Refresh(er)

I attended Refresh Chicago this weekend.  I had been planning this for months.  It has been on my calendar since March.  I barely made it.  Joe and I had a HUGE fight.  The kid in our home who struggles the most with attachment chose the week of the conference to have a week of meltdowns.  This…

Click Click.

First, I just have to tell you this story.  It’s totally unrelated to anything I’m about to write about, but it just happened and it is SO indicative of what life is like around here that it simply must be shared.  The big kids are out of the house right now at various activities, FPD…

I Slept Through This Part Of Anatomy & Physiology…

I don’t talk a whole lot about my bread & butter.  I’m a working mom.  Did y’all know that? Hmmm, maybe not.  I am.  My jobs don’t have a whole lot to do with my kids (well, they have a whole lot to do with kids, just not mine).  Besides being a mom, which is…

Inside my little bubble.

I live in this little bubble in our community.  We live in a city of nearly 300,000 people.  Not too small.  Diverse for its size.  A place where my kids are never really looked at twice when it comes to skin color.  Yeah, we get questions.  But, generally they’re people telling us that their cousin/aunt/niece/mother’s…

Date Night.

FPD haven’t been on a “date” in as long as I can remember.  Yesterday was an especially hard day.  While finding Comfort again was a silver lining, the rest of the day was a really dark cloud.  My kids are doing GREAT.  We’ve made great strides with Giggles and ShyGuy.  I think they’re really starting…

The Stigma Stings.

Before I took on a leadership role for the general peds clinic where I currently work, I was a Pediatric HIV Case Manager.  This means I helped my little (and not so little, I managed college students as well) clients and their parents manage their medications, labs and all the resources available to them in…

You like us! You really like us!

Yesterday was an exciting day.  My business made the front page of our state paper.  For good things, not for bad.  I’m SO proud of my awesome teachers.  They do all the hard work, I have the easy job of paying the bills and praising them for all they do.  It made my day to…

Finding the balance.

Today was tough. FPD was at home with the kids while I headed off to work. Not to my job at the clinic, but to work in my early childhood learning centers. Because, there is no adoption leave from a business you own. We’re opening a new one (this is center number four, a preschool…

Public Service Announcement

This is a Public Service Announcement from your local, super friendly, pediatric nurse. This PSA is dedicated to your 4th of July festivities: –Please don’t give your children illegal fireworks and then come running into my after hours clinic with partially missing digits. It’s awful. And, you should go to the ER. Or, don’t give…

A Red Ribbon.

Today I cleaned out my desk. A job I held for two years is now done. I case managed over 20 women through their pregnancies in those two years. Some were drug addicts, some were homeless, some I watched relinquish their children to foster care, some should have. All of these women were HIV positive….

Lighter Things.

Life is settling back into its normal routine, jetlag is fading and my post-Ghana culture shock is subsiding. I was prepped for how much culture shock I would have going over, but not coming back. The guilt of what I’ve witnessed versus all I have here weighs on my like 10 tons of bricks. The…