Millie Killpack has four children; the youngest two have spina bifida. Despite the grief she sometimes feels for the struggles her children face, Millie tries to make sure their family’s additional challenges don’t keep them from progressing and having fun along the way.
Through her children’s health challenges, Becky Ackroyd has learned to educate herself, disengage from less important pursuits, and lean on others for support.
After Brittney’s husband died in 2011, she had to work even harder to find balance. She’s learned to prioritize time with her family without neglecting to take care of herself.
In one of our most poignant spotlights yet, Mary Jo Hartle–who is blind, as is her husband–describes the joys and trials of raising her daughter. We loved everything Mary Jo had to say, so we invite you to set aside some time to read this extended spotlight.
Shani Whisonant believes in preparing nutritious meals, holding her daughter long and tight, following her instincts…and making sure her daughter leaves a ring around the bathtub every evening.
Truly, there is not enough time and we lack the energy to do every good thing or enjoy every beauty that the world has to offer. Instead, we’ve decided to carefully chose and enjoy as much as we can together.
Mothering her eight children isn’t always easy for Sara Though some days are hard, Sara learned the most important thing is to never give up.
Julie has a large family with a big age span. She’s learned to value consistency and strives to keep the family dynamics in tact while her children pursue extra-curricular activities.
Laurie Snider never wanted to her six children to doubt her love for them. So she decided to stop yelling and make sure everything she said to them was said calmly and lovingly. She gave them, in the words of one of her daughters, a childhood that was like a big sparkly cloud of love, kindness, and respect.
LaRee Florence didn’t plan on becoming an award-winning theater director. All she asked is, “What is needed?” Turns out her daughter needed to become an actress, and her community needed a family-friendly youth theater company.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my son sat with me and we held hands and cried. That’s what I needed right then.
I love to write, and I have made that passion central to my experience as a mother. My writing is not only for my children; it is also for me. My #1 coping strategy during the challenges of life is writing.