April 7, 2020

After feeling down and a bit discombobulated during the first week I decided it was time for a plan. This was going to be my new normal for a while and I needed to make the most of it. On a normal weekday, I am up at 5 am. Jon and I usually leave the house around 7 am...

January 20, 2020

In the quiet (and not so quiet) moments of life, I often forget to stop. Just stop. Stop thinking. Stop doing. Stop making lists and plans. Sometimes I just need to stop, be quiet, maybe say a prayer or nothing at all. I need to get better at stopping. In my life as in...

September 23, 2019

My life has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for the past four months. I have been feeling for a while that my life needed some changes. The biggest change that needed to happen was that of my job. I was frustrated, bored, and not getting anywhere. I kept look...

May 17, 2019

Karen Schirmang was my 1st-grade teacher. She was teaching partners with my mom who was also a 1st-grade teacher at Des Moines Christian School in the late 1980s. She was a little lady with a big personality. She also had a big laugh. A big loud laugh. You could hear h...

November 9, 2018

I love my birthday. I'm proud to get to another birthday each year. For all the insecurities and struggles I face every other day my birthday is the one day I wake up with that "Heck Yeah!" attitude. I feel powerful and accomplished that I have yet again conquered anot...

October 9, 2018

As many of you know my dad survived two massive heart attacks last week. He had to have 3 stents put into two major arteries that were blocked in his heart. It was scary and unsettling to say the least. In my life I have always been the patient. I am the one with all t...

September 1, 2018

Hello Friends! Happy September! I hope you all had a great summer! Mine was busy and seemed to fly by. It definitely ended too quickly. My husband and I have had a few "inconveniences" this summer. Let me tell you about a couple of the bigger ones and share a little ab...

April 26, 2018

This past weekend I was invited to participate in the 1st annual Congenital Heart and Arrhythmia Symposium at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I was invited as an attendee, a vendor for my book, and a speaker during the support group session. I was excited and nerv...

March 5, 2018

Dear Younger me,

I have so many things I’d like to tell you and I honestly don’t know where to start. You were born with a congenital heart defect. That much you know. Heart problems, I am sorry to say, will continue to always be a part of your life. Medications, doctor...

January 1, 2018

Hello again everyone! I am back after a month-long hiatus. It wasn’t planned, but I think it was necessary. December was filled with illness and struggle in my house.

December was a rough month in my house. I went into the month excited to be a part of my church’s Chris...

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