Chinese food. I wish my body absorbed nutrients correctly. Let me take you back to my “growing up” years. I was in the third grade. Mom...

Our Story of Autism

By the time my youngest son was three months old, I knew something was different. He didn’t sleep like my first two children slept. He didn’t respond to me like my first two children did. He stiffened his body when I held him. (I held him anyway.) He...