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Perspective – The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Best Mother's Day Gift

It is not often that I am stunned silent. But this is what happened after my nine-year-old son looked into my eyes and awed me with his response to the news that I would not be moving my home-based daycare to a new location like we previously thought. I expected him to be upset because the kids […]

Disappointment

disappointment

Sometimes disappointment feels like a physical punch to the gut. A reminder that not everything happens the way you want or plan. I first experienced this feeling when I was seven-years-old and my parents sat me down to tell me that they wouldn’t be living together anymore. No one asked me what I thought because […]

Do We End Up Exactly Where We Are Meant to Be?

We end up where we are meant to be - @TinystepsMommy

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we end up doing what we do. Do we set our own course in life, or does life set its course for us? Is there a larger calling for each of us, or do we just fall into doing something out of necessity? And is it possible that regardless of our plans […]

It’s My Job to Remember

It's My Job to Remember - even if my children can't. @tinystepsmommy

I wrote this post nearly two years ago and nothing has changed. I want to remember. I want to cling to so many precious moments. It’s not always easy to do, but I try my best and am grateful for my blog. Even if you don’t want to share your memories with others, it’s incredible […]

Breaking My Silence: Why I Believe Faith is Like Love

Faith is like love - @tinystepsmommy

“Why aren’t you writing? I want to see you on the computer writing again.” This may be the most romantic thing my husband has ever said. He knows how much I need to write. He understands how not writing weighs on me. More importantly, he believes in me. So, today I am going to break my […]

The Impetus for Change is Compassion – #1000Speak

impetus for change is compassion. #1000voices @tinystepsmommy

Sometimes when I read about the suffering of others, especially the suffering of children, my stomach turns ever so slightly. Emotions begin to creep in — sadness, discomfort, guilt, frustration, fear. My heart palpitates and my mind wanders. So, I take a deep breath and try to focus on the people right in front of […]

This Is Marriage

This is Marriage - @TinystepsMommy

The greenish-blue hue of the cheaply made hair net matches his eyes. The blankets cover his body and the IV bag hangs behind him. He is about to be wheeled into surgery – a minor foot surgery to remove a broken sesamoid bone which has caused pain for nearly two years. I hold my breath […]

Baby Fever Is Real – Help Me Shut It Down

Baby Fever is Real @Tinystepsmommy

Baby fever is real. It’s a scientifically proven feeling that can creep in from time to time. In my late twenties and early thirties, it was all I could think about. I wanted a big family. I wanted to surround myself with little ones and absorb all of their baby cuteness. I didn’t care about […]

In Dreams You Are Always Close

I Will Always Remember Daddy

It is has been a year since we said goodbye. A year without your Hawaiian shirts in the summer and brown sweaters in the winter. A year without your cheesy jokes and your sometimes inappropriately timed sense of humor. A year without your advice and support. My car broke down and I cried because who else would […]

Why Does Anyone Make a Choice to Change?

Change is a choice @tinystepsmommy

“So what makes you unhappy?” It’s a question that stopped me in my tracks. Am I really unhappy? Or just wishing to improve certain aspects of my life? Can you desire change without being miserable? I pondered this for days. Why does anyone make a choice to change? Is it jealousy, fear, anger, sadness, discontentment… […]