March 31, 2014

Of all the hats I have worn in my life, the most difficult one has been the "mother hat."

 

Being a mother is on-the-job training with no handbook to follow. It's a job where mistakes matter and where success is hard to measure. The stakes are high – there's no do overs...

February 6, 2014

I reached into my pocket of a jacket that I haven't worn in a long time, and I found this movie ticket that had "senior" written on it. I realized right away that the ticket stub belonged to my mother who died in July 2012 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

 

Goin...

September 17, 2012

I know I have not been updating my site. Please forgive my absence. The following link to today's blog will give you some insight into where I've been for the past few months. Thanks for your patience.

 

http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/goaskmom/blogpost/11554161/

July 6, 2012

I lay on the floor next to my mother's bed last night listening to her breathing, counting the breaths. One, two, three, pause.

 

I was listening for a change, a sign that she needed me. Several times I jumped up to check on her and then fell back into a light slumber lu...

June 16, 2012

I ran across a quote in a book I am reading by author Gillian Flynn that reminds me so much of my mother: "She of the rocket science brain and the rodeo spirit."

 

It is this dichotomy that I believe made my mother so engaging to so many people. There's no doubt that she...

June 3, 2012

"I don't want to eat at the table tonight," my mother said to me.

 

"Why?" I asked. "Is it because you're so tired?"

 

"No, because I'm tired of pretending?" she replied.

 

"Pretending what?"

 

"That everything is normal."

 

I, for one, don't think that I am pretending everythin...

May 23, 2012

Sometimes a family crisis can unleash the need to write like no other event in your life.

 

On April 20, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. It is now my focus and the focus of our family.

 

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/madelinelamb

May 16, 2012

Today, I deleted my mother's phone numbers in my Bluetooth display in my car. Every time I pulled up my "Quick Dial" list, it was a painful reminder that I used to call my mother multiple times a week, sometimes multiple times in one day. Part of me still has a fantasy...

May 1, 2012

 Last night when I got home from the hospital, my husband and several of our friends were cutting wood in the driveway. They were working by flashlight. As I got closer, I realized they were building my mother a wheelchair ramp. My eyes filled up with tears as I took i...

April 29, 2012

“Each entry touches my heart so much that I have temporarily substituted this book for my usual morning devotional. God works in mysterious ways. If you are a parent or are ever planning to become one, I highly recommend this book because it gives insight into the mind...

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