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Dear Maria, So there is a trend among blogging moms, especially blogging moms of kids with special needs, to post only the best moments, or the most meaningful moments. We post only the teaching moments, only the moments in which we wish the world was different for our children, or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, You are eight years old this Christmas, and I'm blessed with another Christmas where you still believe in all of the magic of Christmas...all of it. The letters, the elves, Santa Claus, the North Pole, the lights, Rudolph's red nose blinking in the night. You melted when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, About two months ago, we were standing in line at Subway to get a meal on one of our many road trips. You set your jaw tightly and looked at me very seriously…this is usually a pretty bad sign for me. “I don’t believe in One God,” you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, Ohhhhh Father's Day. I wonder what you're going to think about Father's Day when you're older. When you read blogs and posts by single moms, they usually talk about the "dread" and "disappointment" of Father's Day - having to explain to the teacher that mom will be coming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Maria's Grace
Last weekend, Maria and I returned to Victory Junction. This was our second family weekend, and her third time at camp, as she went for five days this summer. It could not have come at a better time – this year has been centered on my hand surgeries, and Maria... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, It was the spring of 1996. I had just turned 14 years old, and was completing the eighth grade. The radio exploded with Lauryn Hill's voice, a remake of an old song "Killing Me Softly". Every single fourteen year old girl sang that song like it was her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Maria's Grace
This post is for a woman I have never met in person, but met on our mutual (and virtual!) journey through the Grace and Strength Lifestyle program...I have never met this woman, or her wonderful husband, but we are kindred spirits, on a very closely aligned journey of adoption and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Maria's Grace
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Jun 15, 2013
It was the day of the interview. I had been mentally preparing for this for over a week now. The day had finally arrived, and I was very nervous...only three hours left. First, a shower, a blow dry, straight hair. Next to find the perfect outfit...something that said "Responsible, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Maria's Grace
Every once in awhile, something really gets my attention and makes me want to write. Sometimes, I have brilliant ideas in the most inconvenient places. The stairwells, the car, my bed...places that I will never write them down, and most likely never remember them, so they will never come to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Maria's Grace
Today, June 2, is National Cancer Survivor Day. Interestingly enough, I had no idea about this, though I have had a surviving daughter for the past 5 years. It was not until reading this mom's heartbreaking blog that I knew about the day at all. Even as I learned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, These are the things that people don't talk about, the things that people pretend are not happening when they pretend that life is perfect. Last year, at just five years old, you told me, "I don't want to be in this life anymore. It's too hard, and it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Maria's Grace
It's November seems to come so quickly these days...and each year that flies past, my daughter becomes stronger, more beautiful inside and out, and more amazing than ever before. I never thought it possible, because she was my superhero from the time she was an infant...but she continues to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, When I was in college, I went through a country phase. Well, who am I kidding? I'm still a country fan, so I guess you can't really call a twelve year love affair a "phase". I find a lot of the music to be repetitive...but the lyrics to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Maria's Grace
I decided to take a break from the letter format, at least for tonight, and post a simple update, just to let people know where our life has been and is going! We had a very busy summer...lots of weekend getaways and a wonderful trip to visit my mom in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, I am finally sitting down to write Ode to IgG. For the past year and a half, all I have done is sing the praises of this miracle drug. Chemotherapy is the drug that saved your life...IgG is the drug that gave you a life back. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, A while ago, you told me that you are never having children. Your rotten Uncle Map had not turned the TV off when you walked into the room while he was watching SVU, and you got to experience a traumatic childbirth on TV for a few seconds, before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, How many times have you heard someone say the phrase, "This is the best day of my LIFE!"...or in contrast, "This is the worst day of my LIFE"? In elementary, middle, and highschool, I probably had hundreds of best and worst days of my life. Drama ran high... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, A few months ago, while getting ready to go the to beach with a friend, I received a call from another Tubie Mom in crisis. We chatted for awhile, worked out ways to "fix" her crisis, and then said goodbye. I resumed getting ready for the beach, at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, We have this little tradition, you and I, that we started a few months ago. It goes like this: I sit on the floor and hold you in my lap, usually after medications at night. I hold you completely in my arms, and ask you if I can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, This is the time of year when people are jolly. They deck the halls and eat candy canes, hang stockings by the fireplace and brightly colored lights outside of their homes. Christmas time is here again, bringing with it the romanticized visions of Santa Claus and little elves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, I'm not sure this is even a letter that is exactly for you...but I figure some day, whether or not I eventually meet a man who will be a part of both of our lives, you will have questions about this period of time. From time to time,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, At school today, someone told you that you have "a mixed up life." You shared with them just a little snippit of your background when they asked you why you don't have a daddy. You shared how you had a birth mother and birth father, but now you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Maria's Grace
Dear Maria, I'm not gonna lie...this has been a very difficult week. The past few weeks, to be honest, have not been a walk in the park. Mostly, this has to do with your eating. When you were a baby, a toddler, even a preschooler, I could give you basic/simple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Maria's Grace
My wonderful and esteemed blog followers....tonight, I write a note to ask your help. Many of you have seen my Facebook posts about the Vivint Gives Back project, and my messages imploring you to vote for Journey 4 A Cure. This non-profit was created to raise money for pediatric cancer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at Maria's Grace